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Communications and public policy professionals from the University of Arkansas System
Division of Agriculture earned 18 awards Saturday during the annual Arkansas Press
Women communications contest.
May 13, 2021
By the U of A System Division of Agriculture
(newsrooms – with images https://flic.kr/s/aHsmVAgtd3)
LITTLE ROCK — Communications and public policy professionals from the University of
Arkansas System Division of Agriculture earned 18 awards Saturday during the annual
Arkansas Press Women communications contest.
Two staffers, Fred Miller and Mary Hightower, tied as sweepstakes runners-up. The
sweepstakes award, for the highest number of wins and placements, went to Angelita
Faller of UA-Little Rock.
This year’s contest had 132 entries.
First-place winners in the APW contest are eligible to compete at the national level,
if they are National Federation of Press Women members. APW has been notified that
21 of its members have placed in the national competition. NFPW’s awards presentation
is scheduled on Friday evening, June 11, as part of a virtual conference hosted by
the Arkansas affiliate. For more information about the conference or to register visit
“We in the UA System Division of Agriculture are so proud of our Communications unit
and Public Policy Center and the recognition that Kristin Higgins, Fred Miller, Mary
Hightower and others recently received from the Annual Arkansas Press Women Communications
Competition,” said Mark Cochran, vice president-agriculture for the University of
“Their work received accolades for communications that highlighted Division activities,
educational information and service related to ballot initiatives, the COVID pandemic
— including ‘Recursos en Espanol’ — and agricultural research discoveries that support
the state’s largest industry and improve the lives and economic well being of so many
Arkansans,” he said. “Their work emphasizes that it is not only important to conduct
good science, but also the science must be effectively communicated.”
This years winners and placements from the Division of Agriculture:
Kristin Netterstrom Higgins, program associate-Public Policy Center, University of Arkansas System Division of
Agriculture won for her work in promoting ballot issues during the 2020 election year,
Mary Hightower, chief communications officer at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
won for newswriting as well as digital communciations related to COVID-19 outreach
in 2020, including:
Fred Miller, science editor for the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, won for news stories
about agricultural research:
Find the full list of winners: https://arkansaspresswomen.org/apw-names-winners-of-2021-communications-contest/.
To learn about extension programs in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension
Service agent or visit www.uaex.uada.edu. To learn more about Division of Agriculture research, visit the Arkansas Agricultural
Experiment Station website: https://aaes.uark.edu. To learn more about the Division of Agriculture, visit https://uada.edu/.
Follow us on Twitter at @AgInArk, @uaex_edu or @ArkAgResearch.
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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