Two receive FSA's highest honorary award

Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Mississippi County Program Technician Reba Smith receives award from Douglas Caruso (left), Farm Service Agency Administrator and Jim Miller, USDA Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services.

Reba Smith, PT in the Mississippi County FSA Office in Osceola, and Cheryl Reece, PT from Craighead County in Jonesboro, were recently recognized at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. They received the highest honorary award bestowed upon FSA employees, the 2009 FSA Administrator's Award for Service to Agriculture.

Ms. Smith, who has nearly 27 years of service to FSA and ASCS, was honored "for exceptional performance in a heavy workload office, serving as a tester for the Cotton PC Migration, and also for exhibiting the true spirit of integrity and service to agriculture." She assisted the National Price Support Division in testing software and providing input for beta testing of new cotton loan web applications. She is called upon by State Office personnel, the National Price Support Division, and by Kansas City staff for assistance, asking her opinion about making improvements to forms and documents, for software testing, enhancements to handbook procedures, or to serve on specific task forces.

Craighead County Program Technician Cheryl Reece receives award from Douglas Caruso (left), Farm Service Agency Administrator and Jim Miller, USDA Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services. (photos provided)

Ms. Reece, who has also worked for the agency for over 26 years, was honored "for outstanding performance of assigned duties, while taking on additional office responsibilities and serving as a beta tester for the Cotton PC Migration into COPS." She also assisted PSD this past year in testing software for new cotton web applications. Her knowledge of farm programs and her experience in working with the farmers of her area make her a valuable employee, and she is often called upon to use that knowledge to train new employees in neighboring county FSA offices, as well as new employees assigned to her home office.

Both women exhibit honesty, integrity, and a love of agriculture and for the people they serve, making them role models for others to follow.

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