On Monday, Grand Forks County Extension will have an agricultural and natural resources agent for the first time in a year.
Katelyn Hain will start her job as Grand Forks County extension agent, agriculture and natural resources, on Dec. 16. Grand Forks County Extension has been without an agricultural and natural resources agent since former agent Sam Haugen left to work in his family’s nursery business near Fertile, Minn. The agricultural and natural resources extension agent position had been left open because of NDSU Extension budget constraints.
Hain will leave her position as Nelson County (N.D.) agricultural resource and extension agent Friday, Dec. 15. She has worked in Nelson County since 2014.. Before that Hain, who grew up in southeastern Minnesota, worked as an agent-in-training in Walsh County, N.D. She also has experience working for Dunn County, Wisconsin extension as an AmeriCorps intern.
Hain earned her bachelor’s degree in environmental and plant sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. After graduation, she initially focused on natural resources, but developed an interest in agriculture when she moved to North Dakota to work in Walsh County.
“As I started training in North Dakota , I became more interested in working with farmers. I find it very rewarding to work with farmers and help them,” Hain said, noting that farming requires a variety of knowledge from agronomy to business.
“I am looking forward to getting to know the new county and the new community and a new farm clientele, and working in the office. I’m looking forward to working with the extension employees,” Hain said.
She joins Grand Forks County extension agents MaKayla Fleming, 4-H youth development; Carrie Knutson, horticulture; and Laura Knox, extension parent educator; Linda Kuster, extension nutrition; and Molly Soeby, extension family and community wellness education assistant.