2020 Outstanding Specialists Awards

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During our June 12 meeting, we showcased this year’s award winners for outstanding Extension Specialist programming. Below, please see a short synopsis of their accomplishments!

Becky Bowen and farmers

Becky Bowen gets some love for her work with Sandhills area farmers, Karyn Ring and Davon Goodwin. Also pictured is retired Moore County agent, Taylor Williams.

1) The 2020 “Outstanding Specialist Award” was presented to Becky Bowen, Program Manager, CULTIVATE NC. Becky leads community planning and economic development programs and works with communities all over the state to support local Extension economic development initiatives. One of the nominators said, “Becky Bowen exemplifies the “ideal” specialist. She cares about the people she serves throughout the state in making their lives better, both economically as well as socially. She is an innovative thinker and assist the county agents in implementing impactful programs for the communities they serve.”   Great work, Becky!! Congratulations.

2) The 2020 NCACES award for Outstanding Subject Matter Program was presented by a Team was presented to the Safe Plates Team. Team members are:

Benjamin Chapman
Natalie Seymour
Debbie Stroud
Candice Christian
Mary Yavelak
Michelle Estrada
Ivelisse Colón

In response to concerns centered around whether or not the COVID-19 virus could be transmitted via food, the Safe Plates team recognized the need to provide accurate and timely information to alleviate fears about the food supply and to provide much-needed information on how to mitigate community spread of the virus. The team used a variety of delivery methods to reach Extension agents, food industry professionals, and the public with essential information. They were able to adapt during challenging times and did so with great speed, using science and best practice information as a guide. Their efforts are greatly appreciated. Congratulations, Safe Plates Team!!

3) The Outstanding Subject Matter Program by an individual went to Lee Menius, NC Choices Technical Coordinator, in recognition of his efforts to address pressing issues related to COVID-19 and the impact on the meat supply for farmers and customers. Lee spearheaded the effort to launch the website MeatSuite.com in late March. MeatSuite.com is a website where you can find local farms selling meat in bulk quantities. It is such a timely and useful resource. Clearly illustrated by the over 6,000 visits the website had in single day. That’s amazing, Lee!! Congratulations.