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The Department of Agriculture and Marketing today announced that
James Neary, an agricultural representative in Nappan, is the
1997 recipient of the C.A. Douglas Award.

The award is presented annually to department staff involved in
agricultural extension work in Nova Scotia for a single
achievement or lifetime dedication. The award provides funding to
the recipient for a self-improvement project or special program
to further the development of extension services in Nova Scotia.

The award was established in 1984 in memory of Charles A. Douglas
for his outstanding contribution to agriculture throughout his
long career with the department as an extension educator.

Mr. Neary, a native of Truro, graduated from the Nova Scotia
Agricultural College before attending the University of Guelph,
Ont., where he received a B.Sc. (Agr.) in crop science in 1978. 
Since graduating, he has worked providing extension services
through the department as an assistant agricultural
representative, and as agricultural representative in
Halifax-East Hants, Cumberland and Pictou counties.

During his career, Mr. Neary has worked closely with farmers to
assist them in adopting new technologies and to improve their
management skills. He has also been involved in the development
and delivery of the Agriculture and Environment Program and has
been a strong promoter of agricultural awareness in Cumberland
County through the Agriculture in the Classroom Program.

He is currently enrolled in a master of education program and
plans to use the award to help with fees and other associated


Contact: George MacKenzie
         Agriculture and Marketing

ngr                   August 20, 1997 - 9:35 am