2008 J.W. Burch Award: Craig Roberts
The goal of Craig Roberts’ extension work is to improve the economic and environmental status of Missouri’s forage-livestock agriculture. His extension program includes needs assessment, prioritization, implementation and documentation of impact. Roberts is a professor in plant sciences.
Roberts’ extension program has five foci: forage testing, grazing systems, hay production, pasture-based dairy and fescue toxicology.,/p>
"Dr. Roberts’ greatest impact came from two of these foci, forage testing and grazing systems," said Bill Wiebold, professor in plant sciences. "The forage testing program was initially delivered by a mobile van containing all of the sophisticated testing equipment needed to measure forage quality on the farm. This laboratory was used to analyze 1,500 samples a year and the results were used to balance feed rations for 10,000 cattle annually. This program saved Missouri cattlemen more than $47 million in enhanced grazing plans."
"DR. ROBERTS BRINGS INNOVATION, ENERGY, VISION AND ABILITY TO MOTIVATE CO-WORKERS AND COUNTY AGENTS TO MARSHAL THE RESOURCES NECESSARY TO DELIVER TIMELY EXTENSION PROGRAMS THAT SOLVE CRITICAL PRODUCTION PROBLEMS IN MISSOURI’S LIVESTOCK AND GRASSLAND INDUSTSTRY. HE IS MOST DESERVING OF THIS RECOGNITION."
— Charles West, professor, University of Arkansas’ Dale Bumpers
College of Agriculture, Food and Life Sciences.
Since 2004, Roberts has been editor-in-chief of the Crop Science Society of America’s journal. Since 2006 he has been on the board of directors of the Thomas Jefferson Agricultural Institute. He has also been a member of the American Forage and Grassland Council, Missouri Forage and Grassland Council, Association of Missouri Agricultural State Extension Specialists and Sigma Xi.
He earned a Faculty Fellowship from MU in 2007, was a Fellow in Crop Science Society of America in 2006 and Fellow with the American Society of Agronomy in 2006. He was co-recipient of the Frank Meyer Medal for Outstanding Paper in Plant Genetic Resources presented by the Crop Science Society of America. Internationally, he was a member of a plant germplasm expedition to Morocco in 1999.
Roberts has edited three scientific books, the author of four book chapters and numerous publications.