National Ag Week Activities Win Kudos for Extension Educators

Monday, May 2 2011

Extension Educators Shannon Williams, Katie Hoffman, Sarah Baker and Chad Cheyney won the regional award and were national finalists for the Agricultural Awareness and Appreciation award sponsored by the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.
Although the educators' three counties, Butte, Lemhi and Custer, are considered rural with a combined population of 14,912, agriculture is not the top employer. For many of the county residents there is a disconnect between the cattle on the range and the food on the table.
To raise awareness of the many ways agriculture influences our daily lives, University of Idaho Extension partnered with area agencies, businesses, health care providers, service clubs and schools during National Agricultural Awareness week.
Their educational programming in 2010 reached 1,360 youth and over 5,000 county residents through classroom activities, a radio trivia contest, popular press displays and a drive-through breakfast serving 625.
The work of 65 volunteers greatly expanded the program, which is becoming an annual celebration of agriculture. More detailed information about the Ag Week activities can be found on the impact statement  "Lemhi, Custer & Butte Counties Celebrate National Agriculture Week" online.