Breshears Named As Specialist In Agriculture And Environment

Anita Campbell
County Reporter
Local resident Amie Breshears was recently hired as the Community Engagement Specialist in Agriculture Business for the University of Missouri Extension in Benton County. 
Breshears will be serving Benton, Pettis and Henry Counties. Extension Agent Gene Schmitz has been reassigned to the Pettis County office, but will be serving Benton County as the Livestock Specialist.
While Breshears’ office will be in the Brady Annex Building here in Benton County, she will be serving every county in west central Missouri.
 Breshears’ job is to help with economic development in west central Missouri.
“I will be going wherever things are happening,” said Breshears.  She mentioned that she had been to a soil meeting in Lincoln, a meeting at the Lincoln City Hall, the Lion’s Club meeting and the Master Gardner’s meeting in just one day.
“The Extension is really very diverse,” said Breshears. “I meet different people everyday.”
The Benton County Extension Center is available to help you get the information you need. Extension can get you research-based information in the areas of agriculture, business and the workforce, children and teens, community development, environmental quality, family life, home and garden, and nutrition and health. 
Breshears is anxious for Benton County farmers and others to reach out to the Extension for information on agriculture business as well as answers to questions on livestock management, land management and much more.
“We are ready to help anyone who reaches out to us,” said Breshears. “We are excited for everyone to come by and see our new offices in the Brady Annex.”
Breshears, a 1991 graduate of Warsaw High School, graduated from Drury University in 1996 with a degree in biology and business administration. Breshears went on to complete a Master in Business Administration from Drury in 1998.  She obtained her education specialist in superintendency from the University of Central Missouri in 2007 then finished her doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Missouri in 2015.
Breshears started her career at the UMB Bank in Warsaw. She worked for UMB for five years working as a special projects clerk and teller from 1996-1997 then loan collections 1997-1998.  She served as a compliance officer and assistant cashier from 1998-2000.
Breshears went to work for the Warsaw R-9 District in 2001 as the business and computer instructor.  While there she wrote over $125,000 in grants to purchase computers for her department.  In 2007, Breshears became the Principal of Warsaw South Elementary School. 
In 2010, Breshears became the Assistant Principal at WHS and then in 2011, Breshears became the Principal of WHS. While in this administration post, Breshears collaborated with and supervised a total staff of nearly 50. 
Breshears is the director and founder of the Warsaw Education Foundation which raises funds to purchase books and other supplies for teachers in the Warsaw R-9 District.
Breshears is active in the Benton County Health Department Board of Directors; the Benton County Youth Coalition; the Benton County Turkey Creek Homesteaders 4-H Club; the Crossroads Pregnancy Resource Center, the Warsaw Lions’ Club and the Warsaw R-9 School Board.  Breshears also serves on the Benton County 4-H Council and the Benton County 4-H FFA Youth Fair Board.
Breshears and her husband David are the parents of three sons:  Curtis, a ninth grader at WHS; Benton, a seventh grader at John Boise Middle School and Henry, a fifth grader at Warsaw South.
The Extension office is open Monday through Friday from 9 to 12:30 and 1 to 4.  You can call 660-438-5012 for more information about the University of Missouri Extension in Benton County.  If Agent Breshears is out of the office, County Support Staff member Debbie Wilken will be able to direct you to the proper agent.