The Shirley Brooks Jones Award was granted to Brad Bergefurd
March 1990 - B.S., The Ohio State University, Agriculture (Specialization: Horticulture)
August 2011 - M.S. Agriculture, The Ohio State University, Human and Community Resource Development
Brad Bergefurd has been an Extension educator and horticulturist at the OSU South Centers in Piketon since 1992. The Shirley Brooks Jones Award is given to one who promotes the college's core values and goals. The college's core values are discovery, life-long learning, science-based knowledge, academic freedom, civility, professionalism, and diversity. The college's goal is to be the standard of excellence for colleges of agricultural and environmental sciences.
Brad's outreach to the Amish and Mennonite communities has been instrumental to their success and sustainability.
Brad's outreach to the Amish and Mennonite communities has been instrumental to their success and sustainability as specialty crop producers. By facilitating brainstorming sessions and providing education and guidance to acquire the appropriate supplies and permits, the Bainbridge Produce Auction was formed. Today, over 1,000 registered buyers and producers participate in the Bainbridge Produce Auction. Brad continues to support and assist these growers by providing education and business guidance and is well respected among this niche group of Ohio growers.
Brad is often invited by outside organizations to teach on their behalf due to his in-depth knowledge of horticulture practices. These groups include the Ohio Pawpaw Growers Association, The Ohio Beekeepers Association, The Negev Foundation, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA, and others.
Brad’s outstanding performance has earned him three regional achievement awards from the Ohio Association of Extension Professionals -- in 2006, 2007, and 2008. He also received the Outstanding Young Careerist Award from the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science in 1996. Brad oversees several research projects conducted at the OSU South Centers. Many of these projects have focused on increasing yields and decreasing costs to farmers and have been adapted on many farms in the state. Our congratulations to Brad!
Promoting core values: Brad Bergefurd, second from right, winner of CFAES's 2011 Shirley Brooks Jones Award, with, from left, CFAES Dean Bobby Moser, OARDC Director Steve Slack, and OSU Extension Director Keith Smith.