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October 21, 2002

Purdue Extension specialists recognized for exemplary work

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue University Cooperative Extension Specialists Association (PUCESA) on Tuesday (10/15) honored four specialists for outstanding efforts. The awards were announced at the annual Extension conference on Purdue's West Lafayette campus.

Agronomist Ben Southard and agricultural economist George Patrick both received the PUCESA Career Award. Cliff Sadof, of the entomology department, was presented the PUCESA Senior Award, and the Junior Award was given to Mark Evans of the agronomy department.

Southard began his Extension career in 1963 by assisting Extension specialists with their research projects. In order to help explain Purdue research, he assisted in creating protable displays for meetings and presentations. He photographed plots, crop conditions and soil properties to illustrate the displays. That led to filming, then videotaping. His high-quality videos have earned national awards.

Southard kept an extensive file of agronomy Extension publications, photos, slides and videos, which led to the development of a three-volume series called "The Agronomy Handbooks." Southard has taken a leadership role in many departmental activities, such as serving as chair of Agronomy Field Day for 20 years. He's also chair of the Agronomy Transportation Committee, Agronomy Exhibit Committee and agronomy Extension activities at the Farm Progress Show.

• Patrick has educated thousands of tax professionals, farmers and rural residents in agricultural income tax, crop insurance and risk management since 1976. He directs the annual two-day Purdue Income Tax School held in 11 Indiana locations. Patrick works with the Internal Revenue Service and the Indiana Department of Revenue and he coordinates the efforts of private-sector instructors on development and delivery of educational materials for this program.

Patrick pioneered the use of the Indiana Higher Education Telecommunication System in the 1980s to deliver timely tax management information to producers. He's also the lead author of "Income Tax Planning for Farmers" and "Risk Management in Agriculture."

Patrick has served on the National Farm Income Tax Extension Committee since 1981 and was chair for seven years. He's served on the North Central Farm Management Extension Committee since 1989 and was chair in 1997. He also served on the Extension committee of the American Agricultural Economics Association from 1989 to 1993 and was chair from 1990 to 1992. He was elected director of the AAEA Extension section when it was established in 1999 and currently is the section's president. He's also president of the board of directors of the Land-Grant University Tax Education Foundation.

• Sadof was awarded the PUCESA Senior Award for being an acknowledged state and national leader in the development of pest-management systems for the ornamental plant industry and others. He's among the nation's leaders in developing educational programs for the public on biological control and other reduced-risk pest-intervention technologies appropriate for homeowners and urban landscapes.

Sadof developed a pest-management program to reduce pine shoot beetle risk and modify quarantines that threatened Indiana's $22 million Christmas tree industry. He also helped develop and deliver a novel gypsy moth education program that defused public concern about aerial pesticide application over Indianapolis and other major Hoosier cities.

• Evans was honored with the Junior Award for excellence in initiating, coordinating and evaluating conservation programs and activities. Evans took the lead on developing conservation displays, videos, publications and demonstrations for the 1995, 1998 and 2001 Farm Progress Shows. Since 1993, he's provided leadership for the "Pathway to Water Quality" exhibit efforts. He's written grants to fund no-till and pesticide applicator training in Indiana and has worked to incorporate soil-quality training into Master Gardener workshops.

Evans works with Soil and Water Conservation Districts and other partners to develop, coordinate and evaluate educational programming and workshops. Evans also works with youth programs, spearheading efforts to initiate Water Education for Teachers (Project WET) and expand the "Envirothon" competition for high school students. He also initiated the "Every Drop Counts" workshops to expose educators to water-related resources for youth, and he has worked with the 4-H/FFA Soil Judging contests.

CONTACT: Floyd Branson, Purdue Extension, (765) 494-8490.

Writer: Andrea McCann

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