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County welcomes a new 4-H agent, Krista Otto
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Langlade County is welcoming a new 4-H agent.

Krista Otto, a native of Appleton, joined the University of Wisconsin-Extension staff as the 4-H Youth Development Educator earlier this month.

“I have a passion for working with youth, that’s what led me to 4-H,” Otto said. “Right now, I’m just soaking everything in. I’m enthused to see how much support there is from the community for 4-H.”

Otto’s background is in youth development, an important component of her job. Coming from an urban rather than rural background, she’s anxious to hone her 4-H skills in a largely agricultural setting.

Otto graduated in December from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a master’s degree in human and community resource management in addition to her bachelor’s degree in family life education.

She began pointing her career toward working with youth after working as assistant director at the Junction City site of the Boys & Girls Club of Portage County. In addition she spent five summers as a counselor at a Girl Scout camp in Kaukauna.

“That’s how I realized I liked working with youth,” she said.

She also interned for a year and half with the Portage County Family Living Agent, where she first learned about the opportunities and challenges in the UW-Extension system.

“I wanted to have the opportunity to work for the Extension program,” she said, adding that “it all worked out very nicely.”

Otto said she has exciting days ahead and when spring and summer arrives is especially looking forward to exploring 4-H Camp Susan in the town of Upham.

“I’m really excited to see it,” she said. “I’ve heard a lot about Camp Susan and I am eager to share my camp programming and environmental education knowledge with 4-Hers.”

For now, she is getting acquainted with her new community, spending some time downhill skiing in the Upper Peninsula. An avid swimmer, she is also preparing to check out the Clara R. McKenna Aquatic Center.

“I want to build on the relationships that already exist between 4-H and the community,” she said. “My door is always open and I love to hear feedback.”


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New 4-H agent Krista Otto in her office.
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