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Staff Spotlight

Gary Cross

February 2021

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!


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Gwen Rubio, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionGwen RubioCounty Extension Administrative Assistant Call Gwen Email Gwen N.C. Cooperative Extension, Granville County Center
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