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August 13, 2007

Agricultural agents present awards

North Carolina Association of County Agricultural Agents recognized agents who have provided outstanding programs during the association’s annual meeting June 20 in Southern Pines.

The Distinguished Service Award is given to five agricultural agents who have demonstrated outstanding service in their counties or area. Nominees for this award must have at least 10 years of service and be members of the agents’ association. Each winner receives a plaque and financial support to attend our national meeting and professional improvement conference held in Grand Rapids, Mich., in July.

Those receiving the Distinguished Service Award include:
· Marjorie L. Rayburn, area agent for Gates, Chowan, and Perquimans counties, received the Distinguished Service Award. She has served as an agricultural Extension agent since January 1991.
· Linda Blue of Rowan County, who has served as an agricultural Extension agent for 20 years.
· Ralph Blalock Jr. of Edgecombe County, who has been an Extension agent for more than 28 years.
· Dalton Dockery of Columbus County (soon to be Bladen County's Extension director) has led the horticulture, forestry, and pesticide education Extension programming efforts for more than 11 years in North Carolina.
· Allan Thornton of Sampson County has worked for North Carolina Cooperative Extension for 14 years.

The Achievement Award is given to agents from across the state for the purpose of recognizing those Agents who have less than ten years of experience and who are doing an exceptionally good job. Winners are:
· Diane Turner of Henderson County.
· Debbie Roos of Chatham County.
· Kevin Johnson of Wayne County.
· Kelly Groves of Vance and Warren counties.

The association’s Young Agent Scholarship Award was presented to Tiffanee Conrad-Acuna for providing outstanding programs as a member of this Cooperative Extension professional association. This recognition supported her attendance of the national meeting of this professional association in Grand Rapids, Mich., recently.

Conrad-Acuna is a livestock agent in Richmond County, who started work Cooperative Extension in 2003 as an area livestock agent serving Robeson, Scotland and Hoke counties.

Posted by Natalie at August 13, 2007 09:13 AM