Cody Gfeller, a Vernon native and a 2010 graduate of Tarleton State University, has been named Somervell County’s new AgriLife Extension Service agent.

Gfeller was introduced to county commissioners on Monday during the Commissioners Court meeting.

“Everybody I really, really excited to have you here,” County Judge Mike Ford said. “We appreciate this especially in the midst of the state crunch.”

Gfeller succeeds Josh Blanek, who last year moved to West Texas where his wife had a job offer.

Gfeller majored in agricultural services and development at Tarleton, where he was an honor student. He graduated in December and has been working as an agriculture teacher in DeLeon.

He noted that his fiancée teaches in Walnut Springs, her father is an ag teacher in Tolar and his sister is an ag teacher in Granbury.

“Ever since I came here, I (felt) this is my home,” Gfeller said.

He will begin his new job on July 20. Until then, Gfeller will be learning the ropes from the AgriLife extension agent in Hood County.