James Dalebout has been appointed district agricultural inspector by the Utah Department of Agriculture for five counties in south-central Utah.

Dalebout succeeds Lowell Bagley, who retired after 25 years on the department's staff.Dalebout is responsible for inspections in Garfield, Piute, Sanpete, Wayne and Sevier counties and enforcing regulations of the plant industry division. His regulatory assignments will be in feed, seed, grain, pesticides and fertilizers.

"The inspector's work protects the state's farmers, farm suppliers and consumers," said Richard Wilson, Director of Plant Industry with the state's agriculture department. In announcing the appointment, he said Dalebout will be headquartered in the Sevier County Extension Service office at the courthouse in Richfield.

Rubidoux received an associate degree in animal science from Snow College and a bachelor's degree in agricultural education from Utah State University.

He earned a master of science degree in agricultural science at California State Polytechnic.

The new inspector is a former teacher of vocational agriculture.