The Missouri Farm Bureau Federation Outstanding Agriculture Specialist Award recognize outstanding performance by a regional agriculture faculty member. Individuals must be nominated jointly by the county Farm Bureau board and the county extension council.
A representative of the Missouri Farm Bureau Federation presents a symbol of recognition to the recipient.
Regional extension agriculturalist or agriculture subject-matter specialist who have demonstrated outstanding program delivery during the past 18 months and are nominated jointed by the county Farm Bureau board and the county extension council are eligible. You may only receive this award once.
Nominees are evaluated on:
- Recognized competence in their field, and knowledge of the people of the county, its agriculture and history.
- Demonstrated leadership and ability to help people solve problems.
- Established identity as the agricultural extension contact, who provides prompt, accurate and satisfying assistance through effective communication, to inform people of agricultural program opportunities, plans, activities and progress.
- Effectiveness of relationships with the county extension council, county commission, local legislators, agency personnel, general farm organizations, and community and civic groups.
Nominations and selection
County extension councils, extension faculty and staff members, manufacturers or other agencies may nominate an individual specialist.
Nominations for the 2020 awards will be accepted May 18 — August 10. Nominators will be directed through a simple form consisting of brief text fields, drop-down selection boxes, and a single description of why your nominee is deserving of the award. Note: Nominator name and contact information are not required fields; you may nominate anonymously or self-nominate.
Nominees are automatically requested to complete an electronic application form, and references will then be contacted for a simple statement of support as part of the final selection process. This is a simple, rolling, multi-step process and each nomination proceeds independently of all others.
Nominations are reviewed by the Fellowship and Awards Committee appointed by the vice chancellor for extension. The committee – composed of representatives of UMEA, Epsilon Sigma Phi, the University of Missouri campuses and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Extension and Engagement – makes recommendations to the vice chancellor, who makes the final selection.
Award will be presented at annual conference or its equivalent.
2020: Rusty Lee III
2019: Patricia Barrett
2018: Zachary L. Erwin
2017: Darla Lea Campbell
2016: Robert A. Kelly
2015: Jennifer Schutter
2014: Todd E. Lorenz
2013: C. Tim Schnakenberg
2012: Wayne Edwin Flanary
2011: James J W Crawford
2010: Travis W. Harper
2009: Karisha V. Devlin
2008: Eugene G. Schmitz
2007: Timothy W. Horton
2006: Sutro Wayne Shannon
2005: Scott Collin Killpack
2001: Mark Alan Stewart
2000: Jesse Claude Owsley, Brent A. Robinson
1999: Charles E. Browning, Matthew David Herring
1998: Gerald Guy Bryan, Karla J. Deaver
1996: Melvin Brees, Raymond A. Nabors, Dean W. Wilson
1995: Kenneth A. Bolte, Roger Lee Eakins, Thomas L. Hansen
1994: Richard Wayne Clark, Gary D. Hoette
1993: Don Ray Day, Leo William Reber
1992: Eldon Willard Cole
1991: Harold F. Mammen, Wayne R. Prewitt, Sarah J. Swofford
1990: Tony Ray Rickard, Donald Wayne Utlaut
1989: Albert L. Kennett
1988: James E. Garrett, James E. Kennel
1986: Ronald D. Young