Archive for Thursday, May 3, 2007

Extension adds horticultural agent

May 3, 2007

Johnson County K-State Research and Extension has hired Chelsey Wasem as a horticulture agent. Wasem will share program responsibilities with long-time horticulture agent Dennis Patton.

Wasem earned both her bachelor's degree in horticulture and her master's degree in entomology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

She worked as a research assistant in the University of NebraskaÂ's Department of Entomology and as an extension intern in Lancaster County, Neb.

Wasem will be responsible for the Extension's turf, fruits and vegetables educational programming content. Patton will cover ornamentals, trees, shrubs and flowers. They will share responsibilities in supervising the 320 Extension Master Gardeners who, in 2006, donated 34,502 hours to the Johnson County community. Based on the estimated dollar value of volunteer time of $18.04 per hour for 2005, Johnson County master gardeners provided $622,416 of services to the county.

K-State Research and Extension provides research-based information to improve the quality of life for families and businesses. The Johnson County office is located in Olathe, at the Sunset Drive office building.

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