Rob Myers Receives President's Award from Soil and Water Conservation Society
NCR-SARE wishes to extend congratulations to Dr. Rob Myers, NCR-SARE Regional Director of Extension Programs, who has recently been awarded the 2014 President's Award from the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS).
The SWCS President’s Leadership Award is given at the discretion of the SWCS President in recognition of exemplary assistance to the President in helping to carry out the goals and objectives of the Soil and Water Conservation Society.
"Rob Myers led the planning team that organized the highly successful National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health. The conference was a partnership of the USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, SWCS, NRCS and many agencies and organizations committed to the science and application of cover crops as an agricultural and conservation practice. Myers is an adjunct associate professor at the University of Missouri and regional director of extension programs for the USDA-NIFA North Central SARE program. He continues to be an advocate for the national goal to increase cover crop adoption to 20 million acres nationally by the year 2020," said SWCS Corporate Relations and Program Coordinator, Chrissy Rhodes.
Myers has served in his NCR-SARE role since 2011, having a previous background of working on cropping system diversification and agricultural sustainability in the academic, government, and NGO sectors.
The National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health held Feb. 17-19, 2014 in Omaha, Neb., brought together 300 agricultural leaders and innovators to explore how we can make American agriculture more sustainable through improved soil health. Attendees represented agricultural industry, the farm community, academia, government, commodity and conservation organizations. As part of this landmark event, Cover Crops and Soil Health Forums took place Feb. 18 at over 200 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Extension offices nationwide. These forums gave farmers and other agricultural professionals the opportunity to send their thoughts to the national conference and engage in local conversations on cover crops and soil health. Forums were attended by an estimated 6,000 people. Myers led coordination of this event.
The award was presented by SWCS President Dan Towery and Executive Director Jim Gulliford during the SWCS Conference on July 29, 2014 in Lombard, Illinois.