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Extension specialist named Livestock Person of the Year

Extension specialist named Livestock Person of the Year

Bruce Lane of Lancaster, Mo., and formerly of California, will be honored at the 2014 Missouri Livestock Symposium Dec. 5, when he is inducted into the Missouri Livestock Symposium’s Livestock Person of the Year Hall of Fame.

Lane is the 12th person to be selected. Those selected have made significant contributions to the livestock industry in Northeast Missouri and beyond, according to a news release.

Lane recently retired from the University of Missouri Extension after serving 29 years as a regional livestock specialist. Prior to this he worked as a vo-ag instructor in Madera and Santa Rosa, Calif., and as a livestock and agronomy farm adviser with University of California Cooperative Extension.

DURING HIS career, Lane received numerous recognitions, including the Honorary FFA Chapter Award, Friend of 4-H Award, Purebred Sheep Producer of the Year award, California Cattlemen’s Achievement Award, Missouri Beef Improvement Association Award and the USDA International Honor Award.

Lane was an accomplished livestock judge, and as a vo-ag instructor in California trained numerous winning livestock, dairy cattle and meats judging teams. He also coached a state winning livestock team in Missouri and has judged sheep at eight state fairs and six major sheep shows in Mexico.

The Lane family, under the Lane Ranch banner, showed many national champions and reserve champion Hampshire sheep. They also sold sheep nationwide and internationally.

LANE DID consulting work for the U. S. Grains Council and American Soybean Association.

However, his work with the USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service (USDA-FAS) is what benefited American agriculture the most. Over a 25-year period, he trained agriculture specialists and leaders from 23 countries. Some of these trainings led to significant trade for the U.S. agriculture sector. One of these programs continues to result in millions of trade dollars annually for the red-meat industry.

Over his career he has conducted or assisted in conducting numerous applied research projects. Along with Garry Mathes and former Missouri State Rep. Sam Berkowitz, he was directly responsible for updating the Missouri wind maps, which played an important role in generating wind farm interests in Missouri.

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