Robert Devin, agricultural agent with the Texas Agricultural Extension Service in Randall County, recently received one of the top honors bestowed on faculty within the Texas A&M University System Agriculture Program.

Devin was recognized with the County Agent Award in Excellence for Agriculture and Natural Resources by A&M Vice Chancellor Edward A. Hiler at ceremonies held during the annual agricultural program faculty conference.

The agent was cited for his exemplary work with agriculture and youth programs in the Texas Panhandle. He helped pioneer the concept for the Workforce 2000 program, which partners community business leaders and the public schools to motivate at-risk youth to graduate and pursue careers. Devin is looked to by agricultural producers, industry and commodity association leaders as a top resource of information involving livestock, crops and other agricultural enterprises. He was recognized for his service as a mentor for many new agents and specialists within the organization.

"He has been instrumental in bringing some of our best master training and volunteer education programs, such as AgriFood Masters and Master Gardeners among others to the Panhandle," said Dr. Bob Robinson, Extension's district director for county agriculture programs in Amarillo. Devin was also praised by Texas A&M officials as "a great public servant who brings enormous credibility and validity to the Extension Service."

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