The National Association of County Agricultural Agents has awarded Missouri’s Master Pollinator Steward Program with a National Search for Excellence Award for Environmental Quality. The Environmental Quality award recognizes the development and implementation of an outstanding extension educational program in environmental quality, forestry and natural resources.
The national award was designed to recognize members and teams who develop and implement outstanding educational programs in sustainable agriculture.
Sustainable agriculture is defined as “an integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site-specific application that will, over the long term: satisfy human food and fiber needs, enhance environmental quality and the natural resources base upon which the agricultural economy depends, make the most efficient use of non-renewable resources and on-farm resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls, sustain the economic viability of farm operations, enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole.”
The national award will be presented to the team of Travis Harper, University of Missouri Extension agronomist specialist; James Quinn, University of Missouri Extension horticulture specialist; David Trinklein, University of Missouri associate professor of Plant Sciences; Amber Edwards, University of Missouri School of Natural Resources education coordinator; Valerie Duever, University of Missouri Extension ecommerce volunteer and Charlotte Ekker Wiggins, beekeeper and writer, US Forest Service (retired.)
For more details about the award, visit www.nacaa.com/awards/apps/display_award.php?id=12691-16488.
For more information about the Missouri Master Pollinator Steward Program, check https://extension2.missouri.edu/programs/master-pollinator-steward.