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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.

If you have questions regarding this process, please contact Tippie Greene. For award-specific questions, please email [email protected].

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 location

Award will be presented at annual conference or its equivalent.

Award recipients

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