Two faculty members from West Virginia University Extension Service’s Agriculture and Natural Resources unit were nationally recognized for their dedication and commitment to meeting the needs of West Virginia residents at the National Association of County Agricultural Agents Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference.
Jodi Richmond, Mercer County WVU Extension Service agent and associate professor, received the highest honor given by the organization, the Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes long-standing members who conduct outstanding programs and are held in high esteem by their colleagues and partners.
The Achievement Award was received by Chuck Talbott, now retired Putnam County WVU Extension Service agent and associate professor. The award recognizes an agent with less than 10 years of service within the Cooperative Extension System who has exhibited excellence in their field.
“Our faculty are dedicated to helping West Virginians advance their agricultural and natural resources operations, and it’s wonderful when they have the chance to be recognized by their peers on a national stage,” director of the WVU Extension Service Agriculture and Natural Resources program Ronnie Helmondollar said. “Our people have such a strong passion for this state – it’s the driving force behind their hard work.”
Along with the two national awards, additional members of the WVU Extension Service Agriculture and Natural Resources unit were recognized on a regional level for their work in community outreach and education.
The National Association of County Agricultural Agents provides advancement opportunities and recognizes Extension professionals who improve the quality of life across their states by providing education on agriculture, horticulture, forestry, natural resources and more.
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