Two Rutgers Cooperative Extension faculty received national awards at the 2017 National Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) Conference held October 24-27 in Wilmington, North Carolina. more than 175 Cooperative Extension professionals from across the nation participated in this professional development event, which featured 40 educational seminars and poster presentations, a guest lecturer and three keynote speakers.
Jeannette Rea Keywood, state 4-H agent in the Department of 4-H Youth Development, received the Distinguished Service Award for the Northeast Region. This award pays the highest tribute to an experienced Extension professional who has consistently exhibited leadership and excellence in Extension program planning, delivery and evaluation, in programming and administration during their career of more than 20 years.
Robin Brumfield, farm management specialist and professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, was recognized with the International Service Award for the Northeast Region. This award recognizes Extension professionals who have contributed significantly to the development and/or expansion of an Extension program in another country or countries through in-state and/or overseas work.
The Cooperative Extension Service is a nationwide educational program supported by USDA, Land-Grant Universities and local governments, providing research-based information to the public in the areas of agriculture, consumer and family sciences, and natural resources. Epsilon Sigma Phi is the only Extension organization that represents all disciplines and professional titles along with retired professionals. ESP is dedicated to fostering standards of excellence in the Extension System and developing the Extension profession and professional. For more information about ESP, visit their website.