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Horsley Receives Crop Science Society of America Fellow Award

Richard Horsley was honored as a Fellow in the Crop Science Society of America during the annual joint meeting with the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America in Phoenix, Arizona in November. Horsley leads the North Dakota State University Department of Plant Sciences barley breeding and genetics research project and is the Department of Plant Sciences Head.
Horsley Receives Crop Science Society of America Fellow Award

Richard Horsley

December 9, 2016

Richard Horsley was honored as a Fellow in the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) during the annual joint meeting with the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) and the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA). The meeting was held in Phoenix, Arizona, November 6-9. Ten other CSSA members also were honored as Fellows.

Horsley has worked as the lead barley breeder for the North Dakota State University Department of Plant Sciences barley breeding and genetics research project since 1988, serves as the coordinator of the malting barley improvement program and is the Department of Plant Sciences Head. He also served as the Assistant Department Chair from 2005 to 2010.

He has advised 23 graduate students and taught more than 1000 students statistical techniques and biometrics in Plant Sciences 724 Field Design I. He also advises many students on specifics of design and analysis of research experiments and periodically offers a short version of his course to technicians and researchers from private and public programs in the area.

Horsley was the chair of the CSSA committee for barley registration from 2001 to 2007. He serves on the board of trustees for the Wheat Quality Council and on the executive and steering committees for the United States Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative (USWBSI). His past professional service includes serving as chair of the National Barley Improvement Committee, as a member of the North American Barley Genome Mapping Steering Committee, and as a member of the Agronomy Journal Editorial Board.

Horsley has authored more than 150 professional publications. Five barley cultivars approved as malting barley varieties by the American Malting Barley Association have been released from NDSU during his tenure as barley breeder. 

NDSU Cereal Crops Extension Agronomist Joel Ransom says that Horsley’s “leadership and administrative competence has allowed the Plant Sciences Department at NDSU to expand, be more productive, and to better meet the needs of scientific communities and the farmers of North Dakota and the surrounding region. He is hard working, persistent, productive, generous with his time, and fair and effective in his administration.” 

The Fellow award is given to only 0.3 percent of the CSSA membership and rewards “outstanding contributions to agronomy through education, national and international service and research.” CSSA Fellows are nominated by fellow society members and it is the top award given by the society. More than 5000 crop scientists are members of the CSSA, and about 700 Fellows have been honored since 1956 when the society was established.

For more information on the 2016 ASA/CSSA/SSSA Annual Meeting, see acsmeetings.org.

Author: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384,
Editor: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123,

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