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Alabama Cooperative Extension has named Joshua Melson as the new County Extension Coordinator for Lawrence County.  He will begin his new duties June 20.

Melson is a 2012 graduate of Auburn University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies emphasizing Agriculture Leadership Studies and Education. He will complete his master’s degree in Agriculture Leadership from Auburn University in December.

“I look forward to the opportunity to serve as county extension coordinator for Lawrence County. My objective is to be a resource and servant to the wonderful citizens of Lawrence County,” said Melson.

Melson comes to Extension from the Alabama Farmers Federation, where he served as area director for seven counties. As area director, he served as a liaison between the state federation and local county federation board of directors and committees. He also served as a liaison between elected officials and the counties in regards to the Alabama Farmers Federation policies.

“Josh comes to ACES from a career with the Alabama Farmers Federation, which offered him the opportunity to develop a diverse professional background steeped in leadership, program development and marketing.  I am very excited about the innovative spirit he will bring to his new role as the County Extension Coordinator in Lawrence County,” said Stan Windham, assistant director, Program Operations and Innovations with Alabama Extension.