11 January 2019 |

2019 AgriLife Extension Award Recipients

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2019 agrilife award recipients

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service would like to congratulate all of the 2019 AgriLife Extension award

2019 agrilife award recipients

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service would like to congratulate all of the 2019 AgriLife Extension award recipients. Thank you for all of your hard work and years of service. We appreciate all of the work you do to Help Texans Better Their Lives.  

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Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Awards

2019 Partnership Awards


The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Partnership Award honors key individuals, organizations, agencies, and others outside the Texas A&M University System whose dedicated support and excellence have significantly enhanced the impact of Extension programming.

Texas Farm Bureau

39725519003_d80b18609b_oTexas Farm Bureau shares Extension’s mission of enhancing and strengthening the lives and well-being of Texans. Texas Farm Bureau provides support for AgriLife Extension programs both on the state and local level in the areas of agriculture, 4-H and youth development, consumer education and risk management education, and pesticide and impact studies. Farm Bureau field staff work closely with Extension agents across the state to deliver agricultural literacy education to school children, often using Farm Bureau’s “Ag in the Classroom” curriculum as the outline of topics and materials to deliver. As the voice of agricultural producers at all levels, Texas Farm Bureau champions building strong, prosperous agricultural communities across Texas. Local Farm Bureau boards provide support to local educational efforts through monetary sponsorships, in-kind support, and volunteer assistance.

Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo

46690328391_a6a58aa1b2_oThe Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR) has been a key ally of Agrilife Extension for more than half a century, especially in its support of Extension education and youth and agriculture programs. In 1957,HLSR launched its scholarship program, and since 2000 it has contributed $18,690,000 to 4-H scholarships.HLSR scholarships to 4-H members now total $1,400,000 a year. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo also supports the Texas 4-H Congress, record book competition, and State 4-H Roundup. The show annually sponsors judging contests for youth and a Calf Scramble.

San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo

San Antonio Stock Show & RodeoThe San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo, also known as SALE, has been at the forefront in leadership development and in supporting a strong agricultural base in Texas, and has a long history of support for Extension programs. In 1985, SALE initiated a 4-H scholarship program, which awards scholarships to outstanding 4-H members. Since 2000, $4.8 million has been committed through this scholarship program, and SALE scholarships to 4-H members now total more than $270,000 a year. In addition to supporting youth programs, SALE funds an adult Extension program that “trains the trainer” to help educate youth and adults through Extension education. SALE has contributed $572, 110 to the SALE-Leadership Extension Program since its inception in 1991.

Ducks Unlimited

39725519323_a5847fae52_oDucks Unlimited shares Extension’s mission of protecting the environment. As the world’s leader in wetland and waterfowl conservation, Ducks Unlimited in Texas has worked to conserve more than 254,500 acres of rice fields, prairie wetlands, and associated coastal marshes that provide important habitat for hundreds of thousands of white-fronted geese, several species of diving ducks, mottled ducks, and other species of puddle ducks. Ducks unlimited, working with Lower Colorado River Authority, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, and several other national, state, and local partners, coordinated efforts to secure an $8 million federal partnership award for the Prairie Conservation Reservoir Project, a new reservoir in Colorado County. The Prairie Conservation Reservoir Project will increase water reliability and improve agricultural water-use efficiency with the Lakeside Irrigation Division. The Prairie Conservation Reservoir Project will provide more flexibility to support downstream demands while enhancing waterfowl habitat.

Texas Division of Emergency Management

46690333001_cf8653694b_oWorking closely together in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey exemplified the shared mission of the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and AgriLife Extension. As the state emergency management program that ensures that state and local governments respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters, TDEM implements programs to increase public awareness about threats and hazards, coordinates emergency planning, provides an extensive array of specialized training for emergency responders and local officials, and administers disaster recovery and hazard mitigation programs in the state of Texas. With Extension’s expanded role to serve as liaisons between local jurisdictions and state and federal agencies assisting in the recovery associated with Hurricane Harvey, TDEM provided invaluable assistance to AgriLife Extension in understanding on how FEMA public assistance programs support long-term recovery of local communities. TDEM also provided resolutions to many issues facing local jurisdictions during recovery, sharing information with the Extension liaisons who, in turn, shared with local elected officials.

2019 Extension In The City Awards


The Extension in the City Award recognizes outstanding support and leadership by elected officials for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service programs serving urban areas of the state.

The Honorable Scott M. Felton

The Honorable Scott M. Felton
County Judge, Mclennan County

Judge Felton is known for his dedication to civic projects, the Heart O’ Texas Fair and Rodeo, and the agriculture industry. Beyond his role of county judge, a position he has held since 2012, Judge Felton has been a devoted supporter of Agrilife Extension for over SO years, serving on county and regional program area committees, leadership advisory boards, and multiple task forces as an officer, chairman, and committee member. A lifelong resident of McLennan County, Judge Felton retired as the president of Wells Fargo after 30 years. He has served in various capacities with numerous national, state, and local organizations.

