RUNNELS COUNTY - Runnels County Extension Agent Garrett Cline is moving on to greener pastures and announced last week that he will be leaving Runnels County to to manage a beef cattle reproductive technology clinic in College Station.

RUNNELS COUNTY - Runnels County Extension Agent Garrett Cline is moving on to greener pastures and announced last week that he will be leaving Runnels County to to manage a beef cattle reproductive technology clinic in College Station.

His last day in Runnels County was Wednesday, Sept. 27. He started as clinic manager for Ovagenix, which is a company specializing in beef cattle reproduction on Monday.

Cline signed on as the Runnels County Extension Agent in May of 2015 replacing long time agent Marty Gibbs. Cline earned a master’s degree from Mississippi State University in 2015. He previously graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in animal science with a production option from Texas A&M University in College Station.

While attending Mississippi State, he served as a graduate assistant responsible for course and laboratory instruction, assisting with Extension beef activities, beef farm management and daily functions of the university’s animal and dairy science department. While earning his bachelor’s degree, he worked at Texas A&M’s Rosenthal Meat Science and Technology Center as a student worker.

He said his new position has always been a dream.

While in Runnels County, Cline oversaw the 4-H program, which he has said included some of the most dedicated student and families in any program throughout the state.

"This was not an easy decision to make, as Runnels County has become a home to me and each of you have become friends," Cline said. "Thank you all so very much for your constant support, guidance, and friendship over the last two-and-a-half years.

"The short time that I was able to work with Garrett in Extension work, I found him to be very conscientious in his endeavors," said Dale Duggan, chairman of the Ag and Natural Resource Committee. "He always wanted to do what was best for what ever program he was working on in the county. As we worked together he became more confident in himself and more comfortable in his job. I wish Garrett the best his new opportunity, and feel that because of his positive attitude and expertise in the field of animal reproduction he will do very well."

Chad Halfmann, who runs Halfmann Red Angus and is also on the Ag Natural Resource Committee echoed Duggan's sentiments.

"We will miss you and your professional talent," Halfmann said. "I know you have a passion for reproduction. Thank you for your contribution to Runnels County and agriculture."

Cline said he will always just be a phone call away if anyone needs his help.

"I will forever be a supporter of Runnels County, especially the tremendous young people that represent it," Cline said. "My phone number will not change and I ask that you, please, don’t hesitate to contact me if I can ever be of any assistance to you! Thank you again for the many valuable experiences I have had in my time in Runnels County!"