Extension office welcomes new FCS agent
By Haley Schichtl
The Carroll County Extension office has a new family and consumer science agent, Torrie Smith, who began work on Monday, Nov. 2.
Smith is a Stone County native who worked as an FCS agent in Van Buren County for the last six years. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in nutrition and a master’s degree in FCS from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.
Smith transferred to Carroll County right after returning from maternity leave. Her 11-month-old daughter, Magnolia, is now in daycare, and Smith said she misses her very much.
“My husband got a job at Alpena — he is the girls’ basketball coach, so we moved up here,” Smith said.
Smith said she likes working in family and consumer science because she gets to teach people all kinds of life skills, such as budgeting, food preservation or family life.
“We provide all kinds of education to people in all walks of life, and contribute to the health and wellness of people in our community,” Smith said. “We have different curriculums for different programs, and we’re experts in all these areas, so if someone needs a program and we don’t have a curriculum for it, we know how to make the program and get them the information they need.”
Smith said her job is going well so far, and she’s excited to work with the people of Carroll County.
Extension agent Olivia Foster said Smith will be responsible for the Extension Homemakers Club, and will help with the 4-H program.
“She’ll be answering any questions people might have about nutrition, food preservation, health and exercise, personal finance, child care, aging, emergency preparedness,” Foster said.
Foster said the Extension team is “tickled” to have Smith.
“She was an outstanding agent for Van Buren County and we feel super lucky to have her and can’t wait to see what she is going to do for the people of Carroll County,” Foster said.