2013-07-10 / People

Burke County welcomes new 4-H extension agent

By Anne Marie Kyzer

Rebekah Bowan Rebekah Bowan She’s a product of the program herself.

So Burke County’s new Extension Agent for 4-H, Rebekah Bowan, understands how an active 4-H program can benefit a rural county.

Bowan, who joined the staff at the Burke County Extension Office last week, brings a lifetime of experience to the position. She grew up showing livestock and putting together winning District Project Achievement projects in nearby Emanuel County. As a teen, Bowan became a master 4-Her with her pork production project in DPA.

“My mom was an agent for a short while and always wanted us to be involved in 4-H,” Bowan explained. “So we did 4- H in a really big way.”

She said she looks forward to helping students have similar positive experiences in 4-H and feels Burke County provides a good opportunity to do so.

“This is a rural county like where I grew up and there’s a wonderful team of people to work with here,” she said.

Bowan came to Burke County from Jones County, where she was an associate with the 4-H program. She’s a graduate of the University of Georgia, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture, and of the University of Tennessee, where she earned her master’s degree in ag leadership, education and communications.

To reach Bowan or find out more about activities offered through 4-H, call the Burke County Extension Office at 706- 554-2119.

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