Fresh off a holiday where we note why we are thankful and approaching another where we attempt to put in perspective what truly matters, it’s never been a better time to talk about one of Michigan State University Extension’s best and brightest – Natalie Rector.
Natalie, senior MSU Extension educator specializing in manure nutrient management, was honored with Michigan Farm Bureau’s Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award at MFB’s recent annual meeting. The award is one of many Natalie, who retired Oct. 1, has received in her career, including the National Association of County Agricultural Agents Distinguished Service Award in 1994 and a Distinguished Academic Staff Award from MSU in 2004. The accolades she has received are too numerous to count, and her impact on Extension and on behalf of Extension is nearly impossible to put into words.
However, Wayne Wood, president of MFB, might have come close when he described Natalie’s contributions as “extraordinary and unrivaled.”
She has been an educator and an innovator since she started her career with Extension in 1983, first as a field crops agent and then crossing over into manure nutrient management education. She has had a profound impact on the thousands of farmers throughout Michigan she has helped, the hundreds of colleagues she has worked alongside of and the many who view her as a mentor. She’s been an inspiration for me and a great example of what makes Extension professionals special.
Visit the MFB website to read an article about Natalie’s award and to view a photo of her receiving it from MFB Vice President Mike Fusilier: http://www.michfb.com/annual/index/96/2652.
In addition, read this Battle Creek Enquirer article.