Arkansas Forestry Association honors Cooperative Extension’s McPeake as educator of the year
Oct. 24, 2022
By Mary Hightower
U of A System Division of Agriculture
- McPeake is 23-year extension veteran
- Beadel: “Her knowledge is a huge asset to all of us”
(Newsrooms: With art https://flic.kr/p/2nUhLnr; ‘Beadel’ in 6th graph is c.q.)
LITTLE ROCK — Becky McPeake, professor and extension wildlife specialist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, has been honored by the Arkansas Forestry Association as educator of the year.
McPeake was recognized during the AFA’s annual meeting Oct. 13. In her 23 years with the Cooperative Extension Service, McPeake has conducted demonstrations and workshops for youth and adults and has worked with multiple partnerships on projects to benefit Arkansas.
“It is definitely an honor to be recognized by one’s peers,” McPeake said. “I was beyond surprised – more like shocked — when I learned I was selected. It took about 24 hours for me to process it and reach out to my supervisor.
“The award is a validation for my passion to be an educational intermediary between forestry, wildlife, and people,” she said. “As many do in extension, we work days, nights and weekends to reach out to people and communities. It’s what we do. So it’s an honor to be recognized as someone who does it well.”
“This is a well-deserved award for a program that benefits all Arkansans,” said Vic Ford, head of agriculture and natural resources for the Cooperative Extension Service. “Dr. McPeake’s programs reach all ages and reflect the values of those who love the outdoors. Her programs are innovative and often include state-of-the-art technology, such as using drones to count feral hogs.”
Rob Beadel, AFA Director of Forestry Education, presented the award and said McPeake’s dedication is an excellent example of what an educator should be.
“Becky has been an educator since she was in school and has dedicated her life to the craft,”
Beadel said. “Her knowledge is a huge asset to all of us here in the Natural State.”
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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.
About the Arkansas Forestry Association
Organized in 1947, AFA is the only private, nonprofit organization representing the entire forestry community in Arkansas. AFA has over 1,200 members who join in AFA’s mission of advocating for the sustainable use and sound stewardship of Arkansas’s forests and related resources to benefit members of the state’s forestry community and all Arkansans today and in the future.
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