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Food, Environment, & Renewable Resources : : Board on Agriculture Assembly : : Cooperative Extension Section
The following awards are offered in partnership with USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
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.
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.
Link to Nomination GuidelinesPrevious Winners (1991-2013)
Cesar Asuaje, was honored at the 2014 APLU Annual Meeting, November 2-4, 2014 in Orlando, FL. Cesar is the University of Florida Regional Specialized Extension Agent/Agriculture Farm Labor, Pesticide, and Farm Safety Education and is responsible for developing and implementing pesticide and farm safety extension programs to Hispanic agricultural workers in Florida. In the past six years, Mr. Asuaje has been focusing in producing audio video educational materials to enhance the learning experiences of limited English skills Hispanic agricultural workers, using bilingual teaching techniques he successfully helped several hundreds of workers to complete their pesticide certification test requirements producing significant impacts on the economic conditions of Hispanic pesticide applicators and their families. He also has been involved in national pesticide education projects, and co-author of several research papers published in agricultural related journals. Internationally, Mr. Asuaje worked for ten years for the Venezuelan extension system where he worked as an extension agent focusing in small farm development and worker safety. He also acted as the extension director of the Venezuelan Extension Service. In the past five years, Mr. Asuaje has been traveling to the Dominican Republic to advise extension agents in program development and evaluation. Currently, Mr. Asuaje lives in Delray Beach, Florida with his son Pedro. Mr. Asuaje received his Master of Science degree in Extension Education at the University of Missouri, and earned his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture at Texas State University.
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