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New Marion ag agent lives in Washington County

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By Stephen Lega

 

The newest face in the Marion County Extension Office isn’t completely new to the community.

David Kessler, 55, of Washington County has been named the new Marion County extension agent for agriculture and natural resources. Kessler hit the ground running recently during his first day on the job, by assisting local farmers unloading cattle in preparation for a sale over the weekend.

“I enjoy helping people do the best that they can,” he said.

Kessler grew up south of Dayton, Ohio, but he’s lived in Kentucky since 1975, when he enrolled at the University of Kentucky, where he studied agricultural economics and received bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

After college, Kessler went to work for an energy company, working with coal, natural gas and electricity. He retired from that company in 2005, when he purchased a farm in Washington County.

He now operates a 105-head beef cattle operation on 330 acres of land.

Kessler has served as the vice-president of the Washington County Cattlemen’s Association and represented Region 5 (which included Marion and Washington counties) on the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association Board of Directors.

“I got to know a lot of people in Marion County through that,” he said.

Kessler said he’ll use his expertise in cattle to assist local beef cattle farmers. He also hopes to assist farmers in marketing efforts so they can get better prices for their products.

Kessler added that he will be looking to other extension agents and the University of Kentucky resources to assist him as he works to assist the community.

“I’ll do what I can to get people answers,” he said.