DAFVM Spotlight Employee: Charlie Bush
When Charlie Bush heads out of the Simpson County Extension Office, you won’t catch him listening to the latest popular music.
“I like listening to the old country singers and songwriters, like Townes Van Zandt, John Prine and Hank Williams Sr.,” Bush said. “I haven’t listened to the radio in years.”
Bush spends a lot of time on the road, meeting with clients in his job as a county Extension agent. He’s been with MSU’s Extension Service since January 2010, after he got his master’s degree in agricultural business management at MSU.
“My favorite part of this job is getting out and being with people -- not necessarily handling things over the phone,” he said. “I worked as a county agent in Bolivar County for two years, until the position in my home county opened up. I’ve been in Simpson County since February 2012. I enjoy meeting different people and sometimes being able to help them with their problems.”
Bush enjoys the smaller scale of agriculture in Simpson County.
“The smaller scale allows me to get involved with more farmers, landowners and homeowners,” he said. “I try to help them figure out what to do and make general recommendations on cattle, hayfields, timber, ponds, trees, yards, flower beds, gardens and more.”
When he’s not meeting with clients or working with 4-H clubs, Bush writes for his weekly county newspaper, The Magee Courier.
“People who know of Extension have a pretty good overall sense of what we do. The problem is that too many people don’t know about Extension,” Bush said. “So I try to write an article twice a month about what I see going on in yards and gardens around the county. I list our county contact information at the end of each article so they’re able to use us as a resource. My goal is to reach people who don’t know about the Extension Service so they will consider calling us when they have a question or need some help.”
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