Name: Laurie Hurner
Phone: (863) 402-6540
Counties covered: Highlands
Laurie Hurner is the new citrus extension agent for Highlands County. Laurie reported for duty on June 17, 2013. Hurner is a graduate of Florida Southern College with a bachelor's degree in Business/Citrus and has a master's degree in Agriculture from the University of Florida.
For the past ten years, Laurie served as the assistant director of Grower Affairs at Florida Citrus Mutual. In that capacity she was directly responsible for maintaining and enhancing relationships between Citrus Mutual and growers in Highlands, Glades, Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, and St. Lucie counties. She also was the organizations liaison with the South Florida, Southwest Florida and St. John's River Water Management Districts. Hurner has also served as an agriculture program manager and professor at what was then-South Florida Community College.
Hurner is involved in many UF activities, currently serving as the chair of the UF Ag Education and Communications Department Advisory Committee and recently serving two terms on the UF CALS board. Outside of the UF Hurner is involved with the Highlands County Cattlewomen, The Mason G. Smoak Foundation and is an Alumnus of The Wedgworth Leadership Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Laurie is no stranger to the job. Her father, Tim Hurner, was a longtime employee of the Extension office in Highlands County, having started as the 4-H and citrus agent here back in 1965. He served for 30 years at the office, becoming the county agent in 1977.