Dr. Henry W. English, director of the Small Farm Program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, has received the George Washington Carver Public Service Hall of Fame Award. The award is given to individuals affiliated with or who have worked with 1890 land-grant institutions over a career and exemplify the public service philosophy and leadership qualities of Dr. Carver.

Dr. Henry W. English, director of the Small Farm Program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, has received the George Washington Carver Public Service Hall of Fame Award. The award is given to individuals affiliated with or who have worked with 1890 land-grant institutions over a career and exemplify the public service philosophy and leadership qualities of Dr. Carver.

The 2011 award was presented during the 69th Professional Agricultural Workers Conference at Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Ala.

At UAPB, Dr. English works with Socially Disadvantaged Farmers (SDFs) and small farmers in Eastern and Southwest Arkansas. He and the Small Farm Program staff provide training and technical assistance to producers in the areas of crop and livestock production, financial planning, recordkeeping, marketing, using USDA programs and loan application completion. Special emphasis is placed on helping SDFs add alternative enterprises (such as fruits, vegetables, rabbits and goats) to help increase their farm income.

“Throughout his 24-year career as director of the Small Farm Program, Dr. English has submitted more than 40 outreach and research grant proposals to funding agencies,” Dr. James O. Garner Jr., dean/director of 1890 research and Extension programs, said. “Through his efforts, more than $8 million in grant funds to assist the 500 plus minority small farmers in Arkansas has been obtained.”

The grants included $900,000 in risk management funds so that women and other undeserved farmers would understand and use crop insurance and the Noninsured Assistance Program as tools to help manage production risk.

Approximately $55,000 in grant funds from Monsanto Company was used to establish cotton, soybean and vegetable technology demonstrations to strengthen the relationship between Monsanto and the 1890 institutions. The grant was also designed to improve the adoption of new technology by small and socially disadvantaged farmers and to establish Monsanto and its subsidiaries as potential employers of 1890 graduates.

Dr. English is the recipient of many awards including the Outstanding Service Award, Arkansas Chapter of the Black Farmers and Agriculturalist Association; Community Service Awards from Arkansas Land and Farm Development Corporation; the Golden Eagle Award from Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS); and a Service Award from USDA for extraordinary service rendered in providing outreach, training and technical assistance to small and minority farmers in Arkansas.

He serves on the state technical committee for NRCS, the Jefferson County Conservation District and USDA’s Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers.

His publications have covered such topics as commercial fresh market Southern pea production, commercial okra production, Bermuda grass, soybeans and risk management.

Under Dr. English’s leadership, the Small Farm Program has produced three African American County Farmers of the Year, and two African American National Small Farmers of the Year.

“The impact of the Small Farm Program is far reaching,” Dr. Irene K. Lee, associate Extension administrator at UAPB, said. “Dr. English embodies the philosophy of Dr. Carver and he is most deserving of this award.” Dr. Lee nominated Dr. English for the award.

“This program has helped farmers achieve a comfortable living and they, in turn, have contributed significantly to their communities. It has helped them to educate their children and to provide a better quality of life for their families,” she said. “Approximately 50 socially disadvantaged producers have been able to maintain their farms by working with this program.”

Dr. English is the sixth University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff recipient of the George Washington Carver Public Service Hall of Fame Award. Dr. Sellars J. Parker, dean/director, School of Agriculture, Home Economics and Industrial Technology, was the first person to receive the award in 1984. Other recipients from the university are Dr. Owen A. Porter, professor-agronomy (1990); James E. Tatum, UAPB graduate and now retired from NRCS; Pearlie Reed, UAPB graduate and now USDA’s assistant secretary for administration (1998); and Mrs. Jimmie Lee Edwards, Extension home improvement specialist (1998).