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Nees ‘Returning Home’ To Putnam; Final Day In Spencer Is January 30

by Michael Stanley
Staff Writer

Jenna Nees Jenna Nees Purdue Extension-Owen County Agriculture & Natural Resources Educator Jenna Nees’ final day in Spencer will be Friday, January 30.

A native of Putnam County and a 2003 graduate of Cloverdale High School, Nees will serve as the Agriculture & Natural Resources Educator for Putnam County beginning February 2.

She currently resides in Cloverdale with her husband, Ryan Nees.

Nees has served Owen County since 2009, and Clay County since 2012. She obtained her bachelor’s of science degree in Agribusiness Management, with a minor in Animal Science from Purdue University in 2007 and earned a master’s of science degree in Agriculture Economics in 2008, also from Purdue.

During her time serving Owen and Clay counties, Nees hosted master gardener programs, co-chaired the Purdue Women in Ag Team, and specialized with land lease work for the agriculture economics focus group team.

“It wasn’t an easy decision to decide to leave, but there was an opening (in Putnam County) and I didn’t know if it would ever be open again,” Nees said. “I have had a great time in Clay and Owen counties and made a lot of friends, but it’s the same position I have now, except it’s in one county, so it will be nice in that regard. I look forward to still seeing some of the clients when they come to programs. I’m very appreciative of the people of Owen County, who have been very nice to me over the past five years. I hope they get a great educator to fill my vacancy.”

Following Nees’ depar­ture, Tammy Steiner will become the interim coun­ty extension director in Clay County, while Dave Schenck will remain as the Owen County Extension Director.

“We are sad to see Jenna leave Owen/Clay Exten­sion, but are excited for her as she gets to work in Putnam County where she resides. I know for me, it has been a blessing to work where I live adding so much synergy to the po­sition and my work with balancing my personal life. So I am very happy for her new opportunity as an Ag Educator in Putnam Coun­ty,” Schenck said. “Jenna has agreed to answer all Ag calls for Owen clients while we fill the position and will continue her Owen/Clay programs already planned. Jenna and surrounding Purdue Extension Educa­tors have assured us they will make all efforts to serve Owen questions and clientele until the position is filled.”

Some of the remaining programs Nees will work with include: Understand­ing land leases; beef cow- calf seminar on January 17; farm bill classes at five different locations; farm management seminars on January 27, February 3 and February 10; and the small farm conference planned for March 5-7.

“We will miss Jenna’s professionalism and en­thusiasm here in Owen County. She worked closely with Farm Bureau while here to keep a pulse on the agriculture communi­ty and has done countless programs over the years for clients,” Schenck added. “Moreover, she has been a state Extension leader for Owen County while in the position the last five years, serving on several state Purdue Extension teams including the Women in Ag Program Team, Purdue Succession Planning Team, and Land Lease Team Pro­gram. Jenna has helped locally with technology by helping out everyone in the office and starting a new Facebook page for Owen County and being the driv­er for one Purdue Exten­sion newsletter instead of separate topic newsletters here in Owen and Clay counties. She has also been a state Extension award winner, winning the Purdue Extension Land Lease Team award.”

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