AACAAS President Kim Wilkins, left, presents the Friend of Extension Award to Federation President Jerry Newby and Federation Executive Director Paul Pinyan during the association's 2012 annual meeting and Professional Improvement Conference.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. The Alabama Association of County Agricultural Agents and Specialists (AACAAS) recognized the Alabama Farmers Federation as the 2012 recipient of the Friend of Extension Award. The presentation took place June 6 at the Federation headquarters in Montgomery during the opening banquet of the association's annual meeting and Professional Improvement Conference. Federation President Jerry Newby and Federation Executive Director Paul Pinyan accepted the award.
AACAAS President Kim Wilkins said the executive committee selected the Federation as the winner based on the working relationship between the two organizations.
"The Federation has assisted in a wide variety of ways over the years," Wilkins said. "They have partnered with us for programs and meetings and have been very supportive of agriculture agents throughout the state."
Pinyan said the Federation is honored by the award and greatly appreciates the work of county Extension agents.
"We're humbled to receive this recognition," Pinyan said. "Our two organizations share a common, central goal of helping farmers in Alabama. We look forward to continuing our work with the Extension system. Together, we help strengthen the voice of Alabama farmers – great men and women who serve as the social, cultural and economic backbone of our state."
According to Wilkins, the award is usually presented to an individual. This marks only the second time an organization has been selected for the honor.
The history of the Friend of Extension goes back to 1974. Other recipients include former Auburn University football coach Ralph "Shug" Jordan in 1975 and former Alabama Farmers Federation President Goodwin Myrick in 1994.
AACAAS is part of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA). The organization strives to recognize professional excellence in Cooperative Extension nationwide while providing professional development opportunities for its members.