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Missouri Farm Bureau Federation Outstanding 4H Youth Specialist Award


The Missouri Farm Bureau Federation Outstanding Specialist 4-H Award recognizes outstanding performance by a 4-H youth faculty member. Individuals must be nominated jointly by the county Farm Bureau board and the county extension council.


A representative of the Missouri Farm Bureau Federation presents a symbol of recognition to the recipient.


Regional extension 4-H youth development specialists who have demonstrated outstanding programming for youths and families during the past 18 months and are nominated by the county extension council and the county Farm Bureau board are eligible.  You may only receive this award once.


Nominees are evaluated on:

  • Recognized competence in the field of 4-H youth development.
  • Knowledgeable of the county educational program needs.
  • Demonstrated leadership and ability to develop and deliver high-quality educational programs for youths and families.
  • Effectiveness in establishing relationships with the county extension council, county commission, local legislators, county Farm Bureau, agency personnel and community and civic groups.

Nominations and selection

Back for 2018 . . . A fully electronic and simplified award process!!  Please click the link located in the submission section  to name your nominee for this award.  Nominations will open on June 1 and are accepted through July 13.  Nominators will be directed through a simple form consisting of brief text fields, drop-down selection boxes, and a single 500 character (or less) description of why your nominee is deserving of the award.  An individual award nomination involves only 7 brief fields or clicks, and a team award nomination involves only 12 fields or clicks.  Note:  Nominator name and contact information are not required fields; you may nominate anonymously or self-nominate.

After submission of the nomination form, the nominee will be contacted in early July to complete an electronic application form.  Many fields on the application form will auto-populate from the nomination information.  The nominee may edit this information and/or complete a single narrative (limit 750 characters) describing their work.  A current CV (for faculty awards) is the only requirement with no adaptation necessary to relate to the award. An easy checkbox page will allow the applicant to select the required references, with an option to list two additional references.  Applications from nominees are accepted through August 15.

Following the application submission, the references will be contacted in August to complete one checkbox and a single limited text field to support the nomination.  So simple!

If you have questions regarding this process, please contact Tiffany McMichael at (573) 882-2394 or  For award-specific questions, please email

Nominations are reviewed by the Fellowship and Awards Committee appointed by the vice chancellor for extension and engagement. The committee — composed of representatives of UMEA, Epsilon Sigma Phi, the University of Missouri campuses and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Extension and Engagement — makes recommendations to the vice chancellor, who makes the final selection.


Click here to submit your nominations:

For award questions, please email:

Award location

Award will be presented at annual conference or its equivalent (Galaxy).

Award recipients


2017 Willa Louise Williams
2016 Annette E. Deering
2014 Rhonda M. Shafer
2013 Patricia Ann Fisher
2012 Velynda Jo Cameron
2011 Jeremy J. Elliott-Engel
2010 Nancy Elkins Mense
2009 Donald Jay Nicholson
2008 Mary Anne Patten
2005 Donna Marie Taake