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Hart, extension agent, honored with ESP award

Ken Hart, Lewis County Extension Educator, receives the Distinguished Service Award from Ann Berry, National President of Epsilon Sigma Phi.

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Ken Hart, Lewis County Extension Educator, receives the Distinguished Service Award from Ann Berry, National President of Epsilon Sigma Phi.



— Ken Hart, University of Idaho/Lewis County Extension Educator, was recently recognized for a national honor.

Epsilon Sigma Phi, the national Extension organization, awarded Hart the ESP Distinguished Service Award for the Western Region at the 2015 National Meeting held in Coeur d’Alene in October. The Epsilon Sigma Phi Distinguished Service Award provides regional recognition to an experienced Extension professional who has consistently exhibited continuing leadership, initiative, and excellence in Extension program planning, delivery, evaluation in program or administration, on a state or regional level, during a career of 20 or more years.

Hart served as president of the Theta (Idaho) Chapter of ESP in 2009-2010 and as National Western Region Vice-President from 2010-2012. Ken has worked for University of Idaho Extension since 1994.

Hart was recognized during an Oct. 26 meeting of the Lewis County Commission.

Along with the ESP award, Hart was awarded a six-month sabbatical from University of Idaho Extension. Ken’s sabbatical, “Cooperatives for Idaho Food Systems,” will start in January 2016. His sabbatical plan includes study of food system cooperatives nationally and in Idaho, an internship with the Northwest Cooperative Development Center in Tacoma, overseas development work with cooperatives through US AID, work with north Idaho cooperative ventures, and time to write a U of I publication on cooperative organization, development and operation in Idaho and the Pacific Northwest.

He will return to his regular job assignment in July 2016.



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