The Honorable Robert E. Hebert

The Honorable Robert E. Hebert
Former County Judge, Fort Bend County

Judge Hebert has been a fixture of leadership and a true friend of Agrilife Extension since his election in 2003. Fort Bend, the 10th largest county in Texas, is consistently ranked as one of the fastest-growing counties in the nation. Judge Hebert actively supports educational efforts relating to all areas of AgriLife Extension, particularly those his constituents and our county clientele deem important, as highlighted by the Fort Bend Leadership Advisory Board.

 

 

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Superior Service Awards

46690328141_e1ae82ebfb_oThe Superior Service Awards recognize Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service faculty and staff members who provide outstanding performance in extension education or other outstanding service to the organization and to Texans.

 

County Extension Agent


Ms. Lorrie Coop
CEA-Family and Community Health, Knox County

Mr. Tom Guthrie
CEA-Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mills County

Mr. Leonard Haynes
CEA-Agriculture and Natural Resources, Donley County

Mr. Andy Holloway
CEA-Agriculture and Natural Resources, Hemphill County

Ms. Kayla Neill
CEA-4-H Youth Development, Parker County

 

Office Support-County


Ms. Marcia Felton
Secretary, Milam County Office

Ms. Erin Wade
Office Manager, Parker County Office

 

Office Support-District/State


39725518413_632d719a92_oMs. Marilyn Frenzel
Assistant to the Associate Director

Ms. Kay White
Administrative Associate Ill, Wilbarger County

 

Program Support


Ms. Leslie Lazenby
Extension Program Assistant-4-H Youth Development, Madison County

 

Extension Program Specialist, Program Manager, Or Program Coordinator


39725518293_7d11ddacb1_oMr. Tim Hartmann
Program Specialist I-Horticulture Sciences

Mr. Ward Ling
Extension Program Specialist II-Soil and Crop Sciences

 

Volunteerism


Dr. Sonja Stueart-Davis
CEA-Family and Community Health, Harris County

 

Diversity


Youth Mental Health First Aid Program

Ms. Lorrie Coop
CEA-Family and Community Health, Knox County

Ms. Alinda Cox
CEA-Family and Community Health, Jack County

Ms. Monica Walker
Extension Agent, Kansas State Research and Extension

 

Team


Child Care Partnership

Ms. Michelle Allen
CEA-Family and Community Health, and County Coordinator, Austin County

Ms. Gayle Bludau
CEA-Family and Community Health, Lavaca County

Ms. Sara “Sally” Garrett
County Coordinator and CEA-Family and Community Health, Fayette County

Ms. Denise Goebel
CEA-Family and Community Health, DeWitt County

Ms. Hannah Krebs
CEA-Family and Community Health, Washington County

Ms. Jenifer Boening
Program Assistant-Family and Community Health, Fayette County

 

Water My Yard Team

46690327471_4970c7ac52_oDr. Guy Fipps
Professor and Extension Agricultural Engineer-Irrigation and Water Management

Mr. Charles Swanson
Extension Program Specialist-Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Mr. David Flahive
Systems Administrator I-Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Ms. Denise Hickey
Public Relations and Water Conservation Manager, North Texas Municipal Water District

Crapremyrtle Bark Scale Team

Dr. Mengmeng Gu
Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist-Horticultural Sciences

Mr. Erfan Vafaie
Extension Program Specialist I, Rusk County

Dr. Mike Merchant
Professor and Extension Urban Entomologist

Ms. Laura Miller
CEA-Horticulture, Tarrant County

Ms. Janet Laminack
County Coordinator and CEA-Horticulture, Denton County

Dr. Yu Zhang
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics
Texas A&M University

Cow Calf Clinic

Mr. Edward Schneider
County Coordinator and CEA-Agriculture and Natural Resources, Robertson Count

Mr. Lyle Zoeller
County Coordinator and CEA-Agriculture and Natural Resources, Bell County

Mr. Floyd Ingram
CEA-Agriculture and Natural Resources, Milam County

Ms. Whitney Grantham
CEA-Agriculture and Natural Resources, Bell County

Mr. Pasquale Swaner
CEA-Agriculture and Natural Resources, Falls County

Mr. John Grange
4-H Coordinator and CEA-Agriculture and Natural Resources, Burleson County

Dr. Jason Cleere
Associate Professor and Extension Beef Cattle Specialist

 

Central Texas Child Care Conference

39725518143_961756d696_oMs. Lynette “Lori” Babcock
CEA-Family and Community Health, Palo Pinto County

Ms. Andrea Oegelia
CEA-Family and Community Health, Palo Pinto County

Ms. Sheila Ondrusek
CEA-Family and Community Health, Hamilton County

Ms. Kathy Smith
CEA-Family and Community Health, Parker County

Ms. Kate Whitney
CEA-Horticulture, Williamson County

Dr. Melissa Roberts-Becker
Professor, College of Education, Tarleton State University

