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Michael T. Scuse presents the 2020 Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service to Agriculture to Richard Barczewski Photo courtesy of Delaware Department of Agriculture
DISTINGUISHED LEADER: Michael T. Scuse (left), Delaware ag secretary, presents the 2020 Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service to Agriculture to Richard Barczewski, a former department head at Delaware State University.

Delaware honors retired ag educator for 35 years of service

Richard Barczewski received the 2020 Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service to Agriculture in Delaware.

Richard Barczewski, a longtime department chairman at Delaware State University, was awarded the 2020 Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service to Delaware Agriculture at the recent Delaware Agricultural Industry Dinner.

With 35 years of dedicated service, Barczewski was recognized for developing Delaware’s agricultural industry through educating generations of agriculturalists, promoting animal agriculture, and service to agricultural organizations including 4-H and FFA.

As a longtime attendee of the Delaware Agricultural Industry Dinner and an active member of the Delaware Council of Farm Organizations, Barczewski is known for his mentorship to farmers and students, and as a resource to those in government and industry.

“The love for agriculture that my father instilled in me basically led me to the choice of my career,” he said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better career, a better job and a better group of people to work with.”

Barczewski began his career as the state livestock Extension specialist with University of Delaware. After 10 years, he accepted a position with Delaware State University as a faculty member and shortly after was named chairman of the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Barczewski retired from his post with the university Jan. 1.

“Land-grant institutions play an important role in agriculture, from educating future agriculturalists to conducting research that will make great strides in helping us feed the world’s growing population to transferring that knowledge through hands-on outreach to our farmers, citizens throughout the state of Delaware, and inspiring young people through 4-H,” says Delaware Ag Secretary Michael Scuse.

More than 400 people attended the 49th Delaware Agricultural Industry Dinner, including farmers, business leaders and elected officials. The event is sponsored by the Delaware Council of Farm Organizations.

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