Mark Blevins Receives Achievement Award

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Mark Blevins Receives Achievement Award

Greensboro, NC – June 26, 2015 – The North Carolina Association of County Agricultural Agents recognized Mark Blevins as a recipient of their Achievement Award on June 17 at their annual meeting in Greensboro, NC. This award recognizes excellent performance of agents with less than 10 years of service who are active in the business of this association.

Blevins has worked with N.C. Cooperative Extension for nine years and is the County Extension Director for Brunswick County. Blevins has maintained a focus on sustainable agriculture in various forms during his first decade with Cooperative Extension with pesticide education and apiculture and horticulture as additional subject areas. Although accomplishments in each of these four areas are significant, Blevins is most humbled by the results and relationships that mark his Sustainable Agriculture programming. Referring to the economic, environmental, and community/social viability of an operation, sustainability is a much broader concept than organic versus conventional practices or small farms versus big Ag. Blevins has worked hard to help growers find and develop new markets for their products (economic), improve their practices in ways that protect land and water resources while optimizing profitability (environmental), and work with policy-makers (community) to enhance the agricultural resources around them.

Through this award, Blevins will be able to attend the 2015 National Association of County Agriculture Agents meeting in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. While attending the National Conference, Blevins will be networking and learning new ways to help his clients.