Michael Wheeler has received the 2017 Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agriculture Agents during the group’s annual meeting and Professional Improvement Conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah.
This award is given to agents with more than 10 years of service in Cooperative Extension and who have exhibited excellence in the field of extension education. This award is presented to 2 percent of the County Extension educators in Georgia each year.
Wheeler has incorporated integrated pest management concepts with the apple industry of North Georgia and also with traditional farmers. By incorporating these pest management principles, producers have been able to significantly manage for pests and save money in their orchards and fields.
He also manages an active Master Gardener program of 200 volunteers.