Division of Plant Science and Technology
Center for Regenerative Agriculture
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Dr. Rob Myers is Director of the MU Center for Regenerative Agriculture and an Extension Professor in the Plant Science and Technology Division. Since 2010, he has also served as Regional Director of Extension Programs for the USDA North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) program.
In his leadership role with the Center for Regenerative Agriculture, he administers a $25 million USDA climate-smart grant called the Missouri CRCL Project and also the $10 million National Cover Crop Variety Development Project. He also oversees several other grants with the Center supporting research, education, and extension programs. The Center focuses on farming practices contributing to improved soil health, including use of cover crops, no-till, regenerative grazing, and other conservation approaches.
On behalf of SARE, he administers competitive grants and state funding for sustainable agriculture projects in 12 North Central states. He also serves as the national liaison for the SARE program on cover crop and soil health.
His professional expertise encompasses sustainable and regenerative agriculture, soil health, conservation and cropping system diversification. He has conducted research, education and extension programs with many cover crops and alternative crops. He has also led or served with several national councils and task forces addressing federal conservation programs and agriculture research and education programs.
Dr. Myers grew up on a family grain farm in Illinois that he still helps manage. He obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in agronomy from the University of Minnesota. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy, was named Missouri Conservationist of the Year in 2018, and honored with the national Agronomic Education and Extension Award from the American Society of Agronomy in 2022.
- Ph.D., Agronomy, University of Minnesota
- M.S., Agronomy, University of Minnesota
- B.S., Agricultural Science, Illinois State University