James W. Burch was the director of the University of Missouri’s agricultural extension service for 20 years, leaving a legacy of continuing education at MU. He received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1916 and a Master of Science in 1931.
In memory of her husband, Edna Burch, a longtime MU contributor, donated a charitable remainder trust in 1987. She remembered her husband as a man who, professionally, “thought of nothing but the farmer and what he could do to help him.”
The J. W. Burch Award for exceptional extension program leadership recognizes state specialists for their effectiveness of program leadership with field staff, quality of extension publications, presentations and other educational materials, and recognition by state and national peers for their program quality.