I’m pleased to let you know that recently retired Michigan State University senior Extension educator Hannah Stevens received the Michigan Vegetable Council’s Master Farmer Associate Award Dec. 5 at the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo banquet.
The council presents the award to an individual who, while not directly involved in farming, has had a significant impact on the well-being of the vegetable industry in Michigan.
Hannah joined our organization in 1981 as an Extension horticultural agent in Macomb County. In 1992, she became an Extension agricultural and natural resources agent and in 2010, she achieved senior Extension educator status.
She was the face of Extension to many producers, working closely with muck vegetable growers in the Imlay City area and with vegetable growers on mineral soil in Macomb, St. Clair and Lapeer counties.
Hannah developed and implemented meaningful educational programs, collaborating in statewide and multi-state research and scholarship efforts.
She co-authored the grant proposal that funded the Great Lakes Vegetable Working Group, which connects researchers and educators from many states and Canada.
She conducted as well as cooperated on many research trials with MSU specialists and organized educational tours and meetings on everything from pest threats to new technology.
Well-respected for her expertise, Hannah is a worthy recipient of the Master Farmer Associate Award. She retired in March 2012, and we certainly miss her contribution.