VERNON – Jon Green, Texas AgriLife Extension Service agriculture and natural resources agent in Parker County, has been awarded one of the highest recognitions within AgriLife Extension, the Superior Service Award – Distinguished Career.
This award is presented to personnel who demonstrate outstanding performance or provide exceptional service to AgriLife Extension, an educational outreach agency of The Texas A&M University System, according to the award guidelines.
Green will be presented with his award at the AgriLife Extension Awards Luncheon on May 10 at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center near Vernon.
“Jon Green is a gifted educator and effective communicator who has provided exemplary service to the Texas AgriLife Extension Service for more than 33 years,” said Donald Kelm, AgriLife Extension district administrator.
Green began with AgriLife Extension in 1978 and has served in Collin, Rockwall and Parker counties. During those years, he has demonstrated a variety of programmatic successes with 4-H, livestock programs, field crops, horticulture and volunteer management. He has given untiring commitment and leadership to AgriLife Extension programs in these counties, Kelm said.
Kelm said Green’s work has been recognized with awards, including the New Agent Award in 1980 and the District 4 Achievement Award in 1986 and 1987 for his exemplary programming with 4-H and agriculture. Green was honored for outstanding work with livestock production as a state winner in 1995 and was a national finalist for crop production in 1998.
Work with young and beginning farmers and ranchers earned him state winner titles in 2008 and 2010 through his Ag. 101 Series. He was awarded the National Association of County Agriculture Agents Distinguished Service Award in 2001, and in 2010 was honored by Rolling Plains district with the Team Award for commitment to unified AgriLife Extension programs utilizing a consistent teamwork approach through creative cooperation to accomplish county goals.
“Green ranks as one of the top agriculture and natural resources agent in the state,” Kelm said. “This is due in part to his ability to comprehend applied research and then effectively transfer this research-based technology and information to the county residents in an understandable and relatable way.”
Parker County has had population growth during Green’s tenure, from 65,000 in 1992 to 116,000 in 2010, Kelm said. With that growth comes the concerns of urban living and landscapes, increased numbers of small farm and ranch landowners, and water quality issues.
Green has been instrumental in conducting quality programs that address the needs and concerns of both large and small farm and ranch owners, Kelm said. He helped create the Country Living Symposiums to educate suburban ranch landowners in a one-day program. These symposiums evolved into Ag 101 for Small Acreage Landowners, which he developed and has conducted annually since 2007.
With his vision of helping others, Green has shown strong leadership in working on water issues, the growing horse industry in the region, livestock and hay producers, peach and pecan producers, as well as 4-H youth programs, Kelm said.