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Gary Cross, Ag Agent
Get to know our N.C. Cooperative Extension of Granville County staff each month!
Q -How long have you worked for Cooperative Extension and what do you do here?
A- 7 years in Granville County
Q- What has been your path to this position? What did you do before applying with Cooperative Extension?
A- I was a 9-year 4-H member/FFA crop scout during the summers from college. I received my Master’s Degree from Southern Illinois University and worked in the private sector 10 years in the seed industry. I have served as Director of Seed and Organic Programs for the Nevada Department of Agriculture, Director of Foundation Seeds University of Nebraska. I have also worked for Purdue, Kansas State, Texas A&M University Extension Offices as a County Director, Agriculture Agent, 4-H Agent, FCS Agent, Economic and Community Development Specialist.
Q- What is the best thing about your job?
A- Working on solving client’s issues.
Q- What is the best thing about Cooperative Extension?
A- Leadership and Service.
Q- What is “A Day in the Life” of your position?
A- Everything from pesticide credits to insect projects, research, and demonstration projects.
Q- What’s a fun fact about you or your position that many people may not know?
A- I grew up in the Popcorn Capital of the World.
Q- What has been one of your proudest moments working at Cooperative Extension?
A- I had the opportunity to help thousands of local clients find jobs and complete resumes from a plant closure.
Q- What is the best career lesson you have learned so far?
A- People are happy when you help them solve an issue that concerns them.
Q- What inspires you?
A- The need to provide non-biased education
Q- What do you like to do when you aren’t working?
A- Popcorn, History, Classic cars…which I need to get another one
…Stay tuned for the March Staff Spotlight!