SDSU Extension staff receive national recognition

Several SDSU Extension staff received national recognition during the recent National Association of County Agricultural Agents Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference (AMPIC) held in Pittsburgh, PA.

“We know that our team of SDSU Extension Specialists and Field Specialists are top notch and do a great job providing research-based information to South Dakotans each day. It’s rewarding when they are also recognized nationally for the work that they do,” said Barry Dunn, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Director of SDSU Extension.

The following SDSU Extension staff members were recognized: Darrell Deneke, SDSU Extension Integrated Pest Management Coordinator received the Distinguished Service Award; Warren Rusche, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist received the Achievement Award; Heather Gessner, SDSU Extension Livestock Business Management Field Specialist received the National Winner Search for Excellence in Farm Management; and Connie Strunk, SDSU Extension Plant Pathology Field Specialist was a National Communication Award winner.

Jack Davis, SDSU Extension crops business management field specialist, Gessner and Rusche were presenters at AMPIC; and Adele Harty, SDSU Extension cow/calf field specialist, presented a poster.

The National Association of County Agricultural Agents is geared toward Extension professionals who work in agriculture, horticulture, forestry and natural resources, 4-H/youth development, community development, administration, aquaculture and Sea Grant and related disciplines.

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