Farmers will receive help from Muskogee ag agent
Farmers and ranchers in Sequoyah County will now be able to get help with questions about soil, water and other issues pertaining to agriculture from the Muskogee County 4-H and Ag Educator Todd Trennepohl.
Trennepohl, who is on loan from Muskogee County, was introduced by April Cole, Sequoyah County FCE and 4-H educator, to the Sequoyah County Commissioners Monday at their regular weekly board meeting.
Trennepohl said he will continue to work from Muskogee but will be available to offer his help to the local farmers or anyone who may need soil testing or water analysis, poultry, or other questions related to agriculture.
“Anyone having a question can contact April at the OSU Extension office in Sallisaw and she will get a hold of me,” Trennepohl said.
Nancy Johnson, NE
District Extension Director, said OSU pays for one full time educator and one full time administrative assistant for Sequoyah County but the county would have to pay for a full time ag agent if they ever decide to hire one.
Johnson said the reason is due to the cuts from the state level and counties who have a full time agent pay for most of their salary.
Cuts to the department have also decreased the size of the office, currently located on the ground floor of the Sequoyah County Courthouse, but Johnson said a plan is in the works for the Cherokee Nation to provide monetary help for a new facility for the extension office.
Trennepohl, who lives in Warner, said he looks forward to working with Sequoyah County. I’m here to help if anyone needs it,” he said.
“We’re just happy to have his help and we look forward to working with him,” Cole said.
“I have a great educator here and we’re just glad to help. We’re just looking forward for great things for Sequoyah County,” Johnson said.