Roch Gaussoin, head of the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, has been appointed to the USDA National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Gaussoin will be filling a three-year term for Category G: National Crop, Soil, Agronomy, Horticulture, or Weed Science Societies.
The board provides advice to the Secretary of Agriculture and land-grant colleges and universities on top priorities and policies for food and agricultural research, education, extension and economics. It is made up of 25 members, each of which represents a specific category of U.S. agricultural stakeholders, as mandated by Congress.
Members of the board have diversified expertise and occupations and are well-respected leaders in their respective areas. The board reflects the broad interests of food, fiber and agricultural stakeholders nationwide, holds regional and national stakeholder listening sessions, and develops consolidated advice based on stakeholder input that is vital to the current and future success of food, forestry and agricultural programs.
Gaussoin has worked at the university for 25 years and served as a professor and extension specialist in integrated turfgrass management and weed science. He has been head of the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture since 2011 and the 2015 president of the Crop Science Society of America. He is currently chair of the Alliance of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science Societies.
Gaussoin received a bachelor’s degree in agronomy and a master’s degree in crop science from New Mexico State University and earned his doctorate in crop science from Michigan State University.
For more information on the USDA NAREEE Advisory Board, go to https://nareeeab.ree.usda.gov/.