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MSU Forage Specialist Wins National Award

Award-winning forage specialist Rocky Lemus, associate Extension and research professor at Mississippi State University, examines grass growing in 2015 research plots. (MSU Extension Service file photo)

STARKVILLE, Miss. – The National Association of County Agricultural Agents recently recognized a Mississippi State University Extension Service specialist for his outstanding efforts guiding forage producers.

Rocky Lemus, associate Extension and research professor, received the 2017 Achievement Award during the NACAA’s annual meeting and professional improvement conference in Utah. This award is given to agents with 10 years or fewer of service in Extension and who have exhibited excellence in the field of Extension education.

“Dr. Lemus is dedicated to studying forage and grazing systems that will work best for Mississippi producers,” said Steve Martin, associate director for the MSU Extension Service. “He provides authoritative guidance to Extension agents across the state and responds effectively to problems and issues encountered in Mississippi.”

Lemus received his master’s degree in agronomy from Iowa State University and a doctorate in crop and soil environmental sciences from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Before coming to MSU in 2007, he was an assistant professor in agricultural sciences at Texas A&M-Commerce, where he was responsible for teaching, Extension, and research.

He has a joint appointment with the MSU Extension Service and the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.

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