Beacon Tabs OSU Extension 100 Years - Page 15

Golden shares memories from OSU Extension Offi ce By Jen Jones COSHOCTON - In July of 1978, Paul Golden started working at the Coshocton County OSU Extension offi ce as the agricultural, natural resources and community devel- opment agent and retired as the county extension agent almost 30 years later, on Jan. 1, 2007. “I always felt it was an honor and privilege to work for OSU Extension. Best job I could have ever chosen,” said Golden. “It provided me with the opportunity to work with the people in the community on a daily basis bring- ing researched knowledge to the farming community and the local citizens.” Golden said his primary focus in agriculture was a little of everything, but his specialty leaned more toward farm management and safety. He worked with farm and busi- ness organizational issues, estate planning, farm part- nerships arrangements and family succession planning. “Th ese were among the more challenging and rewarding opportunities in my career professionally and always conducted in a strict confi dential atmosphere.” His farm safety programming gave him the oppor- tunity to address farm needs of the community with a large range of educational endeavors to promote a safe and healthy environment. Local needs assessments were completed and the extension offi ce developed programs for diff erent agronomic and livestock issues, along with natural resources. “Th rough the eff orts of our local volunteer citizen committees, we developed an extension economic de- velopment task force to address the needs of the com- munity over the next 20 years. In addition, citizens and local offi cials presented an updated and viable long term comprehensive land use plan to our local county com- missioners,” said Golden. Contributed Contributed In 2005, Golden was awarded a distinguished service award by the National Association of County Agricultural Agents. “I miss working with the people and clientele in Co- shocton County. I knew every day I would learn some- thing new from their concerns, questions and input. I miss working with the other educators, coworkers and offi ce staff . I knew I could always count on them for sup- port, their knowledge, transparency and integrity,” said Golden. In 2005, Golden was awarded a distinguished service award by the National Association of County Agricultural Agents. He was fi rst selected by agricultural educators in Golden Ohio for the service award presented by the Ohio Exten- sion Agents Association and that selection earned him a nomination for the national award. Golden said it was an honor to walk across the stage to receive his award. He also said he misses the OSU Extension State Spe- cialists and administrators on the university level that taught him so much. “Th e high point of my career – every morning I went to work, I loved it! Th is is all about the people we serve.” SNAP-ED program gearing up in Coshocton COSHOCTON -Th e Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Ed- ucation Program (SNAP-Ed) is a free nutrition education and obesity prevention program serving low-income adults and youth. It is funded by the Food Nutrition Service (FNS) branch of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). SNAP-Ed operates in 52 states and territories, and its focus audience is individuals and families eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assis- tance Program (formerly known as food stamps). In Ohio, SNAP-Ed has developed as a partnership between the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services and Ohio State University Extension. SNAP-Ed facilitates voluntary adoption of healthy food and physical activity choices and other good nutri- tion-related behaviors. SNAP-Ed teaches people to shop for and cook healthy meals. It also helps people learn how to make their SNAP dollars stretch. SNAP-Ed works with partners to make the healthy choice the easy choice Th is program will soon be off ered in Coshocton Coun- ty to qualifying agencies. Collette Burdette has been hired to work in the Coshocton County Extension Offi ce as a SNAP-Ed Program Assistant, and she will begin of- fering the program to schools and agencies that meet the income guidelines. If you are interested in learning more about this program, contact Burdette at 740-622-2265 or at burdette.26@osu.edu. Contributed | Beacon Congratulations Coshocton County OSU Extension! Boyer Insurance AUTO • HOME • LIFE • BUSINESS Taking Care of You and Your Family... Generation After Generation 15-B THE BEACON Call for a FREE Quote! www.coshoctonbeacontoday.com 740-622-2131 boyers1@nationwide.com 225 Chestnut Street, Coshocton APRIL 17, 2019