Lincoln, Neb. —John Porter, Nebraska Extension Educator, received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agriculture Agents during the 2020 Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference.
Porter was one of several honorees who represent the top 2 percent of the membership selected by their peers and the director of Extension. He is the Nebraska Extension urban agriculture educator in the Omaha metro area and previously worked as a West Virginia University Extension county agent.
His primary area of focus is urban agriculture, including urban farms, community gardens, home food production and urban food systems.
Porter has served as the NACAA Sustainable Agriculture national chair/regional vice-chair, is a Sustainable Agricultural Research and Development (SARE) Fellow and has won numerous communications and Search For Excellence awards. Porter has led/co-led the development of a successful multi-agency urban agriculture conference in West Virginia, food system summits, and programs impacting refugees and other underserved communities, home growers and commercial producers.