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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.
2013 Nomination guidelines
Previous Winners (2006-2012)
November 11, 2012—Elizabeth L. Andress, Extension food safety specialist in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Georgia, is the 2012 recipient of the National Award for Excellence in Extension for creating effective educational programs on home food preparation and safety. The award was presented today during the 125th Annual Meeting of the Association and Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) in Denver.
The National Award for Excellence in Extension is given annually to an Extension professional in each of five regions who excel at programming, provide visionary leadership, and make a positive impact on constituents served. Cooperative Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture have sponsored the awards since 1991.
As the director of the National Center for Home Food Preservation, Andress uses research findings to create easy-to-understand materials and hands-on workshops that teach consumers, food handlers and workers in the food industry how to properly preserve and process food in order to reduce the risk of food-borne illness.
Andress disseminates information through media and journal publications, books, personal presentations, and through a website, www.homefoodpreservation.com. She is the co-author of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Complete Guide to Home Canning.
In addition to written materials, Andress also provides training and certification programs for both consumers and individuals in the food industry. Programs such as, “Food Preservation Foundations” and Extension ServSafe® certifications equip participants with vital knowledge about food borne illnesses and preservation, helping them save money and time while most importantly, promoting safety.
When asked why she feels her programs are so successful, Andress replied: “It has been beneficial that I have been able to use a lot of hands-on methods in delivering food preservation programs. When you can teach people a skill as well as knowledge by letting them practice and actually carry out the desired practices, they are more likely to feel confident in adopting them.”
Andress has secured more than $5 million in external funding for her programs and research.
Andress is sought out by both government agencies and industry professionals to provide guidance and research in creating food-related policies and practices. She currently serves as a technical consultant to the U.S. Customs Service regarding food processing equipment and packaging and has served on the Georgia Department of Human Resources Advisory Committee for Implementation of New Food Service Regulations.
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension provides the communities and people of Georgia with relevant research-based agricultural information and opportunities relating to issues such as water quality, profitability in agribusiness, family wellness and life skills.
The Regional Awards for Excellence in Extension recipients:
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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