OSU extension names Angima to chair Lincoln County office

January 13, 2006
OSU extension names Angima to chair Lincoln County office

NEWPORT, Ore. – Sam Angima, the new chair of the Lincoln County office of the Oregon State University Extension Service, brings experience from the American Midwest and Kenya to the central Oregon coast.

A specialist in soils and sustainable land-use management, Angima joins OSU Extension from the University of Missouri, where he provided extension education and outreach to eight counties in everything from pasture management to master gardening.

Before coming to the United States in 1996 to earn his Ph.D. at Purdue University, Angima worked in his native Kenya with the International Center for Research in Agroforestry, helping local farmers integrate livestock, crops and forests on their land.

"I like being in a position to help people," Angima said.

To learn first-hand how to help maximize agriculture in Lincoln County, Angima will work with local growers to develop on-farm experiments to find methods specifically suited to the land and climate of the central Oregon coast.

"Sam will head a dedicated team of Extension faculty in Lincoln County," said Deborah Maddy, assistant director of the OSU Extension Service. The office provides research-based programs in marine science, horticulture, 4-H youth development, and family and community development as well as agriculture and watersheds.

Angima, who replaces OSU Extension animal science specialist Jim Hermes as Lincoln County chair, is enjoying his first blustery winter in Newport with his wife Florence, five-year-old daughter Lily, and 11-month-old son Togio.

To learn more about OSU Extension programs, contact the Lincoln County office at 541-574-6534 and on the web at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/lincoln/index.php.

Author: Peg Herring
Source: Deborah Maddy