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Agriculture Press Release

September 11, 2002

Staff of Cooperative Extension Service honored

PANAMA CITY -- Service plaques and other awards were presented today to 28 Florida Cooperative Extension Service employees for outstanding programs implemented on behalf of Florida citizens. The awards, sponsored by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, were presented during the Florida Association of Extension Professionals (FAEP) annual meeting in Panama City, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Charles H. Bronson announced.

The Florida Cooperative Extension Service is a segment of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) at the University of Florida. IFAS is comprised of the Extension Service, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the Florida Research and Agricultural Experiment Stations. It conducts agricultural research, educates students about agriculture, and disseminates agricultural information to the public through cooperative extension programs in Florida’s 67 counties and the Seminole Indian Reservation.

The awards recognize 24 Family and Consumer Science Agents with the Program of Excellence Awards for 10 outstanding programs in the area of nutrition and health conducted on behalf of Florida citizens.

In addition, Bronson recognized the four outgoing presidents of the FAEP with leadership awards for their year of service. The FAEP is comprised of Epsilon Sigma Phi, the Florida Association of County Agricultural Agents, the Florida Association of Extension 4-H Agents, and the Florida Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Each year the FAEP gathers to share information to recognize members of their organization that conduct outstanding programs. The meeting was held in Panama City at the Baypoint Marriott, September 9-12, 2002.

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