Karisha Devlin, ag business extension field specialist in Knox County, was recently selected to receive the Distinguished Service Award from the Missouri Agricultural Extension Professionals group and the National Association of County Agricultural Agents. The purpose of the Distinguished Service Award program is to encourage and recognize excellence in the field of professional Extension for members with more than 10 years of service.
Jon Simonsen, agricultural education and leadership associate professor, director of graduate studies and department chair, was recently named to the ALOT (Agricultural Leadership of Tomorrow) Class XVIII. ALOT is a two-year adult leadership training program targeted to Missouri’s rural leaders and agricultural producers. Access further information about the ALOT program at missourialot.org.
During the recent Missouri Livestock Symposium, Duane Dailey, Extension writer and professor emeritus of Extension education, received the 2018 Agriculture Education Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize his excellence and dedication to agriculture education. Read more about Dailey and this honor at extension2.missouri.edu/news/dailey-receives-symposium-s-lifetime-achievement-award-3772
Colleen Abbott, professional development specialist in the agricultural education and leadership program, received an Honorary American FFA Degree at this fall’s National FFA Convention. Honorary American FFA Degree recipients are those who have excelled as agricultural education teachers or those who have served the agriculture industry, agricultural education efforts or FFA programs on a national scale. More information about the award is available at ffa.org/participate/awards/honorary-awards.
Ken Schneeberger, director of CAFNR International Programs, received the CAFNR Proud Award at the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Novemberfest event, Friday, Nov. 16. The award recognizes Schneeberger’s 50 years of service to CAFNR and the University of Missouri. He joined Mizzou in 1968, after finishing his Ph.D. in production economics and agribusiness management at Oklahoma State University. He is a professor emeritus of agricultural economics, and also served as director of CAFNR’s Farms and Centers for 10 years. He has been a mentor to many students, and received the CAFNR Teacher of the Year Award in 1979. Schneeberger also received the college’s Frederick B. Mumford Outstanding Faculty Award in 2003. He has been a co-principal investigator on grants totaling more than $9 million.
Maria Haag, doctoral student in animal sciences, has been selected as the Doctoral Student Marshal for the 2018 December Commencement Ceremony at Mizzou by the Office of Graduate Studies. Haag was selected, along with an Educational Specialist Marshal and a Master’s Marshal, based on academic performance and contributions to MU and the campus community. These students will be honored with a marshal sash, will be recognized in the commencement bulletin and will be the first of those degree candidates to receive their degree during the commencement ceremony. Haag will be hooded by her faculty advisor, Bill Lamberson, director of the Division of Animal Sciences. Commencement ceremonies for the Office of Graduate Studies will be held at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, in the Hearnes Center.
Nichole Smith, administrative assistant in the School of Natural Resources Office of Academic Programs, received the CAFNR Staff Advisory Council Above and Beyond Award in recognition of her contributions to delivery of student services. She was nominated by Keith Goyne, associate director of the School of Natural Resources. Smith is pictured on the left here, with Jenna Fusinatto of CAFNR Staff Council, and Goyne.
Carol Swaim, agricultural education and leadership program administrative assistant, received the CAFNR Staff Advisory Council Above and Beyond Award in recognition of her exceptional service, flexibility and mentorship of undergraduate student workers. She was nominated by Jon Simonsen, associate professor and department chair, agricultural education and leadership. Swaim is pictured in the middle here, with Simonsen and Jenna Fusinatto of CAFNR Staff Advisory Council.
Pat Westhoff has been named as the newest holder of the Howard Cowden Professorship. Dr. Westhoff is a professor of agricultural and applied economics, and the director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at MU. His contribution to agricultural policy is critical to agricultural cooperatives and their member-owners in Missouri and across the nation. Dr. Westhoff and his FAPRI colleagues also work regularly with congressional staffers and USDA leaders to evaluate proposed agricultural legislation intended to provide farmers with a solid economic footing.
The professorship is named for Howard Cowden, a southwest Missouri native who started his cooperative career with MFA in the 1920s. Later, he formed what would become Farmland Industries. Originally, the coop was named the Union Oil Company in 1929, and it transitioned to being the Consumers Cooperative Association in 1935 before it was called Farmland Industries. Cowden retired in 1961 from his long-held chief executive title. Throughout Cowden’s career, he was driven by his passion to give farmers a better economic advantage in the marketplace.