Specialists association gives awards for programming

Date posted: May 7, 2013

Matt Martin and Natalie Hampton(Photo courtesy of NCACES)Matt Martin, left, receives the Special Specialist Award from Natalie Hampton

The N.C. Association of Cooperative Extension Specialists presented awards to Matt Martin and Dr. Barbara Fair on May 3 at the association’s final meeting of 2012-13, N.C. State University’s Brickhaven Building.

Matt Martin, turfgrass associate at Castle Hayne Research Station, received the NCACES Special Specialist Award. Martin was nominated by Daniel Simpson, Pamlico County agriculture agent. NCACES recognizes both specialists and associates that serve in the role of specialist.

In his nomination, Simpson wrote, “Matt has greatly impacted the turfgrass industry in Pamlico County and Eastern North Carolina. He is one of the first specialists that most growers or Extension agents contact with a question. Many growers owe their start and success to working with Matt.”

Dr. Barbara Fair, landscape horticulture specialist at N.C. State University, received the award for Outstanding Individual Program. Fair was nominated by Cyndi Lauderdale, agriculture agent in Wilson County. Fair was recognized for developing Waterwise materials for landscapers, nurserymen and agents to explain how the Green Industry can use water wisely.

Lauderdale wrote, “Dr. Fair is always willing and eager to come to the county when asked. One such event is the Eastern Landscape Conference and Trade Show in Wilson.

… Barb develops new programs for each presentation and caters to the audience. She also teaches classes, performs research and keeps agents up to date on items facing the green industry.”

Others nominated for awards and nominators are:
Lucy Bradley, nominated by Charlotte Glen;
Mike Parker, nominated by William Hanlin; and
Ron Heiniger, nominated by Alton Wood and the NE Ag Expo Team.

-N. Hampton

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