New face coming, one leaving extension
By Tim Linscott
“I wanted to get back to where I started,” said Doug Anderson, Perkins, Keith and Arthur Counties University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension Educator about his taking a job in Loup City.
Anderson was there for 13 years and will once again be an extension educator, working with the 4-H Youth Livestock program. Anderson’s last day working in this region was May 13.
“I will miss the people,” Anderson said. “It is always difficult to move because you leave behind a lot of good people. Perkins County has more than their fair share of good people, so it is tough.”
Moving will allow Anderson to be closer to family in Lincoln and will let him work with youth, an aspect of the job he enjoys.
There will be a bit of a re-shuffling of duties and coverage within the extension office. Debbie Kuenning, 4-H and youth educator, will be covering Perkins and Chase counties.
The current arrangement of educators covering Keith, Perkins and Arthur will shift to the combination of 4-H programs in Chase and Perkins counties on Oct. 1 under the guidance of Kuenning.
Adult education programs in Perkins, Chase and Dundy counties will be under the direction of Strahinja Stepanovic, a native of Serbia.
Stepanovic is an agronomist and is slated to arrive in the area in June.
The reason for the shift in duties is in relation to the Henry J. Stumpf International Wheat Center that recently broke ground just outside of Grant. The center will need the services of an agronomist to best coincide with the needs of the university, the wheat center and local producers.
The extension agency offices will be located at the Henry J. Stumpf International Wheat Center, which is projected to be completed by December and will include the counties of Perkins, Chase and Dundy.