New Hill County Ag Extension Agent Eager to Serve Community

HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – The position of Hill County Extension Agriculture Agent, which had been vacant since March, has been filled.

Tom Allen began serving in the position Monday after spending the previous seven years working at the Northern Ag Research Center at Fort Assiniboine. Before that, Allen spent time as an extension agent for both Liberty and Chouteau counties.

Allen says his experience should make him a perfect fit for this position, especially when it comes to helping producers.

“If they have a weed problem, if they have a fertilizer problem, (I can) help them out with that. Ranchers with feed rations, calving difficulties,” Allen said. “Through my many years in agriculture, I have the contacts – If I don’t know the answer, I can go find it. I know who to talk to.”

Allen’s local roots on the Hi-Line are extensive and stretch back decades.

“Born on a family farm down in the Box Elder/Big Sandy area, I still live in Big Sandy, drive up here every day,” Allen said. “Been on the Hi-Line, got relatives that farm in Hill County and everything. I still live down in Big Sandy, I’ve been with Montana State University in one form or another since 1988.”

Besides helping out farmers and producers, Allen’s duties also include working with the 4-H youth. He says his office door is always open for anybody with questions.

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