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Adriane Good, MSU Extension Pondera County Agriculture Agent, presents Dan Picard with the Epsilon Sigma Phi Retiree Service Award.

Every year Epsilon Sigma Phi, a fraternity for Extension professionals, recognizes those who go above and beyond their job description. Awards are given out every year to Extension faculty and staff in their early careers, mid to late careers, administrative positions, and those who have retired.

This year, the Epsilon Sigma Phi Retiree Service Award was given to Dan Picard. Those who have worked with Dan know just how deserving he is of this award.

Although Dan retired from Extension in 2013, he has remained active in agriculture in the Golden Triangle. He has remained a member of the advisory council to the Western Triangle Ag Research Center and contributed positively to the mission of the research center.

Dan has also continued to provide valuable support to MSU Extension in Pondera County and the surrounding area through attendance at programs and providing a sounding board for new ideas. He has also helped to mitigate pest problems in county managed areas by ensuring that the county knew about the pest in question and that the local MSU Extension office would have the necessary tools to control it.

Dan’s support for the mission of MSU Extension has been clear, even through his retirement. He has become a pillar of the community and provided guidance to many of us in MSU Extension since he left.

His service has been invaluable, and we appreciate all he continues to do for MSU Extension.

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