Stafford County Extension Agent Glen Newdigger is leaving Extension after 30 years of service including 17 years in Stafford County.

Thirty years have come and gone since Glenn Newdigger began his journey as county extension agent. For 17 of those years, Newdigger has called Stafford County his extension home. Prior to that, he spent 13 years in Barber County.

Now, his extension journey has come to an end and a celebration to honor his years of service is planned for 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Stafford County Annex Building.

Newdigger’s last official day in Extension will be Saturday, Aug. 11. He will be moving to Pratt to work in the trust department at The Peoples Bank.

Newdigger said he has enjoyed watching area 4- H kids become productive adults and good citizens. Getting to watch the children of his 4-H’ers go through 4-H too has been very rewarding, Newdigger said.

“It’s been a great experience to be part of their family and work with them over the years,” Newdigger said.

Newdigger grew up in southwest Kansas with 4-H and FFA. He enjoyed that kind of work and knew it was what he wanted to do for his life’s work.

The people he got to work with helped make his journey a success.

"I've been very fortunate to work with very good people, agents and office professionals," Newdigger said. "That's made it successful."

It's been exciting to see all the technology come into play for farmers. He enjoyed watching farmers incorporate precision agriculture with GPS and other technologies into their farming methods, Newdigger said.

Along the way, Newdigger has worked with Kansas State University Pride program that teaches people in a community how to make their community more productive and stronger. He worked with Visions that helps community set goals for what they want their city to look like in 20 years.

As for himself, being an Extension agent has impacted his life.

“I grew as a person. I got to work with a lot of individuals and personalities as well as ethnic groups,” Newdigger said.

He has lived the Extension motto of taking the university to the people and their communities to improve their lives.

While he leaves Extension, he has most certainly enjoyed the journey.

“I’d do it again in a heart beat,” Newdigger said.

Newdigger will be honored at the Stafford County Fair ice cream social from 6-7 p.m. on Friday, July 20.