Smith County agent Gulley receives national award for Extension work

  • Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu
  • Contact: Chad Gulley, 903-590-2980, chad.gulley@ag.tamu.edu

SMITH COUNTY – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent Chad Gulley, Smith County, was recently awarded the highest national award given to Extension staff by a professional organization.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent Chad Gulley (right), Smith County, receives the 2017 Distinguished Service Award from National Association of County Agriculture Agents past president Mark Nelson. (Courtesy photo)

Gulley received the 2017 Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agriculture Agents during their Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah in mid-July.

Being nominated by his peers and receiving the award was an honor, Gulley said.

“Each day is a new challenge to answer our clientele’s questions,” he said. “You never know what it will be from day to day. I enjoy working with our producers, the industry folks and our statewide AgriLife family to meet those challenges.”

This award is given to agents with more than 10 years of service in Cooperative Extension who have exhibited excellence in the field of extension education.

Nominations for the award are made by peers.

Gulley has served Polk, Nacogdoches, and Smith counties during his 17-year AgriLife Extension tenure. He provides programming and expertise to assist clientele in beef and forage production, horticulture, volunteer development, aquatics, wildlife, emergency preparedness, environmental stewardship, and 4-H and youth development.

Shelia Lewis, AgriLife Extension District 5 administrator, Overton, said Gulley takes the lead on programming, including coordination of industry/producer workshops  such as the annual Tri-County Beef and Forage Workshop, the East Texas Fruit and Vegetable and Turfgrass conferences, and educational programming for professionals and the general public.

“Chad’s excellence in programming and leadership within AgriLife Extension is second to none,” she said. “He provides good, quality programming to his clientele and keeps up with the latest technology and techniques to help them be successful.”

Gulley also participates in leadership roles for a number of local, district and state committees and is involved in numerous agricultural groups in East Texas. He has also served as a mentor to many early career agents in his district.

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