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Young Farmers selected as states best
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LEXINGTON, Ky.—Effingham County Young Farmers Program in Springfield has been selected as the 2010 Georgia Outstanding Postsecondary/Adult Agricultural Education Program. Dr. Freddie C. Waltz serves as instructor for the program. 
This award, given by the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), recognizes the nation’s most successful agricultural education programs by highlighting the local programs and teachers that achieve success. Winners are educators who have developed an outstanding agricultural education program at either the postsecondary or adult education level. Applicants are judged on a variety of criteria, including teaching philosophy, effective classroom and experiential instruction, development of partnerships, and professional growth.
Effingham County Young Farmers Program will compete against Outstanding Postsecondary/Adult Ag Ed Program Award winners from surrounding states for the opportunity to be named the 2010 NAAE Outstanding Postsecondary/Adult Ag Ed Program for Region V. Regional winners will receive personal use of a Toyota Tundra pickup truck for two years, an expense paid trip to attend the 2010 NAAE convention in Las Vegas, and an invitation to a special awards dinner.  
The NAAE Outstanding Postsecondary/Adult Ag Ed Program Award is sponsored by Toyota as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.  
NAAE is the professional association for agricultural educators. The mission of NAAE is “professionals providing agricultural education for the global community through visionary leadership, advocacy and service.”