Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant Named 2010 Soil and Water Conservation Society Fellow

Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant has been named a 2010 Soil and Water Conservation Society Fellow.

About the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) Fellow Award

The designation of Fellow is conferred on society members who have performed exceptional service in advocating the conservation of soil, water, and related natural resources. This award is given first and foremost for professional excellence. Professional achievement may be in practicing, investigating, administering, or teaching soil and water conservation or closely related fields. Only society members with at least 10 years of membership are eligible.

About Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant

Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant is being honored with the Fellow Award for her long and outstanding service to the society at all levels of the organization. Her nomination, submitted by the Illinois Chapter, details her efforts and excellence in both professional and society missions. She has served at the local and state levels and served as the SWCS president from 2003 to 2004. She has been extremely active and involved in a number of SWCS Board of Director projects, including the revitalization of the House of Delegates, Program Development Fund, land sale, Professional Development Director search, and a number of staff-led programs and initiatives.

In her 20+ years of service, Cavanaugh-Grant has served as a teacher, sustainable agriculture research and education coordinator, chapter advisor for the student chapter at the University of Illinois, and now serves as an extension specialist coordinating the Illinois Small Farm and Sustainable Agriculture Program. Additionally, Cavanaugh-Grant has served as a Soil and Water Conservation Society At-large Director, as well as president of the Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts between 1998 to 2000. She served as the cochair for the 2000 SWCS meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, and has been honored in the past with two outstanding Service Awards (1996, 1998) from the SWCS, as well as the Honor Award in 1988, Merit Award in 1993, and Presidents Citation Award in 2001.

Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant and Sustainable Agriculture

Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant has been the Extension Specialist for Small Farm and Sustainable Agriculture since 2006. In her role as Extension Specialist, Deborah provides statewide leadership for educational programming for commercial small farmers, managers and coordinators of various direct and alternative marketing channels, and non-commercial small acreage landowner. She also acts a coordinator for the University of Illinois Small Farms program, working with county and regional Extension personnel to deliver educational programming on a regional and statewide basis. She is also the co-facilitator of the Central Illinois Farm Beginnings Program. Deborah also serves as the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) State Coordinator for Illinois and provides support and information about the various NCR-SARE grant programs and activities. Check out her book, Reaping the Rewards of Our SARE Investment. The goal, of this publication, is to share the innovative work that Illinois NCR-SARE recipients have done over the years- answering the "so what?" question.

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