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SDSU Extension's Bauder receives national award

NACAA President Alan Galloway, left, presents Achievement Award to SDSU Extension Agronomy Field Specialist Sara Bauder, center. Assisting with the award presentation is Mr. Bill Viar, right, with American Income Life. Sponsor of the award. (Courtesy photo)

BROOKINGS — The National Association of County Agricultural Agents recognized Sara Bauder, SDSU Extension agronomy field specialist, with the Achievement Award with the Distinguished Service Award during the Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference held in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The award recognizes excellence in the field and are prestigious, as only 2 percent of all SDSU Extension staff in the state receive them. The Achievement Award recognizes Extension staff with service of 10 years or less, and the Distinguished Service Award recognizes Extension staff with service of 10 years or more.

Sara Bauder has been an SDSU Extension Agronomy Field Specialist since 2016. She focuses on general agronomy, cover crops, soils and forages. She has helped organize a new annual soil management grower meeting, a new forage-focused grower meeting, multiple field tours, several farm show booths and many agronomy research projects. She is a member of the Agronomy Society of America, South Dakota Ag and Rural Leadership Alumni and the SD Soil Health Coalition.

Bauder's office is based in Mitchell. She is married and lives on a farm outside of Tyndall.

"I love working with South Dakota farmers who are looking for answers to their problems or simply want to improve their farming operation," explained Bauder. "By working with them, I aim to make their lives easier by doing what I can to offer sound, research-driven advice. I also enjoy meeting new people, and constantly learning more about the ever-changing field of agronomy."