Netardus addresses community leaders

By Robert Proctor

The Cuero Record

Anthony Netardus’ acclimation to agriculture started well before he move to Cuero in the mid-1990s. He was born and raised on a dairy farm in Jourdanton. For the past 23 years, Netardus has been the DeWitt County Agriculture Extension Agent. He spoke last week, Feb. 2, at the Cuero Development Corporation’s Community Leaders’ Meeting at the Cuero Municipal Library.

Last July, the Extension Office partnered with the Texas Rural Leadership Program and the University of Houston-Victoria for the purpose of leadership development and initiating a community project.

Two things happened shortly after which postponed the next meeting. First, Hurricane Harvey’s impact on the county shifted the immediate focus to cleaning up the area. Next, TRLP executive director Ronnie McDonald resigned to run for U.S. Congress in District 27.

With a new executive director taking over soon, their next meeting in Cuero is scheduled for April 19-20.

“We really want to move forward with this project,” Netardus said.

Currently, Netardus and his office are in the midst of stock show season. There are four shows in the county each year, including Cuero, Yoakum, Yorktown and Nordheim. Cuero’s is the county show. This year’s show is set for Feb. 27-March 2.

In 2016, Netardus had a study compiled of all the shows in the county. Of the 321 kids who showed animals, 255 made the sale (135 4-H, 120 FFA). Nearly $1M was made throughout the county ($970,605.80). Cuero totaled $621,000; $173,000 for Yoakum; $124,000 for Yorktown and $53,000 for Nordheim.

Lastly, Netardus made note that Governor Greg Abbott appointed Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp to lead the Governor’s Commission to Rebuild Texas following Hurricane Harvey. Sharp chose to work closely with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agents, like Netardus, in the effort.

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