UW-Extension in Calumet County is excited to announce the addition of our Agriculture Extension Educator, Amber O’Brien, to the UW-Extension team. For the past six months, Calumet County Extension Committee and partners have been working with Area Extension Director, Catherine Neiswender, to bring on a new agriculture educator to address issues facing agriculture and be a resource for area producers. Calumet County boasts a strong and diverse agriculture economy. This position will focus on issues facing farm management, livestock, crops and forage, and agriculture awareness.
Amber brings a passion for agriculture and a diverse work experience to the position. Amber worked as a Certified Veterinary Technician and Herdsman at Holsum’s Elm Dairy and Drumlin Dairy in Calumet County with both cows and goats. She also spends time working on her father’s grain farm with all aspects of the business. Amber has an Associates Degree in Applied Sciences, and recently earned her Bachelor’s degree in Science with an Animal BIology emphasis from UW Green Bay. Amber has a strong work ethic and is a community volunteer, including volunteering at the birthing barn at the Calumet County Fair. Amber also has a passion for gymnastics and was a YMCA gymnastics coach for 5 years motivating and training young gymnasts to achieve their best. “I truly appreciate all aspects of the agricultural industry, old and new, and understand the hard work that is put behind the food on our tables every day,” reports O’Brien.
Amber begins her position on June 1. Light refreshments will be served from 1-2 pm on Friday, June 1 at the Calumet County UW-Extension office at 206 Court St, Chilton, WI 53014, Room 301. Please stop by the office to meet Amber and welcome her to the position. We hope you can join us!