Smithfield Herald

January 20, 2014

Extension staff earns state honor

The Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service staff has received the Search for Excellence State Team Award from the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service Foundation.

The Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service staff has received the Search for Excellence State Team Award from the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service Foundation.

The Johnston staff members were honored recently in Raleigh. The Search for Excellence Award promotes and identifies professional excellence within the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, with awards presented in different program areas. The State Team Award, presented annually, recognizes the efforts of one outstanding county center team in the state.

“Johnston County is very fortunate to have outstanding Extension agents and support staff working to serve local citizens,” said Bryant Spivey, county Extension director. “Johnston agents are ready and capable to help farmers improve profits, homeowners understand their landscapes, youth develop their leadership potential in 4-H and families improve their health and financial wellness.”

In addition to the team award, individual members of the Johnston County Extension Center staff received professional-development awards. Tim Britton, agricultural agent, received the Lois G. Britt Outstanding Extension Agent Award. Jayne McBurney, a family and consumer educator, received the Ada Dalla-Pozza professional development award. Spivey received the Carol M. Birckhead Award for Outstanding County Extension Director.

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