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Food, Environment, & Renewable Resources : : Board on Agriculture Assembly : : Cooperative Extension Section
As Extension professionals, it is our role to promote and support the lifelong education and development of residents in communities around the nation. The Award for Excellence in Extension has been developed to recognize a select group of Cooperative Extension System educators who thoroughly embody this mission through their Extension programming, make a positive impact on constituents served and provide visionary leadership for the System.
The Award for Excellence in Extension is presented annually to individuals from each of the five regions, as well as one national recipient, who have strived throughout their careers to achieve the benchmarks reflective of excellence in Extension educational programming.
These recipients have demonstrated high impact programming, visionary leadership and anticipation of emerging issues for clientele and the system, commitment to diversity, and integration of programs in partnerships with university colleagues outside cleintele. They are recognized as leaders at their universities and in their respective fields of expertise and have demonstrated the ability to garner a sustained flow of resources for sustainable Extension programs. They use innovative teaching methods and have earned recognition by peers and the communities served.
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Previous Winners (2006-2012)
Cooperative Extension, USDA-NIFA Announce 2014 Awardees – Six exemplary Cooperative Extension educators were honored at the 2014 APLU Annual Meeting, November 2-4, 2014 in Orlando, FL. Awards recognizing excellence in programming are co-sponsored by ECOP and USDA-NIFA and selected through a competitive process. The National Excellence in Extension Award winner is Robert Kallenbach, Plant Sciences Extension Specialist and Program Leader, University of Missouri. Regional Excellence in Extension Award winners are Henry English, Small Farm Program Director, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; Rick Funston, Beef Cattle Reproduction Specialist, West Central Research and Extension Center at North Platte, University of Nebraska; Richard VanVranken, County Extension Department Head, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Atlantic County; John Jacob, Environmental Quality and Coastal Community Development Director, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, and Madeleine Sigman-Grant, Extension Specialist, University of Nevada.
The National Extension Diversity Award is jointly awarded by the Cooperative Extension Section and the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The award has been given to one or more recipients annually since 1991.
November 11, 2012— Montana State University Extension Tribal Housing and Environmental Health Program is the recipient of the 2012 National Extension Diversity Award for its outstanding work in creating sustainable programs in health, housing and the environment for Native American communities across the nation. The award was presented today at the 125th Annual Meeting of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) in Denver.
The Diversity Award recognizes significant contributions and accomplishments in achieving and sustaining diversity and pluralism in Cooperative Extension. Cooperative Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture have sponsored the annual award since 1991.
The MSU Extension Tribal Housing and Environmental Health Program is recognized for developing culturally appropriate programs using the input, engagement, and support of Native Americans. Three of their most successful programs include: the National Tribal Pollution Prevention Working Group (Tribal P2); the Native Asthma Intervention and Reduction (AIR) Program; and the National Tribal Healthy Homes Training Center (THH Center).
The programs are offered to all 562 federally-recognized tribes through peer interactions, curriculum distribution and regional trainings. Neighboring communities also have been impacted, as other organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development have expanded upon these efforts and created non-native programs.
Through this broad dissemination of materials, the programs have yielded successful outcomes in the form of positive behavior change. As seen through testimonials and surveys, Native American families and communities have taken steps to make sustainable changes in their everyday lives.
The MSU Extension Team is led by Michael Vogel, professor and housing and environmental health specialist, and includes Myla Kelly, Barbara Allen and Deborah Albin, program coordinators; Glenda Barnes, tribal healthy homes practitioner; and Mary Schaad, web/media specialist.
When asked about the team’s plan for future Extension programming, Vogel says they will “continue to do what we do best – listen to issues, provide resources and technical assistance as needed and offer practical, cost-effective solutions.”
MSU Cooperative Extension is a statewide educational network that uses unbiased research to serve the needs identified by the people of Montana. Their goal is to equip Montanans with relevant information so that they can make informed decisions and take action to improve their own quality of life.
2013 Nomination guidelines
Previous Winners (1991-2012)
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