Meet Lisa Brown – Menard County Extension Agent! Lisa recently won the top Professional Category Award for Plant ID at the Texas Section Society for Range Management meeting in San Angelo earlier this month!
Why did you become a County Extension Agent? Growing up in a ranching family here in Menard the local ranchers are close to my heart so the opportunity to work with them was exciting. I also knew working with the youth here in Menard…bringing agriculture into the classrooms of the hallways in which I used to walk myself would be rewarding. In addition I found great comfort in knowing I had 3 retired county agents and a retired range specialist living in Menard to help show me the ropes.
What are some concerns specific to agriculture in your county? Increased amounts of invasive brush and lack of water are the main concerns here in Menard County.
What is the most rewarding part of your position? Working with the ranchers and landowners would by far be my favorite part of this job. I have great respect for them as stewards of the land.
What is the weirdest request you have ever received as a CEA and how did you solve it? I received a phone call that went something like this: “My daughter just bought some goldfish. Can you sex them for me?” would definitely be my weirdest request. While I scrambled to figure out which specialist I should call to find out the answer to this question, the caller finally identified himself as a fellow agent playing a joke on me….we still laugh about this.
If you could be anything else, what would you be? A FULLTIME rancher…no doubt.