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59th Secretary's Honor Awards for 2006

The 2006 Secretary's Honor Awards were held October 20th, 2006, in Washington DC.

NIFA-related Awards

Individual and Group Achievements - Supporting Increased Economic Opportunities and Improved Quality of Life in Rural Areas

  • 4-H/Army Youth Development Project, Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Washington, DC
    John A. Macdonald, United States Army, Sharon KB Wright, Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Group Leaders

    For collaboration of Federal agencies, using public resources wisely, and meeting critical challenges facing American children as their parents are deployed.
    • Group Members: Janice Clark, James Kahler, Cathann Kress, C. Eddy Mentzer
    • United States Army Group Members: Nancy Campbell, M.-A. Lucas
    • Auburn University Group Members: Samuel Fowler, Mark Otto
    • Kansas State University Group Member: Marlene Glasscock
    • University of Missouri Group Member: Bradd Anderson
    • Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University Group Members: Jay Mancini, Darrin Allen
    • University of Maryland Group Member: Debbie Bowman
    • Washington State University Group Members: Deb Marple, Kevin Wright


Individual and Group Achievements - Enhancing Protection and Safety of the Nation’s Agriculture and Food Supply

  • Asian Soybean Rust Team, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Carlisle, PA
    Coanne O’Hern, Group Leader

    For advance planning, rapid response and recovery of a disaster that was averted by
    using science-based and technological strategies or addressing and mitigating risks
    for a potentially devastating plant disease, the Asian Soybean Rust.
    • Group Members: Matthew Royer, Claude Knighten, Glenn Fowler, Anwar Rizvi, Arnie Tschanz, Laurene Levy, Mary Palm, Osama El-Lissy, Russ Bullock
    • Agricultural Research Service Group Members: Rick Bennett, Glen Hartman, Kent Smith, Monte Miles, Morris Bonde, Reid Frederick, Teung F. Chin, Rich Wilson
    • National Institute of Food and Agriculture Group Members: Kitty Cardwell, William Hoffman
    • Risk Management Agency Group Member: Heyward Baker
    • Office of the Secretary Group Member: Burleson Smith
    • Ohio State University Group Member: Anne Dorrance
    • University of Kentucky Group Member: Don Hershman
    • North Carolina State University Group Members: James Vankirk, Roger Magarey
    • Pennsylvania State University Group Members: Julie Golod, Scott Isard
    • University of South Dakota Group Member: Marty Draper
    • Economic Research Service Group Members: Michael Roberts, Mike Livingston
    • University of California Davis Group Member: Carla Thomas
    • University of Illinois Group Member: Sue Ratcliffe
    • University of Iowa Group Member: XB Yang


Individual and Group Achievements - Improving the Nation’s Nutrition and Health

  • MyPyramid Development Team, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, Alexandria, VA
    Jacqueline Haven, Group Leader

    For the outstanding development and implementation of the MyPyramid Food Guidance System that provides personalized guidance to help Americans follow the Dietary Guidelines through
    • Group Members: Lisa Bente, Patricia Britten, Andrea Carlson, Eric Hentges, Julia Dinkins, Jane Fleming, Patricia Guenther, Carole Davis, David Herring, Peter Basiotis, Hazel Hiza, Myrtle Hogbin, WenYen Juan, Mark Lino, Joan Lyon, Kristin Marcoe, Kelly Nettleton, Colette Thibault, Dorothea Vafiadis, John Webster, Sedigheh Yamini, Evelio E. Gomez, Regina Ryder, Allison Willcox, Sheri Crider, Lori French, Gerry Howell, Debra Nigri, Lynne Ricker, Jan Stanton, Vicky Urcuyo, Patricia Palmer, Cheryl Wilson
    • Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service Group Member: Shirley Gerrior


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