To encourage professional improvement and recognize outstanding effort by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists, the Iowa Agricultural Extension Association has a communications awards program each year for its members. These awards are presented at the annual meeting of IAEA on the ISU campus at Ames. Winners and categories they excelled in for 2013 were recognized at the recent March 2014 IAEA meeting. They are:
Darbee Wellman, is the ag and natural resources field specialist serving Lee and Henry Counties in southeast Iowa. She won in the audio recording category.
Joe Hannan, horticulture field specialist, based in Dallas County and serving central and western Iowa, earned first place in the learning module category.
Rich Wrage, regional Extension director covering Boone, Hardin, Marshall and Story Counties won for team newsletter.
Paul Kassel, Extension field agronomist at Spencer in northwest Iowa, won in the individual newsletter category.
Madeline Schultz, Extension value-added agriculture specialist at Ames, earned top honors for her feature news story, video and program promotional brochure.
Denise Schwab, Extension livestock specialist covering eastern Iowa, and based at Vinton, won for her computer generated graphics presentation and publication.
Kelvin Leibold, Extension farm management field specialist based at Iowa Falls and covering north central Iowa, took first place in the fact sheet category.
Wallaces Farmer congratulates all of the winners
Wallaces Farmer magazine is proud to sponsor the annual IAEA communications awards. Several other awards were also announced at the 2014 IAEA annual meeting.
Terry Steinhart, ISU Extension swine specialist, is the 2014 IAEA/NACAA Distinguished Service Award recipient. According to the report from the selection committee for this National Association of County Ag Agents award: "Terry Steinhart is the quintessential ISU Extension professional. During his 34 years of service (13 years as County Extension director, 21 years as Swine Field Specialist), Terry led the way in livestock programming in southeast and south central Iowa. ISU Extension's image and visibility is enhanced by his well-organized and diverse portfolio of Extension programs."