Dr. Kristina Higgins
Assistant Professor, Child and Family Studies, Tarleton State University

Ms. Elizabeth Stephens
Director, Child Development Center, Tarleton State University

Ms. Kelli Brown
County Coordinator and CEA-Family and Community Health, Hood County

Ranch Management University

Dr. Larry Redmon
Professor and Extension Specialist-Soil and Crop Sciences

Dr. Jim Cathey
Professor and Associate Director, Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute

Dr. David Anderson
Professor and Extension Economist-Livestock Marketing

Dr. Jason Cleere
Associate Professor and Extension Beef Cattle Specialist

Ms. Linda Francis
Administrative Coordinator II-Soil and Crop Sciences

Dr. Matt Brown
Extension Program Specialist I-Soil and Crop Sciences

 

Distinguished Career


46690330291_2eb4a8120d_oDr. Charles Allen
Extension Entomologist, Professor, and Associate Department Head for Integrated Pest Management

Ms. Jane Rowan
(Retired) CEA-Family and Consumer Health, Taylor County

Mr. Roy Walston
CEA-Agriculture and Natural Resources, Kerr County

 

Agency Leadership


Ms. Dana Tarter
Regional Program Leader

 

2018 Vice Chancellor’s Awards In Excellence:

Extension Education


County Agent

Ms. Joan Gray-Soria
County Extension Agent-Family and Community Health, Gray County

Extension Specialist Or Program Specialist

Dr. John Jacob
Professor and Extension Specialist-Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences

Staff


Office Administrative Staff

Ms. Ronda Fisher
Administrative Associate II
Texas A&M Agrilife Research and Extension Center at Amarillo

Climate and Diversity


Bennett Trust Women’s Land Stewardship Conference

Dr. Larry A. Redmon
Professor and Extension Specialist-Soil and Crop Sciences

Dr. Robert K. Lyons
Professor and Extension Specialist-Ecosystem Science and Management

Dr. Megan K. Clayton
Associate Professor and Extension Specialist-Ecosystem Science and Management

Mr. Roy Walston
County Extension Agent-Agriculture and Natural Resources, Kerr County

Mr. Brad W. Roeder
County Extension Agent-Agriculture and Natural Resources, Gillespie County

Mr. Todd W. Swift
Agrilife Extension Regional Program Leader, South Region

Administration


Dr. Larry A. Redmon
Professor and Extension Specialist
Department of Soil and Crop Sciences
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences

 

Partnership


46690328811_d3f9fae2c8_oAgriLife Water University, Texas A&M AgriLife Research And Extension Center At Dallas

Mr. Clint Wolfe
Program Manager

Dr. Dotty Woodson
Extension Program Specialist-Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Mr. Patrick Dickinson
Project Coordinator

Mr. Daniel Cunningham
Project Manager

Mr. Gabe Saldana
Communications Manager

Ms. Tamaron Hunt
Program Coordinator

Team


Earth-Kind Environmental Plant Evaluation And Educational Outreach Team

Mr. Jeff Floyd
County Extension Agent-Agriculture and Natural Resources, District 6

Dr. Steven George
Professor and Extension Horticultural Specialist

Mr. Timothy Hartmann
Extension Program Specialist-Horticulture Sciences

Mr. David Rodriguez
County Extension Agent-Horticulture, District 10

Dr. Justin Scheiner
Assistant Professor and Extension Viticulture Specialist

Mr. Randy Nelson
Extension Educator, University of Minnesota Extension

Dr. David Zlesak
Professor of Horticulture, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

 

2017-2018 Regents Professor And Regents Fellow Service Awards

The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents established the Regents Professor Awards program in 1996 and the Regents Fellow Service Awards program in 1998 to recognize employees who have made exemplary contributions to their university or agency and to the people of Texas.

Regents Fellow Service Awards


Dr. Don L. Renchie
Program Leader and Extension Specialist, Integrated Pest Management
Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service

Mr. Edward Schneider
County Extension Agent-Agriculture and Natural Resources, Robertson County
Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service

Texas A&M AgriLife Advanced Leadership Program Cohort V

(February 2018-February 2020)

The Texas A&M AgriLife Leadership Program is an 18-month course that cultivates AgriLife leaders with a national and state outlook. The program focuses on the development of leadership skills and greater understanding of the Texas A&M University System and the land-grant mission. Participants interact with administrators, leadership professionals, and their peers, gaining experiences and tools that enhance their effectiveness as leaders. For more information, visit AgriLife.org/leaders.

Ms. Guadalupe Castro
Extension Agent
4-H Youth and Development
Prairie View A&M University

Dr. Craig D. Coufal
Associate Professor, Extension Specialist,
Associate Department Head for Extension, and Extension Program Leader
Department of Poultry Science
Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service

Mr. Brandon K. Dukes
District Extension Administrator, District 1
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Ms. Julie G. Gardner
Extension Program Specialist II
4-H and Youth Development
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

 

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