Extension Agent Dan Picard receives Distinguished Service award

17_dan-picardTERRIFIC AWARD  — Pondera County Extension Agent Dan Picard and his wife Marliss show the special Distinguished Service award he received at the National Association of County Ag Agents 96th annual meeting held recently in Overland, Kan.  Photo courtesy of the PC Extension Office



On Aug. 11, Pondera County Extension agent Dan Picard received the Distinguished Service Award at the National Association of County Agricultural Agents 96th Annual Meeting in Overland Park, Kan.

Picard has served as the MSU Pondera County Extension Agent in Conrad since 2006.

He was raised on a dry land farm north of Bainville. He received his BS degree in Ag Science-Crop Science from MSU-Bozeman in 1970.  Picard served as Extension Agent in Cascade County for three months training and in Blaine County from 1970-1981.

While serving in Blaine County he received the MACCA Agent of the Year award. He managed a farm in North Central Montana from 1981-2006.


Picard serves a wide range of constituents – farmers, ranchers, gardeners, young agricultural entrepreneurs, county planners, recyclers, shooting sports enthusiasts, rural and urban landowners battling noxious weeds, and many more.


He participates in several research projects vital to farmers in this area, like saw fly and wire worm management.

His experience, dedication, and determination to serve his county well is reflected in meaningful programming that makes a positive difference in people’s lives – from the producers who gained $1.8 million dollars in the ACRE program to the 13-year-old who purchased his first cows with his assistance.

Picard is presently serves as the District 3 representative on the Private Applicator Advisory Board and also serves on the Montana Extension Advisory Committee.

Dan and his wife Marliss have three children and five grandchildren. He credits much of his success to the support and guidance from his wife and partner, Marliss.