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Summer Long Joins Clay-Owen Extension Office Staffs As New Ag And Natural Resources Educator

by Michael Stanley
Staff Writer


Summer Long, who grew up in nearby Clay City, began work this week as the new agriculture and natural resources educator for Owen and Clay counties. (Staff Photo) Summer Long, who grew up in nearby Clay City, began work this week as the new agriculture and natural resources educator for Owen and Clay counties. (Staff Photo) Summer Long began work this week as the new agriculture and natural resources educator for Owen and Clay counties, filling a vacancy left following the departure of Jenna Nees earlier this year.

Long, who is admittedly excited to be given the opportunity to work in a field she feels passionate about, will divide her time between the two county offices.

A 2004 graduate of Clay City High School, Long went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree in agriculture finance from Purdue University in 2008 and completed her Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Indiana Wesleyan University in 2014.

Growing up on a grain farm in southern Clay County, Long was a 10- year 4-Her and has experience as a 4-H leader in both Indiana and Illinois.

Long’s most recent work experience centered on real estate lending, following a stint in ag and commercial credit.

She and her husband, Greg, make their home in Clay City with two-monthold daughter Emily.

“I’m excited. My husband and I recently moved back to Clay City from the Quad Cities (region of four counties in northwestern Illinois and southeastern Iowa). Before I was in banking, I was in real estate lending so this is very different but kind of what I always wanted to do,” she explained. “I’m going to be responsible for agriculture and natural resources programming. I’ll also be working with the Skill-a-Thon for the fair, then we’ll set up programs throughout the year like master gardener, financial literacy classes, and others.”

Long, while noting a recent assessment of programming needs for the area included estate planning and tax preparation, said she plans to continue offering programs previously headed up by Jenna Nees prior to her late Jan- uary departure for a similar position in her native Putnam County.

Long can be reached by email at sumlong@purdue.edu or by calling the Purdue Extension-Owen County Office at 812-829- 5020. The office is located at 180 South Washington Street in Spencer.

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