Bill Ekstrom, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension agent in Rio Blanco County, was recognized with the Cooperative Extension Mid-Career Service Award at the organization’s annual awards ceremony on Dec. 9 in Fort Collins.
The Mid-Career Service Award is given each year by Epsilon Sigma Phi, the professional fraternity for Cooperative Extension, to professionals who have served the Colorado State organization exceptionally well for 10 to 20 years. Recipients of the award exhibit continuing leadership and excellence in program planning, delivery and evaluation.
Ekstrom has served as a 4-H and agriculture extension agent in Rio Blanco County since 1987, and he became director of the Rio Blanco County Cooperative Extension office in 1988.
Ekstrom’s notable leadership within the organization includes securing more than $160,000 in grants and gifts for Rio Blanco County projects and his educational work in livestock and range management, weed management, and with 4-H livestock members.
Prior to this recognition, Ekstrom has received the Distinguished Service Award from the Colorado County Agents Association and has been recognized on the state and regional level for his teamwork by the Epsilon Sigma Phi. He is active in numerous organizations and serves on multiple boards such as the State Fair Task Force. He serves as superintendent of the state fair 4-H horse show, is certified as a commercial pesticide supervisor and noxious weed-free forage inspector.
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