Horticultural agent's work lauded

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Rebecca L. Jordi, horticultural extension agent for Nassau County and faculty member of the University of Florida, has been lauded for her accomplishments by two organizations.

Jimmy G. Cheek, senior vice president of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, announced that Jordi has been selected for recognition in the category of Academic Personnel. Jordi provides educational programs for both residential and commercial entities in Nassau County and also writes a newspaper column, Garden Talk.

She was one of the honorees at a reception for 23 IFAS faculty and staff that received this coveted honor, held at the University of Florida's Grand Ballroom in the J. Wayne Reitz Union.

And in an annual competition sponsored by TruGreen, the Florida Association for County Agriculture Agents awarded Jordi the Search for Excellence in Landscape Horti-culture for the state of Florida.

The award recognizes a NACAA member who has developed and carried out an outstanding extension educational program in horticulture. Jordi's entry detailed the educational programming made possible and conducted at the UF/IFAS Nassau County Demonstration Garden at the James S. Page Governmental Complex in Yulee.

After winning the state competition, Jordi's entry competed at the National Association for County Agriculture Agents and was one of three National Finalists. National Finalists win a monetary award and a certificate recognizing their "Search for Excellence in Landscape Horticulture."

"We are so grateful to be able to provide horticultural educational programming to a wide range of people in Nassau County, including landscape maintenance professionals, 'at-risk' students, individuals with developmental disabilities, newcomers, Nassau County residents, public school students and teachers and homeschoolers. It's an honor to receive national recognition for our efforts," said Jordi of the NACAA recognition.

In 1989, a superior accomplishment awards program was established by the Florida Legislature to recognize excellence in university service. The annual Staff and Faculty Superior Accomplishment Awards Program recognizes superior service this year in the following categories: Aca-demic Personnel, Administra-tive /Professional, Clerical/ Office Support, Support Ser-vices, Scientific/Technical and Administrative/Supervisory.

"I'm grateful that the work we do in Nassau County is appreciated by the community, the county commissioners and the state Legislature," said Jordi of that award. For more information about the Nassau County Extension Service's horticultural programs, visit http://nassau.ifas.ufl.edu/horticulture/horticulture.html, call the office at 548-1116 or contact Jordi at rljordi@ufl.edu.

Story created Jun 23, 2008 - 13:53:11 PDT.


Becky Jordi

Rebecca Jordi receives an award for excellence in service from Dr. Larry Arrington, left, dean for Extension, and Dr. Jimmy G. Cheeks, senior vice president for Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Florida. Submitted