WACO – Shane McLellan, Texas AgriLife Extension Service agent for McLennan County, has received a 2011 Superior Service Award, a top award given to employees by the agency.
McLellan was cited for his leadership in program delivery and organization in the areas of crop production, horticulture, beef cattle and forage management, as well the annual Blackland Income Growth Conference.
The 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.
Since 2008, in the area of row-crop production, McLellan conducted 20 programs that were attended by more than 6,000 individuals and offered 87 continuing education units. Survey data from 2008-2010 indicated a 76 percent increase in knowledge among crop farmers who attended two annual row crop tours, while 62 percent indicated they planned to keep better records of herbicide applications as the result of attending AgriLife Extension programs.
“He has a remarkable ability of keeping his finger on agricultural production in McLennan County while assisting producers with new technology,” wrote one nominee in a support letter. “He has excellent organizational communication skills. Shane has developed great knowledge of agricultural production and is a leader in Central Texas agriculture.”
“Shane McLellan exemplifies the qualities of an outstanding county Extension agent,” said Donald Kelm, AgriLife Extension district administrator. “He understands and fully utilizes the program development process to address the issues that are of concern to the residents of McLennan County. The Extension program in McLennan County is recognized across the state and this is because of Shane’s efforts in doing a quality job. Shane is not only respected by his peers within District 8, but also statewide. Shane is a leader and is willing to do the job that will take the Extension program in McLennan County to the next level.”