Extension educator receives Friend of the Fair award

Beth Ferry, Michigan State University Extension pork educator in Cass County, received the Berrien County Youth Fair (BCYF) Friend of the Fair award, Oct. 26 at the BCYF annual meeting.

Beth was presented with the award due to her involvement in helping fair officials to prepare for health issues that could arise with the livestock at the fair and more importantly assisting them as they worked through a swine influenza (SIV) outbreak following the fair this year.

She worked with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Michigan Department of Community Health and the BCYF to find a workable solution to handling the outbreak and informing exhibitors and the public of what transpired. She also helped communicate with the packers that received pigs from the fair. Beth’s work will continue, as the fair will utilize her as a resource to assist with the creation and implementation of a vaccination program for the swine project, providing information and educational materials for exhibitors, leaders and event staff.

Congratulations, Beth!

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