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Mayer Named 2018 Friend of Extension


January 25, 2018

Photo courtesy of Jayne Butts

From left: Lana Anderson, Jayne Butts, Mark Mayer, Ellen Andrews, and Victoria Solomon. Mayer was presented with the 2018 Friend of Extension award in November.

Mark Mayer, longtime Green County UW-Extension Agriculture Agent, was presented with the 2018 Friend of Extension award at the Green County Board Meeting held on November 14, 2017. Presented annually, this award was started in 1990 by the Green County University of Wisconsin-Extension office to recognize individuals that have provided outstanding support towards conducting UW-Extension educational programs in the county. Mayer received a standing ovation from County Board members upon presentation of the award.

Mayer was recognized for his 32+ years of continued service in the county and for going above and beyond the call of duty for the UW-Extension office in educational and research programs including Community Resource Development, Family Living & Nutrition, 4-H Youth Development, and most of all Agriculture and Natural Resources. Mayer has consistently exemplified the Wisconsin Idea by bringing UW resources to Green County to help solve problems, improve health, quality of life, the environment, and agriculture for all.

Throughout the County, Mayer has been instrumental in hosting numerous Crop & Weed Workshops, Dairy Modernization Seminars, Pesticide Applicator Trainings, and Livestock Trainings. He has coordinated many events for the Green County Fair, WI State Fair, and Green County Dairy Days; Mayer also successfully coordinated the Farm Technology Days, held in Green County in 2007.

"Mayer is the top county agricultural agent in the area of "Dairy Modernization" in the state of Wisconsin," said Dr. Dave Kammel, UW-Madison Biological Systems Engineering Professor. "He has a long history of educational programming in Green County and the surrounding area. Mark has organized tours on over 70 dairy farms (out of 260 in Green County), that modernized their operations over the course of 15 years. Mayer has developed long term relationships with many dairy farmers that have grown their dairy business and continues to support them as they move forward."

Most recently, Mayer was instrumental in partnering with Revolution Plastics to establish Ag Plastics Recycling in Green County and expanding it throughout Wisconsin. Green County served as the initial pilot program, implementing on-the-farm dumpsters to collect Ag Plastics for recycling into garbage bags. In Wisconsin, this program saves over 350,000 pounds of plastic from being burned or landfilled each year. Ag Plastic recycling has now expanded throughout most of Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota.

Mayer is well respected in the state by his fellow colleagues, including his Green County colleagues Ellen Andrews, 4-H Youth Development Educator, and Victoria Solomon, Community Resource Development Educator.

"Mark's work has had so many positive impacts in Green County. He's built a strong legacy and has been a great colleague and mentor," said Solomon. Andrews further contributed, "Mark's leadership and guidance has been extremely important to us as new educators in the county-I can't thank him enough."


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