Lonnette Marsh has been appointed interim Regional program coordinator for The Cooperative Extension Program at A&T’s Central Region. Marsh is providing leadership to the Cooperative Extension field staff in the middle third of the state’s counties. She oversees program development, staffing and staff development, marketing and other administrative responsibilities. Marsh also will work extensively with N.C. State Cooperative Extension district directors and county Extension directors in coordinating efforts. She will continue to provide leadership to the A&T Cooperative Extension’s student internship program. Marsh was a district director with Virginia Cooperative Extension for seven years prior to coming to A&T, and her contributions as a district director led to the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors conferring the title “district director emerita” on her in 2010 when she wrapped up a career that began in 1988.
Dr. Noah Ranells, A&T Cooperative Extension’s small farm agribusiness management and marketing specialist and Small Farm Unit Coordinator for the Center for Environmental farming Systems (CEFS), is coordinating the Small Farm Collaborative that is unifying resources and expertise from across the SAES and non-university agencies for a fused focus that unifies the surge in public demand for locally grown foods with A&T’s well established expertise in restoring profitability to small-scale agriculture. Prior to joining the SAES two years ago, Ranells was the agricultural economic development coordinator for Orange County for almost a decade. His accomplishments there included business incubators for farms and value-added foods. From 1997 to 2004, Ranells worked in the Department of Crop Science at N.C. State, and among his responsibilities were the CEFS Small Farm Unit.