NCR-SARE announces the 2015 “NCR-SARE Hero” Recognition, Honors Jerry DeWitt and George Bird
NCR-SARE is pleased to announce that George Bird of East Lansing, Michigan and Jerry DeWitt of Holly Springs, North Carolina are being honored as 2015 “NCR-SARE Heroes.”
Coordinated by the NCR-SARE Alumni Organization, this recognition honors the leadership, vision, contributions, and impact that these heroes have made in the field of sustainable agriculture in the north central region. The NCR-SARE Hero Award recognizes individuals who 1) have provided service to NCR-SARE, sustainability, and/or national SARE, 2) have shown leadership in sustainable agriculture locally and regionally, and 3) have made lasting impacts to sustainability in the North Central region.
George Bird is a Professor in the Department of Entomology at Michigan State University. A native of New England, Bird spent time much of his childhood on a poultry-dairy farm in southeastern Vermont and as a teenager, managed a commercial orchard in western Massachusetts. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Rutgers University (1961, 1963) and a Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1966. Prior to starting his position with Michigan State University in 1973, Bird served as a Research Scientist with Agriculture Canada and was a faculty member at the University of Georgia. From 1991-1993, he served as National Director of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program. For 19 years, Bird served on the Board of Directors of the Rodale Institute. He co-edited the 2006 book, Developing and Extending Sustainable Agriculture: A New Social Contract. Currently, Bird participates in the Central Asia Integrated Pest Management - Collaborative Research Support Program (IPM-CRS) and the Borlaug Fellowship Program.
Jerry DeWitt is a Professor Emeritus of Entomology at Iowa State University. During his 38-year tenure with ISU, he served as an associate dean, assistant extension director and director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. He has served as interim national program leader for the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program three times, as well as serving as the project coordinator/state coordinator for SARE's Professional Development Program within Iowa for 15 years. He currently resides in North Carolina and is involved in local and organic agriculture with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association where he serves as Board President. He also is involved with Slow Money NC, which supports local North Carolina entrepreneurs with targeted low-interest loans. DeWitt is an avid photographer of local, sustainable and organic agriculture nationwide. His images have appeared in many books, publications, and websites devoted to America’s agriculture.
Nominations for the NCR-SARE Hero Award may be submitted by anyone. An official nomination form is available here. The NCR-SARE Alumni Heroes Committee will review and recommend candidates to the NCR-SARE Administrative Council. Applications received will be maintained on file NCR-SARE and maintained for consideration in additional years.