When Ted Wynne was a Bleckley County 4-H’er, a county Extension agent made a lifelong impact on his career goals. Wynne is now the Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent and County Coordinator for Newton County, located on the outskirts of Metro Atlanta.
While Wynne’s workplace is rather more urban than the farms he grew up around in south Georgia, there is still a demand for information and awareness about agriculture.
“Many of the residents of Newton County appreciate the fact that our county still has green space in the form of agricultural production,” he said. “For several years, I have been working with committees that promote the many forms of agriculture, from row crops to organic produce. We view all agriculture as valuable, whether it is a homeowner’s apple tree or a farmer’s canola crop.”
Wynne is hands-on when helping clients solve problems. “I have always enjoyed getting out of the office to make visits, whether it takes me to a homeowner’s yard or to a large cattle farm,” he said. “I like to get out there and give personal service.”
Seeing new or young farmers get started is the most promising thing to Wynne. “I work with a few farmers that are in their early 20s,” he said. “Seeing young men and women get into an agricultural career is encouraging because there are so many other career possibilities today, and they are working in a field that I enjoy. We can relate to each other very well. It’s also rewarding to see people working outdoors and employing new technologies to enhance their operations.”
As the county coordinator, Wynne strives to not only lead the office, but act as a part of the team. “I like to be thought of as a team player who is willing to invest in the success of all programs,” Wynne said. “I’m the team player that knows a little about many things and am willing to help if I can.”
Visit the UGA Extension Newton County website for more information about local programs.
Published July 15, 2016
Ted L. Wynne
Agriculture & Natural Resources
"Seeing young men and women get into an agricultural career is encouraging because there are so many other career possibilities today, and they are working in a field that I enjoy. We can relate to each other very well. It’s also rewarding to see people working outdoors and employing new technologies to enhance their operations."
- Ted Wynne, Newton County Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent and County Coordinator
B.S.A. in Agronomy, University of Georgia
How did you get involved in your profession?
“I saw agriculture as the most logical career opportunity for me, so I pursued agriculture at UGA. What better agricultural career than being an Extension agent?”