Nueces County has a new agricultural extension agent in the wake of Harvey Buehring's retirement.

Jeffrey Stapper, a native of New Braunfels, said he is looking forward to working with the Nueces County agricultural community and continuing the work of his predecessor.

"My interest for the position was that it is a promotion for me and also knowing that Nueces County is the No. 1 grain sorghum producer in the state," Stapper said.

Stapper, pronounced "stopper," may be reached at 767-5223, or via e-mail at

Stapper graduated from Texas A&M University-College Station with a master's degree in range science in 1992. He has been a county agent with Texas Cooperative Extension for the past 24 years. For the past 10 years he has served as County Extension Agent - Agriculture & Natural Resources in San Patricio County and he has worked in five other Texas counties.

Stapper is currently serving as director in the Texas County Agricultural Agents Association and he is a member of the Texas Farm Bureau.

Stapper is married and has two children, a daughter who's currently a senior at Texas A&M University, and a son that is a senior at Gregory-Portland High School.