A&M Professor Emeritus Wins National Agronomy Award

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Dr. Dudley Smith, professor emeritus with Texas A&M University’s Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, has received a 2007 American Society of Agronomy Fellow Award.

Smith was recognized for his 47-year career in both teaching and research, most notably for developing innovative weed-control practices in the Plains region.

The weed research program spanned more than 2.5 million acres of cotton in the South Plains region and helped perfect practices for narrow-row cotton production.

“Dr. Smith is very deserving of this award not only for his research contributions in the Plains region of Texas but also for his gift of working with students who have the greatest potential to make an impact on the agricultural industry,” said Dr. David Baltensperger, department head for soil and crop sciences at Texas A&M.

Smith served as both associate and assistant director with the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station from 1973-1996 before returning to a faculty position.

He received an Award of Merit for Teaching from the Gamma Sigma Delta Honorary Society in 2002. Smith also received a Distinguished Achievement Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2001.

His contributions to the American Society of Agronomy included serving as associate editor of Journal of Production Agriculture (1985-1991) and leading the A-1 section education programming.

Smith earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Maryland and a doctorate from Michigan State University. He also earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Houston.