Ronald A. Brown of Starkville, Miss., recently earned national recognition for his career of service to agriculture and Extension programming.

Brown, the executive director of the Association of Southern Region Extension Directors, recently was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service. The CSREES is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's agency that administers the Extension Service system nationally.

The Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have worked in activities exemplifying CSREES' efforts to promote excellence in research, education and Extension on local, regional, national or international levels.

Brown works with Cooperative Extension Service directors in 13 Southern states to promote efficiency and effectiveness by expanding multistate Extension programs through electronic technology and the sharing of resources.

Brown was a driving force and supporter for Extension, an educational partnership of more than 70 universities.

He served as Mississippi State University's Extension Service director from 1996 to 2001.