Extension staff earns state honor

From News ReleaseJanuary 20, 2014 

Shown are, from left: front row – Johnston staff members Amie Newsome, Debra Stroud, Bryant Spivey, Katie Moore and Lori McBryde; and standing – Dr. Joe Zublena, director of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service; staff members Dan Wells, Jayne McBurney and Angela Faison; Jimmy Gentry, president of the N.C. State Grange; staff members Shawn Banks and Tim Britton; and Dr. Fletcher Barber, associate administrator of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service. Not pictured are Johnston staff members Nikki Davis and Teresa Byrd.


The Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service staff has received the Search for Excellence State Team Award from the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service Foundation.

The Johnston staff members were honored recently in Raleigh. The Search for Excellence Award promotes and identifies professional excellence within the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, with awards presented in different program areas. The State Team Award, presented annually, recognizes the efforts of one outstanding county center team in the state.

“Johnston County is very fortunate to have outstanding Extension agents and support staff working to serve local citizens,” said Bryant Spivey, county Extension director. “Johnston agents are ready and capable to help farmers improve profits, homeowners understand their landscapes, youth develop their leadership potential in 4-H and families improve their health and financial wellness.”

In addition to the team award, individual members of the Johnston County Extension Center staff received professional-development awards. Tim Britton, agricultural agent, received the Lois G. Britt Outstanding Extension Agent Award. Jayne McBurney, a family and consumer educator, received the Ada Dalla-Pozza professional development award. Spivey received the Carol M. Birckhead Award for Outstanding County Extension Director.

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