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Steve Calhoun With Ross Seed Named Master Agronomist by OSU

Mon, 11 Apr 2011 6:13:31 CDT

Steve Calhoun With Ross Seed Named Master Agronomist by OSU Grady County’s Steve Calhoun, a third-generation farmer-rancher, has been named a 2011 Master Agronomist by Oklahoma State University’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

The award was initiated in 1947 and recognizes Oklahoma producers who actively participate in agronomic education programs and contribute valuable public service through their efforts in soil conservation, range management or crop production.

“Steve Calhoun has been a cooperating partner with division scientists and OSU Cooperative Extension specialists and educators for decades, helping to make official OSU agronomic recommendations for the area as accurate as humanly possible,” said Dave Porter, head of the OSU Department of Plant and Soil Sciences.

The ability to make accurate recommendations is enhanced by OSU being able to conduct research on specific growing conditions for an area of the state, often on the land of Oklahoma producers themselves who donate resources for variety trials.

“He is truly deserving of being named an OSU Master Agronomist for all that he has done, both in terms of his own career and as a cooperating partner with the division and university working to improve the quality of life for state farmers and ranchers,” Porter said.

Calhoun graduated from Ninnekah High School where he was active in 4-H and FFA. He earned his associate degree in farm and ranch management from Murray State College. While still in school, he began working for Ross Seed Company.

“His enthusiasm for the seed trade business began in the backroom, cleaning and sacking seed, and has continued through the past 36 years to his present position as manager in charge of all seed and feed operations,” Porter said.

Calhoun has been active in the Grady County and Oklahoma alfalfa associations, Grady County Cattle Producer’s Association, Grady County Farm Service Agency and Oklahoma Crop Improvement Association, among others. He has served as president of the Oklahoma Seed Trade Association.

“He believes in investing in the future of young people; to that effort, he and his family have supported 4-H and FFA in Grady County with scholarships and active leadership,” Porter said.

Calhoun has assisted the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce through the agriculture committee that works with the Grady County Stock Show and currently serves as a board member for the Chickasha Special Young Adults.



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