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Stacey McCullough, president, National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals presents Jenny S. Carleo, Rutgers Cooperative Extension agent with the Joint Council of Extension Professionals award for creative excellence at the National Association of County Agricultural Agents Conference in Little Rock, Ark. in July. 

Kevin E. Blayney 816-225-6120

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - Jenny S. Carleo, Rutgers Cooperative Extension agent, was given a national award for her creativity during a July conference with her peers in Little Rock, Ark., according to a statement.

Carleo earned the Joint Council of Extension Professionals award for Creative Excellence, as well as being recognized by the National Association of County Agricultural Agents for excellence in "maintaining personal connections with clients in the age of technology."

The award was presented during at the NACAA Conference.

According to the statement, one area considered during the award process was how agents maintain a personal connection with their clients in the age of technology.

“We must all learn how to keep up with technology, and our demanding positions, while developing business relationships with our clients,” Carleo said. “Through modification of my classroom's dynamic I have been successful in re-connecting with the people I serve.”

Carleo has been the Rutgers Agricultural and Resource Management Agent for Cape May County and a faculty member of Rutgers University since 2006.

Currently, she conducts research on local farms growing small fruits. She has worked extensively in floriculture, ornamentals and vegetable production in the past, and serves as project director for "ultra-niche crops for the progressive, new farmer" a USDA funded project.

The first class in series, plasticulture strawberries, is planned from 5:30-8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28 at Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Strawberries can be grown on raised beds covered in black plastic. For more information, call 609-465-5115, ext. 607.