Paul McKenzie, agricultural Extension agent for Warren and Vance counties, received the Distinguished Service Award from the national Association of County Agriculture Agents during the 2020 Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference.
McKenzie was one of several honorees who represent the top two percent of the membership selected by their peers and the director of Extension.
McKenzie has served for more than 20 years as an Agricultural Extension agent in four different counties, the last 11 as an area agent serving Warren and Vance counties. In that capacity, he has implemented a comprehensive education program serving farmers, gardeners, woodland owners and licensed/certified pesticide applicators.
McKenzie oversees a Master Gardener volunteer program consisting of almost 40 volunteers that contribute well over 1,000 hours of service to the community each year. In addition to gardening workshops, youth education projects and newsletters, the Master Gardeners have implemented various