COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service presented its Superior Service – Agent award to Leonard Haynes, agriculture and natural resources agent in Donley County.
The Superior Service awards are the highest award presented by the agency. The recipients were honored Jan. 8 with a noon luncheon.
“Leonard runs a well-rounded educational program, effectively managing his time to maximize impacts for both youth and adults,” said Brandon Dukes, AgriLife Extension district administrator, in his nomination.
“Serving in a single agent county, he continues to host an annual health fair, as well as many other educational programs that some might consider to be outside the scope of his responsibilities,” Dukes said.
Haynes exemplifies a well-rounded AgriLife Extension professional, Dukes said.
“He is able to not only wear many hats but wear them effectively,” Dukes said. “His programming efforts have had a major impact on ag producers in Donley County.”
According to producer-completed retrospective post surveys, program attendees have incurred an economic benefit totaling $5,551,746, the nomination stated. This equates to $20,715.50 per producer.
“It is obvious with those kinds of numbers that programs under Leonard’s leadership are making a significant impact in Donley County,” Dukes said. “The economic benefit producers are enjoying is directly correlated with the knowledge they are gaining and practices they are being exposed to through Leonard’s programming.”
The programs he conducts are having an impact in other areas as well, the nomination stated.
“Donley County 4-H members know they can count on Leonard to be there whenever they need him, and they know that when he has an activity planned that they will have fun doing it,” Dukes said.
Also, he said, newly hired AgriLife Extension county agents depend on Haynes for guidance in meeting the demands of their clientele on a day to day basis, his nomination stated.