Rusty Gosz, who formerly served as an Oklahoma State University Extension Agent, has been appointed as the Director of the University of Idaho Extension's northern district. He takes over the position from Jim Church, who was interim director until December.
Gosz was raised in New Mexico and obtained both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in animal science production and beef cattle breeding and genetics from OSU. After graduating, he worked for a feed and animal health company and then managed the Farmers Cooperative Association's five sites. Throughout his childhood, he was involved in 4-H and later worked at OSU where he was heavily involved in 4-H and FFA at a state and national level, with a particular focus on youth livestock activities, such as livestock judging. He also played a main role in organizing the Oklahoma Youth Expo, the biggest youth livestock show in the nation.
Gosz highlighted that in Oklahoma, "showing livestock is more important than high school football," noting that between 70,000 and 80,000 students participate in the activity in the state. In the forthcoming weeks, Gosz will be meeting personnel in the 10 counties of his district.