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Panhandle Extension Honors 3

SCOTTSBLUFF – Nebraska Extension in the Panhandle celebrated three individuals last month at the Panhandle District Holiday Celebration Dinner, which was attended by leadership from the UNL Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, along with faculty and staff from the Panhandle Research and Extension Center.

Gering-Fort Laramie Irrigation District general manager Rick Preston was presented with the Service to Panhandle Agriculture Award, Nebraska Dry Bean Commission executive director Lynn Reuter was named a Friend of Nebraska Extension, and Panhandle Center facilities director Cardinal Farrington was saluted for his efforts with the Esprit de Corps Award.

The Outstanding Service to Panhandle Agriculture Award recognizes individuals or groups based on value of work done or cooperation with UNL specialists or educators; leadership in agriculture; community service other than agriculture; and level of impact on Panhandle agriculture.

Preston was recognized for the grace and professionalism he exhibited last summer after the collapse of the Fort Laramie irrigation tunnel disrupted water deliveries to more than 100,000 acres – about half of it in the Gering-Fort Laramie District. His work to keep irrigators up to date on developments and to try to find solutions were specifically cited.

The Friend of Panhandle Extension Award recognizes individuals or groups whose contributions have furthered Extension activities in the Nebraska Panhandle. Reuter was recognized for her support of work both at the Panhandle Center and across its 16-county service area, especially in strengthening connections between the university and the region’s dry bean growers and processors.

The Esprit de Corps Award is given periodically by the district to a person who exemplifies the feeling of pride, fellowship, and common loyalty shared by the members of a particular group.”

Farrington was cited for his willing attitude to serve others and provide for the needs of the Center, including a remarkable job on refurbishing the center grounds – including the arboretum. In particular, he was commended for snow removal following the blizzard of last March.