Barnes, Robert F. 1933–

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Barnes, Robert F. 1933–

PERSONAL: Born February 6, 1933, in Estherville, IA; son of Chester Arthur (a farmer) and Pearl Adella (a homemaker; maiden name, Stoelting) Barnes; married Bettye Jeanne Burrell (a homemaker), June 25, 1955; children: Bradley Robert, Rebecca Lyn Barnes Reinalda, Roberta Kay Barnes Nixon, Brian Lee. Ethnicity: "Caucasian." Education: Estherville Junior College, A.A., 1953; Iowa State University, B.S., 1957; Rutgers University, M.S., 1959; Purdue University, Ph.D., 1963. Politics: Conservative. Religion: Christian. Hobbies and other interests: Reading, music, theater.

ADDRESSES: Home—5518 Hammersley Rd., Madison, WI 53711-3557. E-mail[email protected]

CAREER: Writer, agronomist, and educator. U.S. Department of Agriculture Agriculture Research Service, Washington, DC, research agronomist in West Lafayette, IN, 1958–60, laboratory director in University Park, PA, 1970–75, staff scientist in Beltsville, MD, 1975–79, associate deputy administrator of southern region in New Orleans, LA, 1979–84, deputy administrator of southern region, 1985–86; Agronomic Science Foundation, Madison, WI, executive director, 1986–99; retired, 1999. Certified professional agronomist and professional soil scientist, 1986–; certified professional crop scientist, 1986–2004; Grazing Lands Forum, president, 1986–87. Purdue University, assistant professor, 1963–66, associate professor, 1966–70; Pennsylvania State University, adjunct professor, 1970–75; University of Queensland, Harry S. Stobbs Memorial Lecturer, 1984; University of Wisconsin—Madison, adjunct professor, 1986–99; guest speaker at institutions and at seminars and workshops. Member of International Crane Foundation and Historic Madison, Inc. Military service: U.S. Army, 1953–55; served in European theater.

MEMBER: American Society of Agronomy (fellow; executive vice president, 1986–99), Crop Science Society of America (president, 1984–85; executive vice president, 1986–99), Soil Science Society of America (executive vice president, 1986–99), American Association for the Advancement of Science (fellow), American Society of Animal Science, Society for Range Management (life member), Soil and Water Conservation Society, National Audubon Society, National Geographic Society, National Wildlife Federation, Nature Conservancy, Wisconsin Historical Society, Olbrich Botanical Society, Henry Vilas Park Zoological Society, Friends of the Arboretum (Madison, WI), Purdue Alumni Association, Rutgers University Alumni Federation, Sigma Xi.

AWARDS, HONORS: Certificate for outstanding research and published accomplishments in forage agriculture, Indiana Forage Council, 1970; American Forage and Grassland Council merit certificate, 1973, Medallion Award, 1981; U.S. Department of Agriculture, certificates of merit, 1981, 1982, Science and Education Directors' Award for Special Achievement, 1982, superior service award (with other team members), 1987; Robert F. Barnes Graduate Education Award established by Crop Science Society of America, 2004.


(Coeditor and contributor) Forages: The Science of Grassland Agriculture, 3rd edition, Iowa State University Press (Ames, IA), 1973, 5th edition published as Forages: An Introduction to Grassland Agriculture, two volumes, 1995, 6th edition, Iowa State Press (Ames, IA), Volume 1, 2003, Volume 2, 2005.

(Editor, with J.B. Beard) Glossary of Crop Science Terms, Crop Science Society of America (Madison, WI), 1992.

(With P. Baenziger and Roger A. Kleese) Intellectual Property Rights, Protection of Plant Materials, Crop Science Society of America (Madison, WI), 1993.

Contributor to books, including Chemistry and Biochemistry of Herbage, edited by G.W. Butler and R.W. Bailey, Academic Press (New York, NY), 1973; Forage Evaluation: Concepts and Techniques, edited by J.R. Wheeler and R.D. Mochrie, Australia and American Forage and Grassland Council, 1980; and Biotechnology in Tall Fescue Improvement, edited by M. J. Kasperbauer, CRC Press (Boca Raton, FL), 1990. Contributor to scientific journals, including Tropical Grasslands, Rangelands, Crop Science, and Journal of Animal Science.

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