Shapiro named SSSA Fellow

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Lana Koepke Johnson | Agronomy and Horticulture

Charles Shapiro, agronomy and horticulture professor emeritus, was named a Soil Science Society of America Fellow at the 2019 American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and SSSA International Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

Fellow is the highest recognition bestowed by SSSA. Members of the society nominate worthy colleagues based on their professional achievements and meritorious service.

Shapiro’s entire Nebraska career has been at the University of Nebraska Haskell Agricultural Laboratory located in Concord. He focused on improving the efficiency of corn and soybean growth through improved nutrient efficiency.

He led Nebraska research and extension efforts on nitrogen fertilizer use efficiency and water quality impacts from fertilizer use, organic cropping systems and efficient use of livestock manure resources.

Shapiro’s interests also included hail damage, manure management, organic farming, phosphorus nutrition, cover crops – even the fate of cattle implant chemicals in the environment.

He provided sound, science-based programs at extension events in a way that everyone could understand. He used many educational methods to reach clientele from demonstration plots, to written materials, radio, TV and web-based information and numerous on-farm demonstrations. He was a major contributor to CropWatch.

Shapiro helped establish Nebraska’s Comprehensive Nutrient Management Planning team and since 2000 has helped hundreds of livestock operations comply with federal and state environmental regulations.

Among Shapiro’s numerous awards was recognition of Fellow by the American Society of Agronomy in 2005. He also authored or co-authored countless peer-reviewed journal publications, book chapters and extension circulars.

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