COVID-19 Update!

  • We are still open for regular business hours from 8-4:30 M-F and are now fully staffed.
  • You will still need to sign in when entering the building for contact tracing purposes.
  • Nikki's office phone and voicemail are still being forwarded to her cellphone when she is not able to be in the office.
  • Educational programs are still limited to web based meetings (checkout except for small meetings of 18 people or less that are considered necessary.
***On July 10 the Governor has issued an executive order that requires face masks when in public. This new executive order means that our program participants must wear face masks to participate in our programs unless they have a health condition that prohibits their use.
Thank you for your cooperation during these tough times.

Extension Agriculture & Natural Resources

Photo: Joseph Farms taken by Nikki Bell 

County Agriculture and Natural Resource (ANR) Agents serve as the link between people in Kentucky counties and experts at the universities. They provide informal education in any area related to agriculture or natural resources depending on the county needs. They coordinate and provide formal educational programs for the public through meetings, workshops, field days, personal communications, and web or satellite broadcasts. Agents also provide educational materials such as publications, newsletters, computer programs, and videos. All Extension ANR programs are part of the outreach program of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. County agents develop and implement these ANR programs in their counties. Extension programs make a difference in the lives of millions of Kentuckians through research-based education. So, whether you are a commercial-scale farmer, a backyard gardener, an outdoor enthusiast, or anything in between, Extension ANR agents can help you grow your food, understand the food system, and protect the environment. Stop by the Marshall County Extension Office for more information.

Meet Marshall County's Agent 

Nikki Bell

Nikki Rhein, Marshall County Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources

Nikki grew up in Belleville, IL on a small pecan tree farm. After high school Nikki moved on to play collage softball while completing her Associates Degree of Ag. Business at Rend Lake College. She then continued her education at Murray state majoring in Agronomy (Agriculture Plant and Soil Science.) There she served as the Agronomy Club President, participated in Block and Bridal Club and was an Agriculture Ambassador. After graduating with her Bachelors of Agronomy, Hutson John Deere hired Nikki as a Sales Agronomist. She spent two years there, helping farmers make agronomic decisions. Then in April of 2014, Nikki accepted the position of Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent for Marshall County. In 2017 Nikki rounded off her education by completing a Master of Science Degree in Agriculture from Murray State. Now Nikki gets to spend her time doing what she loves best, helping and educating the community. Nikki’s door is always open and she encourages the community to come visit and questions! 

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