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By Tracy CourageU of A System Division of AgricultureNov. 13, 2019
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative
Extension Service professional has been recognized for his contribution to national
Cooperative Extension programs and the impacts of those programs.
Mark Peterson, professor of community and economic development, has been named the
recipient of this year’s Southern Region Excellence in Extension by the U.S. Department
of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Cooperative Extension,
and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.
Peterson was selected for his many years working to build vibrant, sustainable communities
and regions through community leadership education programming. Peterson is the program
coordinator for Breakthrough Solutions, a strategic planning and development program
of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, with partners in the
public, private and non-profit sectors.
“Dr. Peterson is well-respected for his programs and enthusiasm in working with people,
organizations, communities and regions,” said Division of Agriculture’s Stacey McCullough,
assistant director for community, professional and economic development. “His work
has taken him beyond state lines, including a trip to Ukraine where he helped create
a strategic visioning toolkit for cities there.”
Peterson is among three other regional and two national award winners who were honored
Nov. 10 in San Diego, California during the Association of Public Land-grant Universities’
“We applaud this year’s Excellence in Extension and National Extension Diversity Awards
winners,” said Ed Jones, associate dean and director of extension at Virginia Tech
and chair of the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy. “Their work stands
as an exceptional example of the impact of Cooperative Extension for the people in
all 50 states and five U.S. territories where more than 32,000 Cooperative Extension
To learn about extension programs in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension
Service agent or visit www.uaex.uada.edu. Follow us on Twitter at @UAEX_edu.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity,
sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran
status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative
Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Media Contact: Tracy CourageDir. of Communication ServicesU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) firstname.lastname@example.org