By Shannon Johnson
“It’s everything from livestock to gardening and food preservation to 4-H with the youth,” Michael Millward, Fallon and Carter County’s new Ag and 4-H extension agent explained about his position. “My first day of work was September 3.”
Michael grew up in the small south-central Utah town of Bicknell. While growing up he spent a lot of his time working in the mountains with cows and working down in the valley tending to the hay fields that would be used to feed the livestock during the cold winter months. “I fell in love with range science,” he said.
After graduating from high school, Michael took his passion for range science and attended college at Brigham Young University in Rexburg, Idaho where he would graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife, Range, and Ecology with an emphasis in range. When he wasn’t busy studying, he worked at the university livestock center as the student manager, where he was responsible for several class projects, as well as all of the livestock.
After obtaining his bachelor’s degree, he moved on, still in pursuit of education, to New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM. There he would obtain his master’s degree in Animal and Range Science, studying the grazing distribution of cattle in large pastures. While he was studying at NMSU, he also managed the 60,000-acre Chihuahuan Desert Rangeland Research Center.
After obtaining his master’s degree, Michael stayed in New Mexico where he worked at NMSU as a rangeland specialist working at the USDA Jornada Experimental Range Station.
Michael knew that he wanted to come to this region for work. “I’ve always loved this area,” he explained. So during his job search when he saw a position for Carter and Fallon County he was excited to apply, and even more elated when he received the position.
He moved here with his wife Hayley and their two boys, ages four and one. “It’s beautiful,” said Michael. “I love it here.”