A North Dakota county is taking control of its ag agent, cutting NDSU's Extension Service out of the process.
Mountrail County commissioners voted August 5th to hire the current NDSU Extension Agent, Jim Hennessey, to lead the Mountrail County Ag Agency.
Commissioner Greg Boschee says the the county can't afford to lose a good worker such as Hennessey.
Hennessey had notified the commission he would be taking a job in the private sector.
Bouschee says the NDSU Extension Service did not show the flexibility needed to work with Mountrail County, where wages have been rising quickly due to the oil boom.
He says county officials offered to pay Hennessey funds in excess of his NDSU salary, in an effort to keep him on the job.
But Bouschee says NDSU Extension officials would not agree to that arrangement, so the county board decided to hire Hennessee on its own.
He says there will continue to be an NDSU Home Economist in Mountrail County, but not an ag extension agent as of September First, when Hennessey takes over the new job.
We contacted NDSU Extension for comments on the situation but did not receive an answer to our messages.