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Mueller, Boylan receive sustainable agriculture awards

Dr. Paul Mueller and Richard Boylan of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences were among honorees when the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) named its annual sustainable agriculture award recipients. The awards were announced this past December at a gathering of more than 500 sustainable agriculture advocates and farmers for the 24th annual CFSA conference in Black Mountain. These institutions and individuals have shown service and helped grow the sustainable food movement in North Carolina and South Carolina into one of the most significant trends in the Carolinas.

Mueller, CALS professor of crop science and coordinator for the Farming Systems Research Unit at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, received the CFSA Career Achievement Award. In honoring him, the association noted that he “has devoted his career to agricultural extension, research, and teaching programs at North Carolina State University. … He has been instrumental in applied grassland farming research and has helped to create agricultural systems that integrate crops and livestock.”

Said Roland McReynolds, CFSA executive director, “Paul is the vision behind so much that has happened to make sustainable farming viable in North Carolina. Long before it was popular, he stood up for ecological farming and steered the university down a better path of research and community outreach."

Boylan, Cooperative Extension agent for Ashe and Watauga counties, was honored as North Carolina Cooperative Extension Agent of the Year. CFSA cited him as “a strong and passionate proponent of sustainable agriculture, [who] helped jump start the area's organic farm marketing cooperative, New River Organic Growers. He has helped local farmers adapt organic farming practices to the climate and soil conditions of the region and sell their products to consumers across the state.”

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association is a 26-year-old non-profit network of over 1,200 members that promotes local organic agriculture in the Carolinas by inspiring, educating and organizing farmers and consumers. Its vision is the creation of a regional food system in the Carolinas that is good for farmers, good for consumers and good for the land. To learn more, visit