Yoder named to lead 4-H, FCS programs

Dr. Mike Yoder, Extension assistant professor of animal science and coordinator of Extension disaster programs, has accepted the position of associate Extension director and state program leader for 4-H and family and consumer sciences, effective Dec.1.

A native of Midland, Mich., Yoder was an Osceola County 4-H’er where he participated in livestock and horse programs. He earned his doctorate from NC State University in 2007 in educational research and policy analysis and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Michigan State University in animal science. He also received an associate degree from Kansas’ Hesston College in agricultural production.

After graduating from Michigan State, Yoder accepted a position at Martin Community College in 1989 as the director of the equine technology program. In 1995, he joined the department of animal science at the University of Arizona as an educational specialist managing horse, beef cattle, sheep and feedlot education units and the feed mill.

In 1996, he came to NC State as a lecturer in animal science, and in 1999, he became the coordinator for the N.C. 4-H livestock program.

In addition, Yoder has served as the coordinator of Extension’s emergency and disaster programs. In this capacity, he has worked closely with both 4-H and FCS agents and specialists in disaster preparation and recovery. During hurricanes, floods and major snow storm events, he has helped ensure that citizens have factual information on food safety, mold abatement and elimination, financial continuity and elder care.

Yoder’s office will be in 520 Brickhaven Drive with the 4-H and FCS program team. He can be reached at mjyoder@ncsu.edu.

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