I am an assistant dean emeritus and associate professor emeritus in MU's College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, where I served for 45 years until my retirement in 2015. I began my extension career in 1970 as a county agent with the University of Illinois. As an extension state specialist at MU, I developed one of the leading agricultural safety programs in the United States. As assistant dean, I was responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of one of the largest agriculture and natural resources extension programs in the United States: an innovative pasture-based dairy program and a model heifer replacement program resulting in $75- to $121-million economic impact for the state and more than 1,000 new jobs. With friends, I endowed the David Baker Distinguished Extension Programmatic Leadership Award. The award recognizes and supports excellence in the development and delivery of strategic educational efforts or programming related to agriculture and natural resources.
Term ends: 2024