COLLEGE STATION – Members of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas AgriLife Research from the Panhandle region were recognized with major awards recently at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Centennial Conference in College Station.
Superior Service awards were presented on Jan. 8 to personnel who demonstrate outstanding performance or provide exceptional service to AgriLife Extension, an educational outreach agency of The Texas A&M University System.
Vice Chancellor’s Awards in Excellence were presented on Jan. 9. This award was established in 1980 to recognize the commitment and outstanding contributions of Texas A&M AgriLife faculty and staff throughout Texas and provide an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of those honored.
Among those recognized:
The Randall County Dream Team Program has received the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Superior Service Award for Diversity. Recognized with the Randall County Dream Team Program were: Dr. J.D. Ragland, agriculture and natural resources agent; Leesa Wood Calvi, family and consumer sciences agent; Kim Peters, 4-H and youth development agent; and Shannon Walsh, program assistant for urban programs.
Efficient Profitable Irrigation in Corn, or EPIC, a results demonstration effort conducted in six counties in the northern Panhandle, received the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Superior Service Award in the Team category. AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agents on the team were Scott Strawn, Ochiltree County; J.R. Sprague, Lipscomb County; Marcel Fischbacher, Moore County; Michael Bragg, Dallam/Hartley counties; Kristy Slough, Hutchinson County; and Brad Easterling, Sherman County.
Dr. J.D. Ragland, AgriLife Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources in Randall County, received the agency’s Superior Service Award for County Extension Agents and the Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for County Agent.
Jason Baker, AgriLife Research senior research associate in Amarillo, was honored with the Texas A&M AgriLife Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence in the Technical and Programmatic Staff category.
The “Migrant/Low Income Family Education in the Panhandle” effort in AgriLife Extension’s District 1 was honored with the Texas A&M AgriLife Vice Chancellor’s Award of Excellence for Diversity. Those being honored were AgriLife Extension family and consumer sciences agents Sue Owens in Moore County and Amy Wagner in Potter County, along with Lizabeth Gresham, Prairie View A&M University Cooperative Extension agent in Potter County.
“Reaching Food Insecure Families in the High Plains” is a team effort coordinated through AgriLife Extension in Amarillo that was honored with the Texas A&M AgriLife Vice Chancellor’s Award for Partnership. Recognized as a part of this partnership were AgriLife Extension family and consumer sciences agents Leicia Redwine in Armstrong County, Molly Foreman in Briscoe County and Jeanene Montgomery in Carson County; Renda Nelson of Canyon, AgriLife Extension Better Living for Texans regional program manager in Amarillo; and Edna Tucker, High Plains Food Bank agency relations director in Amarillo.
Dr. Robert Sprowls, Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory resident director in Amarillo, was honored with the Texas A&M AgriLife Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for Service, specifically Diagnostic Services.
The Salt Cedar Biological Control Team was honored with the Texas A&M AgriLife Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence-Team. Members recognized were Dr. Jerry Michels, AgriLife Research entomologist, and his research assistant, Erin Jones, both in Amarillo; Dr. Allen Knutson, AgriLife Research entomologist in Dallas; and Dr. Mark Muegge, AgriLife Extension entomologist at Fort Stockton.
Dr. Jackie Rudd, AgriLife Research wheat breeder in Amarillo, was honored with the 2013 Research Award in the Texas A&M University department of soil and crop sciences.