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June 08, 2010

Sam Groce named Chatham Extension director

Sam Groce, long-time agriculture and livestock agent with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service in Chatham County, has been named to direct the county's Cooperative Extension program.

Groce's appointment as Chatham Extension director was announced by Dr. Joe Zublena, interim director of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at North Carolina State University, and Charlie Horne, Chatham County Manager. Groce succeeds Glenn Woolard, who retired last year after a 32-year extension career.

Groce, of Siler City, joined extension in 1993 as an associate agent in Chatham County. He has served since 1997 as the county's agricultural agent, providing educational programs related to livestock and forages as well as farm business management, field crops, aquaculture and pesticide education.

As Chatham's agricultural agent, Groce coordinated efforts to organize a county Agricultural Advisory Board, then worked with the board to develop a voluntary agricultural district ordinance for the county. He was also the recipient of the 2010 distinguished service award given by the North Carolina and National Association of County Agricultural Agents.

Groce has a bachelor's and a master's degree, both from North Carolina State University and both in agriculture education. Before joining the Cooperative Extension Service, he taught agriculture at Lee County Senior High School in Sanford and Western Harnett High School in Lillington and floriculture and Randolph Community College in Asheboro.

"Sam brings almost 17 years of extension experience, all in Chatham County, to the county director position," said James C. Cowden, director of extension's North Central District, which includes Chatham County. "We are fortunate to have him as county extension director."

Cowden added, "In addition to his new administrative duties, Sam will continue his educational responsibilities in the areas of livestock and related programs as well as community and rural development. As the economy moves out of recession, Sam will provide the leadership and knowledge of extension programming that are needed to meet the needs of Chatham County citizens."

D. Caldwell

Posted by Dave at June 8, 2010 03:44 PM