Dr. Julia M. Smith received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agriculture Agents during the 2013 Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference held in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Julia M. Smith was one of several honorees who represent the top two percent of the membership selected by their peers and the Director of Extension. The following represents the awardee's recognition citation:
An Extension Dairy Specialist with statewide responsibilities since 2002, she is recognized as an expert in dairy biosecurity and animal disease emergency management issues. Julie joined the Extension Disaster Education Network’s agrosecurity team at its inception in 2005 and is currently its chair. She has facilitated many agrosecurity trainings in Vermont and helped establish Vermont’s Animal Agriculture Alert Network. Julie manages websites on biosecurity, Johne’s disease, and disaster issues, and also contributes to eXtension.