An employee of Christian County’s University of Missouri Extension office picked up a pair of state awards.

Pam Duitsman, Christian County’s new Community Engagement Specialist, won two awards from the Missouri Association of Community and Economic Development Extension Professionals. Duitsman won the Excellence in Teamwork Award and the Cross Program Award.

Duitsman won the Excellence in Teamwork Award for her work with the Farm to School of the Ozarks projects, for which she is the Project Coordinator. She and team member Amy Patillo were recognized for a project that demonstrates a significant impact on the community it serves.

Duitsman won the Cross Program Award for leading the city of Republic through a strategic planning process in 2018.

Christian County Extension Agricultural Business Specialist Jim Spencer, Jr., won the Vice Chancellor’s Diversity Award as part of a 10-member team called the Missouri Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers.

Missouri Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers brings plain-language presentations to beginning farmers and ranchers. Reaching out to Hmong, Latino and veteran audiences, the team provided an understanding of how to use USDA and extension programming. The information was offered with language-appropriate programs for Hmong, Spanish and English speakers.

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