Each year, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES), honors faculty and staff for their outstanding work and outreach through their programs and support. The winners for 2014 received their awards at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Annual Conference at the Cook Campus Center in New Brunswick on October 20.
The Specialist of the Year Award is presented to an Extension Specialist who is being recognized by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension departments of 4-H Youth Development, Family and Community Health Sciences, and Agricultural and Resource Management Agents for their accomplishments and support to the agent departments. This year the Specialist of the Year was awarded to Peter Oudemans, extension specialist in blueberry/cranberry pathology.
Oudemans is considered a consummate professional. He is equally at home performing world class scholarship in fruit pathology as well as instructing agents and agricultural professionals, doing spray schedule with growers and designing applied investigations in cooperation with others. He is collaborative and cooperative. He displays leadership when needed. He is an excellent researcher and Extension speaker. Rutgers Cooperative Extension recognizes Oudemans as the best example of how research and Extension should work together.