Pennsylvanian Paul Craig, Takes the Reins of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents

The Pennsylvania Association of Agricultural Agents are very proud to have Paul Craig, one of their own, serving as the NACAA President. He comes from a long line of Pennsylvanians that have served the national association; Bill Kelly in 1993, Leslie Firth in 1981, Joseph Thurston in 1965, R.H. McDougall in 1957, and Rex Carter in 1950.

Paul Craig (far right) was sworn into office as President of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents at the 2012 AM/PIC in South Carolina on July 18th by NACAA past president Stan Moore (center) and NACAA President Paul Wigley.

Paul Craig (far right) was sworn into office as President of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents at the 2012 AM/PIC in South Carolina on July 18th by NACAA past president Stan Moore (center) and NACAA President Paul Wigley.

Paul Craig was sworn into office as President of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents at the 2012 AM/PIC in South Carolina on July 18th. 

Below, in his words, is a brief history of his career with Penn State Extension and his belief in giving back to the association.

I began my Extension career in SW PA in December 1979 as a 4-H/Agriculture agent. With my first paycheck I was encouraged to join the PA Association of County Agricultural Agents. I transferred to NE PA after two years and became the only county agent in Monroe County. During this time I continued my activities in the state association. In 1988 my family and I transferred again to South Central PA where I presently serve as a regional forage agronomist.

Why I Seek The Office of President–Elect:

Since my earliest days as a county agent I have always felt a special relationship with my coworkers and peers in Cooperative Extension.   I found myself seeking out my professional association for professional improvement and for the personal friendships that I developed at regional, state and national events. At the AM/PIC meeting in Nashville, TN I listened to a professional development speaker address “The Attitude of Servitude.” This attitude has served throughout my Extension career and is one of the primary reasons why I seek to serve my county agent associates across the United States in a national leadership role.

 

Paul has been an asset to his fellow educators and the local (PACAA) and national association (NACAA).  Below is a brief outline of his contributions over the years.


NACAA:

· 2010-11 NACAA Vice President

· 2006-09 NACAA NE Regional Director & Vice Director

 

· NACAA Distinguished Service Award, 1997

 

· 2007 NACAA National Winner for Search for Excellence Program—Bunker Silo Management Program, 2007

 

· 2007 NACAA AM/PIC Agronomy Seminar: “Trends in Bunker Silo Densities - On-Farm Studies in South Central Pennsylvania”

 

· National Agronomy/Pest Management

       Committee Chair, 2002

 

· Attended 14 NACAA AM/PIC’s
   

PACAA:

· PACAA President, 2002

· President-Elect, 2001

· Vice President, 2000

· PACAA Capital Region Director, 1994-1996

· Member since 1980

Education:

· B.S. Agronomy, The Pennsylvania State University, 1979

· M.S. Agronomy, The Pennsylvania State University, 1987

· Certified Crop Advisor, 1999-present

International Experience:

· Served as forage crop production and harvest management advisor with WinRock International Farmer to Farmer Program—Kazakhstan, 2006

Membership in Professional Organizations:

· NACAA

· PACAA

· American Forage and Grassland Council

· Pennsylvania Agronomic Education Society