Rachel Owens Joins UC Extension Team

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Rachel Owens Livestock Agent

I wanted to take a moment and introduce myself. I am serving as the new Livestock Extension Agent here in Union County. I recently moved here from Giles County, Virginia where I served as an interim Agricultural Agent. I was responsible for all agriculture-related programming, though my focus was primarily on beef cattle. I received my Bachelor’s from Virginia Tech in Animal Science and then ventured to Texas, where I earned my Master’s in Agricultural Business and Economics from West Texas A&M University. I was raised in a military family, so I didn’t have the opportunity to grow up on a farm. But through my variety of classroom and extension experiences, I have a strong foundation in livestock, primarily beef cattle, and horses.

I am hosting an informal meet and greet on Thursday, June 27th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Union County Agriculture Center for anyone interested in getting to know me as the new livestock agent. It will be a drop in style, so come whenever you are able during that time and leave whenever you need to. If you can’t make it to the meet and greet, feel free to come by the Agriculture Center during normal business hours and say hello, or give me a call. My office phone number is 704-283-3739 and my cell phone number is 704-238-7196. I can also be reached by email at rachel_owens@ncsu.edu. I am already enjoying my time in Union County and I look forward to serving and getting to know this community.