Dr. Jerry D. Volesky of North Platte received the Fellow Award at the Society for Range Management’s 70th annual meeting in St. George, Utah.The meeting was held Jan. 29–Feb. 2.
The Fellow Award recognizes Volesky exceptional service and contributions in advancing the science and art of range-related resource management.
In 21 years as a research scientist with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Volesky has established himself as a highly recognized rangeland scientist in grazing management and forage crop production. He is a leader of a group of range and forage scientists, soil scientists, animal scientists and agricultural economists who identify principal questions about managing rangelands and forage production as the base for complex beef production systems.
His success is evident from his 100-plus research and extension publications and the millions of dollars of grants he has been awarded while in Nebraska, the announcement said.
“He is deliberate in developing an extension program that delivers a relevant, complete package to a diversity of rangeland users from youth to adults, and from cattle ranchers to multiple-use managers,” the announcement said.
Volesky’s extension program includes the Nebraska Ranch Practicum, Nebraska Range Short Course, range judging, range youth field and science days, and presentations at workshops, conferences, and field days. His education efforts have also included co-advising 15 graduate students who he has incorporated into his overall research and extension program.
Finally, Volesky’s contributions to SRM are significant both in Nebraska and on international levels. His circular on Range Judging Handbook and Contest Rules is used by thousands of students and instructors each year, and his role as an associate editor for SRM’s scientific journal, Rangeland Ecology and Management, has been a major contribution to the society and is a recognition by his peers of his scientific credentials.