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National 4-H Hall of Fame inducts Reed-Boniface

-- MINNEAPOLIS Juanita Reed-Boniface, a longtime University of Minnesota extension educator in 4-H youth development, recently was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony took place at the National 4-H Youth Conference...

-- MINNEAPOLIS Juanita Reed-Boniface, a longtime University of Minnesota extension educator in 4-H youth development, recently was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony took place at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Md. Reed-Boniface was recognized for her contributions to 4-H during more than 40 years of service to the organization as a volunteer, extension professional and agri-business partner. Part of her legacy is the Minnesota 4-H Ambassador Program, which celebrates its 40th year in 2008. After joining the University of Minnesota extension faculty in 1963, Reed-Boniface served on numerous national committees, co-authored 4-H curriculum, led leader and staff training workshops and was superintendent of the 4-H Department at the Minnesota State Fair. A graduate of the University of Nebraska, she began her career in Otoe County, Neb. She was a 4-H club member in Brown and Wayne counties, Neb., where she was named an Ak-Sar-Ben Outstanding 4-H member and was awarded a trip to National 4-H Congress. She was named University of Nebraska Cather Circle Alumna of the Year in 2007 and was inducted into the Minnesota Livestock Hall of Fame in 2004. Reed-Boniface is a member of the Anoka County Extension Committee and serves as a program coordinator for the Minnesota Foundation for Responsible Animal Care.

Three SDSU specialists honored-- BROOKINGS, S.D. South Dakota State University extension weed specialist Mike Moechnig, SDSU information specialist Mary Brashier and SDSU extension forestry specialist John Ball have won major awards from their peers. The South Dakota Extension Specialists' Association recognized Moechnig with its 2007 Certificate of Merit Award, given to a member of the association with less than five years' service as a specialist with the SDSU Cooperative Extension Service. Moechnig's peers nominated him for his outstanding efforts in working directly with weed science education programs. Brashier and Ball were both recipients of the 2007 Distinguished Service Award. The award goes to a member of the South Dakota Extension Specialists' Association with at least five years' service. Brashier was nominated by her peers for her many years of work as publications' editor for South Dakota Cooperative Extension and with the AgBio Communications Unit on campus at SDSU. Ball was nominated for his work across South Dakota in the field of forestry.

Larry Adams promoted at FSA-- WASHINGTON Larry J. Adams has been appointed Farm Service Agency deputy administrator for commodity operations, effective Sept. 30. The deputy administrator for commodity operations is responsible for developing policies and regulations for the dairy price support program; the storage, handling and disposition of Commodity Credit Corp.'s owned commodities; and for the export and domestic commodity donation programs. Adams had been assistant deputy administrator for farm programs for FSA, advising the deputy administrator for farm programs and the FSA administrator on farm programs and policies.

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