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Lewis field crops educator leaving Extension in mid-February

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LOWVILLE — The field crops educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Lewis County plans to leave next month for greener pastures.

Joseph R. Lawrence, who has served in the post since 2008, in mid-February plans to leave the Lowville extension office for a job with McClelland Agronomic Services helping local farmers achieve crop production goals.

“As a Northern New York native, I could not have asked for a better experience returning home to work in a great community with a remarkable team of people (past and present) at CCE, and a tremendous group of farmers and agri-service professionals,” Mr. Lawrence wrote in the extension newsletter. “My title has been field crops educator and, even though I was supposed to be the educator, I have learned so much from every one of you that I have had the opportunity to interact with.”

“I certainly wish him well in what he is doing, but he will be missed,” said Michele E. Ledoux, executive director of the Lowville extension office.

Mr. Lawrence has not only provided individual assistance to farmers throughout the region but also conducted a variety of research and publishes a Web-based weekly crop report for Northern New York, Mrs. Ledoux said.

The Cape Vincent native last summer received the New York State Association of County Agricultural Agents’ achievement award in recognition of service by educators with less than 10 years at an extension.

While earning a master’s degree in soil science at Cornell University, Ithaca, in 2008, Mr. Lawrence published three peer-reviewed journal articles on nitrogen management and manure application methods.

He is a columnist for the Journal and Republican newspaper in Lowville and was named among Northern New York’s 20 Under 40 Emerging Leaders by NNY Business magazine.

The Journal and Republican and NNY Business are both published by the Johnson Newspaper Corp., which also publishes the Watertown Daily Times.

Extension offices in Lewis and Jefferson counties have been sharing educational staff to serve farmers in both counties, which should help maintain services following Mr. Lawrence’s departure, according to Mrs. Ledoux.

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