Extension agent receives statewide award
Row crops and farm technologies weren't the only ones recognized during the 2011 Victoria County Crops tour. Its organizer was, too.
Victoria County Extension Agent Joseph D. Janak Jr. received the 2011 Award for Distinguished Achievement for County Extension Agent-Agriculture. He was presented the award during the June 16 tour.
Janak created and delivered a variety of programs to increase agricultural profitability, improve landscape and garden practices and help youth develop, according to a Texas Extension Specialists Association news release.
His work includes helping implement the local Master Gardener program, developing the South Texas Farm and Ranch Show and leading in the creation of the Victoria County 4-H Activity Center.
Janak worked with other extension specialists to develop and implement a scouting program and prediction model for pecan nut casebearers. The program is now used statewide.
Many people acknowledge the annual crops tour Janak conducts as the best in the world, according to the release.
"His attention to detail, planning involvement of the local communities and extension specialists, and value to the agricultural industry is unmatched," the news release said, quoting Janak's nomination form.
Throughout his career, Janak has conducted more than 650 research and crop variety demonstrations on forage grasses, legumes, corn, sorghum and more. He has been an extension agent in Victoria County since 1983.