Joe Kemble (left), vegetable handbook senior editor, accepts the Blue Ribbon Communication Award.
Joe Kemble (left), vegetable handbook senior editor, accepts the Blue Ribbon Communication Award.

The 2011 Southeastern U.S. Vegetable Crop Handbook, produced by Extension specialists, university researchers and Vance Publishing, recently received the national Extension Blue Ribbon Communication Award.

Joe Kemble, a horticulture specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the handbook's senior editor, accepted the award at the Southern Region of the American Society for Horticultural Science meeting in Birmingham, according to a news release.

"It is an honor for the 12th edition to win the Blue Ribbon Communication Award," Kemble said in the release.

More than 50 scientists from 10 Southeastern land-grant universities contributed to the effort.

The handbook is published by Vance Publishing, the parent company of The Grower and Citrus + Vegetable Magazine.

You can download the 2012 handbook free by clicking here.