Karl J. Czymmek, a Senior Extension Associate at Cornell University, was named the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) “Partner of the Year” during ceremonies recently held in Owego, N.Y. The annual award is presented to a member of a cooperating agency or private enterprise in recognition of exceptional contributions to federal conservation programs administered by NRCS.Czymmek was selected NRCS Partner of the Year for his leading role in developing methods that help NRCS environmental experts reduce the risk of adverse impacts and pollution from agricultural production to the surrounding communities. Czymmek was also cited for establishing a highly respected reputation as an environmental educator throughout NRCS and other federal and state agencies, along with commercial environmental consultants from the private sector.“It is a great honor for me to receive this award from New York NRCS,” Czymmek said. “The partnership between NRCS and Cornell University is very productive, linking the scientific knowledge base at Cornell with the conservation expertise of NRCS. Through this strong collaboration we’re developing improved tools for environmental risk assessment and nutrient management planning on dairy and livestock farms throughout New York. I look forward to continuing this fantastic partnership of promoting environmentally sound and economically viable farm practices that will benefit New York’s farmers and communities for many years to come.”Czymmek administers Cornell University’s PRO-DAIRY program in the Department of Animal Science. He is an attorney with degrees from Alfred State College, Cornell University and the University of Buffalo School of Law. Prior to his tenure at Cornell University, Czymmek served as a crop consultant throughout western New York.