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Dr. Deanna Smith is CropLife Ambassador of the Year

The Mid America CropLife Association (MACA) has named Dr. Deanna Smith, MFA Crop Protection marketing specialist, as Ambassador of the Year. She received her award during MACA’s virtual annual meeting Sept. 8-10.

The Ambassador of the Year Award was first presented in 1993. It is designed to recognize an ambassador for his or her efforts in promoting the crop protection industry through presentations to students or consumers. Smith shares the award this year with Bayer’s Brian “Mac” McDaniel, who was named a co-recipient.

Smith said she developed a love for agriculture in high school FFA, prompting her to further her education in the field. She attended the University of Missouri, where she earned a bache­lor of science in plant genetics, master of science in agriculture education and doctor of philosophy in plant science.

In 2015, she joined MFA Incorporated in the Crop Protection Division. She became a member of the CropLife Ambassador Network in 2017 and was elected to the MACA board of directors at its recent annual meeting. As an ambassador, Smith has made 22 presentations to nearly 650 students, reaching 353 students during the 2019-2020 school year alone.

“One day in St. Louis, I made the same presentation seven times to kindergartners,” Smith said. “I love the opportunity to explain the importance of agriculture.”

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