There's a new face at the University of Arkansas Extension Agency in Salem -- Brad McGinley, the new Extension agent for Fulton County, who started the job July 5.
"I worked in Stone County as an Extension agent for two years. I saw a better opportunity to move up the ladder in Fulton County," Mcginley said.
McGinley and his wife, Serena, moved into a home in Viola July 6. McGinley said his wife needs a teaching job and she might have better opportunities at finding a job in the area. Serena McGinley was a teacher in Fort Smith before the move and the couple had to spend some time living separately before the move, McGinley said.
McGinley grew up in the unincorporated community of East End, which is between Sheridan, Ark., and Little Rock. "My grandpa had 20 acres (of farmland) when I was growing up," McGinley said. "In high school I showed cattle," he said.
McGinley graduated from Sheridan High School in 1997.
McGinley received his bachelor's degree in agricultural science from Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia in 2001. He not only earned his degree there, but it is also where he met his wife.
In 2003 McGinley received his master's degree in animal science from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
McGinley and his wife did not come alone. "We have two horses and a couple of dogs," McGinley said.
"Everybody has been super nice," McGinley said. "We really like the area.
As Extension agent for Fulton County, McGinley will be helping agriculture producers and 4-H. "We have a sheep and goat workshop set up for July 20," he said. "We also have a beef industry tour Aug. 21, 22 and 23."
What does it take to be an Extension agent? "You've got to be willing to work long hours," McGinley said. "You've got to have a passion for agriculture and dealing with people."