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UW-Extension Agents, Specialists Earn Leadership Honors
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 11/30/2015

University of Wisconsin-Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources agents and specialists received special recognition from their peers for outstanding work, leadership and program innovation. The awards acknowledge the contributions these agents and specialists have made in identifying needs of stakeholders and audiences and then developing and implementing programming to respond to those needs.

Adam Hady, UW-Extension Richland County agriculture educator, received the Agriculture and Natural Resources program area Outstanding Agent Award in recognition of his ongoing commitment to the values and ideals of UW-Extension. Hady's knowledge covers a wide range of animal species and a variety of production methods. He is known as a go-to person for high quality poultry information and also serves on the statewide swine team.

The Outstanding UW-Extension Specialist Award went to Amanda Gevens, vegetable crop plant pathology specialist at UW-Madison. She was recognized for her commitment to excellence in vegetable crop plant pathology and her willingness to work with growers of all sizes and scopes of vegetable production.

Mark Hagedorn, UW-Extension Eau Claire agriculture educator, was awarded the Agriculture and Natural Resources program area Mentor of the Year Award for his ongoing commitment to sharing his knowledge and experience with new colleagues. His nominators noted that he provides support, encouragement and trusted advice. In addition, he demonstrates a high level of integrity from which new colleagues can learn and that is valued and appreciated.

The 2015 Midwest Manure Summit workgroup, consisting of UW-Extension agriculture agents Liz Binversie, Scott Gunderson, Mark Hagedorn, Tina Kohlman, Jamie Patton, Eric Ronk and UW-Extension/Madison specialist Rebecca Larson, received the Agriculture and Natural Resources program area Team/Workgroup Leadership and Responsiveness Award.

The Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Innovation Award went Liz Binversie, UW-Extension Brown County agriculture educator and Lyssa Seefeldt, UW-Extension Marquette County agriculture educator for their development of an interactive display that helped Wisconsin Farm Technology Days attendees learn more about agriculture.

Dave Luciani, distance education specialist, received the Agriculture and Natural Resources program area Excellence in ANRE Award for his leadership on programming that promotes UW-Extension's purpose, vision and values.

Meanwhile, Wisconsin Farm Credit Services, which include AgStar Financial Services, Badgerland Financial, GreenStone Farm Credit Services and United Farm Credit Services, were presented with the 2015 Friend of ANRE Award.

Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension is a program of the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension in partnership with local, state and federal government in each Wisconsin county.

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