Dean, director recognize Extension educators

Dean, director recognize Extension educators Two Extension educators and two educator teams received awards of excellence Oct. 14 at the Extension Annual Conference.

Fred Cholick, dean of South Dakota State University's Agriculture and Biological Sciences College, and Larry Tidemann, director of the South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service, presented the awards.

Individual awards went to Janet Dickerson of Madison and Sandy Huber of Martin.

The first team included: Martha Flamming, Tyndall; Virginia Delvaux, Vermillion; Sharon Guthmiller, Yankton; Tara Stubbe, Canton; Lavonne Meyer, Parker; Cheryl Jacobs, Elk Point; and Deanna Gall, Olivet.

Members of the second team were Tracey Renelt, Milbank; Chuck Langner, Watertown; Jeannie Johnson, Clear Lake; Sandy Leiseth, Sisseton; and Don Guthmiller, Hayti.

Dickerson was recognized for facilitating innovative programming, starting and providing leadership to Women's Conference, and facilitating the annual Legislative Open House. She also organized the Noonliting program, extended leadership for Camp Lakota 4-H camps, area SOFY camps, and Ag in the Classroom, and promoted the new 4-H Sport Fishing project, said Tidemann.

Huber effectively worked with local and governmental agencies in weed management, especially in Canada thistle and leafy spurge. She assisted in the development of and aided in the carrying out of programming, focusing efforts to assist producers select alternative crops. Huber also provided a strong effort to implement the CES Vision for the 21st Century, said Tidemann.

The first team created and presented the program "Dealing Successfully with Tough Times."

They were awarded for their concern and team effort in assisting clientele in their area deal with the stressful and financial crisis situation and cooperating in creating and presenting the program, said Tidemann.

The second team planned and conducted educational programming targeting priority issues facing area producers including the 1999 Farmers' Forum at DakotaFest titled, "Positioning Your Operation For The 21st Century."

The forum provided a means to provoke open thinking and acceptance. Methods to measure a person's stress level and how to deal with the future were also included, Tidemann said.

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