Section Awards

Outstanding Young Rangeland Professional
2009 Recipient:  Dusty Crowe

The Outstanding Young Range Professional Award is given to one who has shown outstanding leadership and who demonstrates extraordinary promise in the range profession.

This year's recipient is originally from Midland and earned a degree from Angelo State University in 2002 in Animal Science with a minor in RWM. He is employed by the NRCS and has worked with ranchers in South Texas for the past 6 years. This young man is known for his passion and zeal for range management. His dedication to his profession and assisting ranchers has become his trademark, recognized by his co-workers as well as ranchers.

Specifically, he has been working with over 100 different ranchers over the past several years; teaching them range management principles and how to put those principles into practice; and helping them become good stewards and conservationists. In this harsh environment, he has developed a special skill for helping ranchers understand how to cope with and plan for drought. He conducts year round clipping on many ranches to assist ranchers make ecologically sound stocking rate adjustments.

In addition to his work related to livestock grazing, he understands the critical importance of maintaining viable populations of quail and deer. He has become widely respected for his ability to merge wildlife management into grazing operations.

He has become one of the leading proponents of prescribed burning in south Texas. As District Conservationist in Carrizo Springs he has invigorated the burning program and has worked hard to coordinate burns on 28 places in one year alone.

This years Outstanding Young Range Professional could have pursued a career in professional baseball, but he chose range management - their loss was our gain.

Enthusiasm and dedication are two of the words that come to mind to describe this year's recipient of the Outstanding Young Rangeland Professional, Dusty Crowe.

 

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