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Harty, Salverson honored by ag agent group

SDSU Extension Field Specialists Adele Harty and Robin Salverson were recognized by the National Association of County Agricultural Agents during the 2015 Annual Meeting held in Sioux Falls.

"These awards are given by their peers to recognize not only Adele and Robin's length of service, but also the caliber of work that they have accomplished in service to South Dakotans throughout their careers," said Karla Trautman, SDSU Extension Associate Director. "I was not surprised to learn that they were selected because I see the work they do day-in and day-out." Harty received the 2015 Achievement Award and Salverson received the 2015 Distinguished Service Award. Each year, members of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents select a member(s) from each state for these awards. Trautman explained that the fact that these awards are given based on national criteria is significant. "It shows that the work SDSU Extension staff do is recognized – not only within our state – but on a national level by professionals within their field," Trautman said.

Achievement Award

The 2015 Achievement Award presented to Harty is awarded to Agents with 10 years or less of service in Cooperative Extension, who have exhibited excellence in the field of Extension Education.Harty is an SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist based in Rapid City.Her programming focuses on assisting cow/calf producers in making sound management decisions to improve profitability and sustainability of their operations. Harty has been a leader in developing and delivering Annie's Project and beefSD programming, both of which are successful statewide programs in South Dakota. "I really enjoy being able to provide producers the information they need to make management decisions and knowing that I have made a difference in doing that," said Harty, who has been with SDSU Extension for 10 years.

Distinguished Service Award

The 2015 Distinguished Service Award presented to Salverson recognizes Extension personnel with more than 10 years of service who have exhibited excellence in the field of Extension Education.Salverson has been serving South Dakotans as part of SDSU Extension since 2001. She began her career with SDSU Extension 14 years ago. Today she works as an SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist out of the SDSU Extension Regional Center in Lemmon. Throughout her career she has focused her research on heifer development, reproductive management and cow/calf nutrition; as well as developing programs for women including SD Women in Ag and Annie's Project. "It is exciting and empowering for me to see ranches transition to the next generation and helping those families, young and old, is one of the most enjoyable parts of my job," Salverson said. "Being part of beefSD, a beginning farmer rancher program, has been a highlight because I am part of the growth and development of the next generation. I have been inspired by their passion and the drive these producers have for agriculture. The close relationships I have built over the years with South Dakota families are personally and professionally rewarding."

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