The Agriculture Council of America has named Dennis Pennington, Michigan State University Extension, the Charles Eastin Award Recipient for 2015.
The Eastin 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 18, 2015.
Pennington assists with initiatives throughout the year with several organizations including Michigan State University, Barry County Farm Bureau, Hill N Dale 4-H club and Hastings FFA Alumni. His involvement and advocacy also extends even beyond these organizations as he has a passion for spreading agriculture awareness.
He has helped the general public learn about agriculture through educational efforts at the Fair, Ag Awareness Day and online informative videos. Pennington has worked with Hastings FFA students to create local agriculture fact videos that went viral on Facebook and YouTube with thousands of views.
The Charles Eastin Award was previously awarded by the National Farm City Council. In 2013, the Agriculture Council of America assumed the assets and selected programs of the National Farm-City Council.