Elizabeth Meech has been hired as the new Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service 4-H agent in Wilbarger County starting Dec. 16.
“Elizabeth has the passion and skills of teaching youth, and I think she will be a great addition to the AgriLife Extension team in Wilbarger County,” said Dale Dunlap, AgriLife Extension district administrator in Vernon.
“We are looking forward to having Elizabeth on board in Wilbarger County,” Dunlap said. “Her 4-H history and experience in so many different areas will be an attribute to the program. She is excited about educating the youth in Wilbarger County.”
Meech is from Fort Scott, Kansas, where she grew up on a farming and ranching operation and participated in the 4-H program. She had projects in everything from showing livestock to horses, leadership, judging, foods and nutrition, and record books. She held several offices in 4-H at the county and district levels.
“My mom was a 4-H member and got my brother and I into it young because of the opportunity it provided us,” she said. “I was heavily involved in my county and district 4-H and loved every project I was in and made countless friends who I still connect with today. I’m excited to give back to the youth organization that shaped and taught me so many life experiences.”
Meech earned an associate degree at Fort Scott Community College and two bachelor’s degrees – agribusiness/equine industry and agriculture with a teacher certification – from West Texas A&M University. She earned a master’s degree in agriculture education from the University of Arkansas, and also completed 18 hours of a master’s degree in animal science from Sul Ross State University.
For the past four years, Meech has been an agriculture science teacher at Borger High School and an adjunct agriculture instructor at Frank Phillips College in Borger.
She said in her new position, she wants to share what 4-H has to offer youth and how it can better prepare them to be productive citizens.
“I want to promote the opportunities that 4-H can provide and the many different projects available for kids,” Meech said. “I look forward to seeing 4-H members learn, grow, lead and have many successes throughout their 4-H career. I’m excited to get started and get more youth and community members involved in all aspects of agriculture and 4-H.”