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2016 Charles Eastin Outstanding Service Award
Christina O’Brien Named Charles Eastin Award Recipient
OVERLAND PARK, KS. – February 17, 2016 – The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) has named Christina O’Brien, Norz Hill Farm, Bridgewater, NJ, the Charles Eastin Award Recipient for 2016. This award honors an individual who stands out as an advocate for accurate communications between rural and urban audiences. The award will be presented at the Celebration of Agriculture Dinner held at USDA in Washington, D.C. on National Ag Day, March 15, 2016.
O’Brien is involved with many organizations and she spreads the message of agriculture through education. During her time as a 4-H leader, she ran a workshop for "Science-sational day,” bringing in baby livestock and educating kids, grades 1-3. She also ran a workshop in 2014 on making healthy dog biscuits using ingredients straight from the farm. Through her farm, Norz Hill, she has planned field days teaching kids how to care for livestock. She also serves as junior advisor to the New Jersey Holstein Association and works with other advisors to plan competitions that will help children, such as: quiz bowl, speeches, and trifolds/research. She has initiated a lease program for the Garden State Sheep Breeders and currently leases out her Oxford sheep to four inner city girls, ages 8-13. As the 2010 County Dairy Princess, she planned and coordinated an event at the local YMCA that featured agriculture questions, prizes, milk and cheese, as well as healthy recipes for a well-balanced diet.
National Ag Day is organized by the Agriculture Council of America and celebrated in classrooms and communities across the country. Founded in 1973, ACA is a nonprofit organization composed of leaders in the agricultural, food and fiber community, dedicating its efforts to increasing the public's awareness of agriculture's role in modern society. For more information about National Ag Day visit www.agday.org.