Purdue Extension presents special awards at conference

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue Extension educators and specialists were recognized Thursday (Nov. 8) for the exceptional service they provide in their profession.

Special awards presented during Extension's annual Professional Development Conference luncheon and the honorees are:

  • fultonOutstanding Extension Specialist Award: Joan Fulton of Purdue University's Department of Agricultural Economics within the College of Agriculture. Fulton's work in business management and marketing spans Indiana, the United States and the world. Fulton is a founding member of the Purdue Women in Agriculture team. She has helped to develop programs through Purdue's Center for Food and Agricultural Business, and she was involved in developing the Indiana Cooperative Development Center, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development.

    Fulton helped to plan and was a speaker for the National Value-Added Agriculture Conferences in 2005 and 2006. She has given presentations to cooperatives and associated groups on the topics of roles and responsibilities of cooperative directors and business management.

    Her international work includes being a member of a team that reviewed the National Center for Agricultural Research and Technology Transfer in Jordan, helping agricultural faculty in Egypt develop agribusiness teaching and Extension programs, and serving as project director for the first 18 months of an effort to help farmers in West Africa with storage of their staple cowpea crops in triple-layer plastic bags.

  • quagranieOutstanding Extension Specialist Mid-Career: Kwamena Quagraine of Purdue University's Department of Agricultural Economics within the College of Agriculture. Since
    joining Purdue in 2005, Dr. Kwamena Quagrainie has revitalized the aquaculture industry in Indiana and overseas. Through applied research and Extension he has expanded aquaculture funding and improved business for thousands of fish farms.

    Kwamena¹s leadership led to reorganization of the state aquaculture Extension team and development of a business management program for farms producing yellow perch, hybrid striped bass and freshwater prawns. Kwamena¹s leadership was a driving force in the Indiana Soybean Alliance funding a 5-year Indiana Aquaculture Strategic Plan in 2007 resulting in up to $1 million annually in soybean check-off funds for aquaculture research and education in Indiana. Kwamena obtained additional research funding from USDA and Purdue to support Indiana aquaculture development. He actively collaborates with Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Indiana Board of Animal Health, and the Indiana Soybean Alliance. Kwamena is Indiana¹s state coordinator for USDA¹s North Central Regional Aquaculture Center, state representative on the National Association of State Aquaculture Coordinators and serves on USDA¹s aquatic task force that is formulating standards for organic aquaculture nationally.

    Dr. Quagrainie¹s domestic program is closely integrated with international activities through the USAID-funded Aquaculture and Fisheries Collaborative Research Support Program (AquaFish CRSP). As the Africa AquaFish CRSP project director, Kwamena secured $1.13 million since 2004 for research and outreach, including training in pond record keeping and business management. About
    2,000 fish farmers in Tanzania, Kenya and Ghana can now use their farming records to secure bank financing. With the skills acquired in the program AquaFish funded graduates in Africa have now invested in advanced aquaculture methods including artificial propagation of catfish, which they are helping to spread through farmer-to-farmer programs. The sector¹s growth has also attracted the attention of governments with the Kenya government investing about $14.5 million for hatcheries and fish ponds with for the first time.


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