Mike Staton receives excellence award

Mike Staton, Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) educator in Allegan County, was awarded the Excellence in Soybean 2010 Program Coordination Award at the Soybean 2010 meeting held in Lawrence on Thursday, Feb. 4. The Excellence in Soybean 2010 Program Coordination Award was presented by the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee (MSPC).

“This award is not an annual award,” said Keith Reinholt, field operations director for the MSPC. “It is given when an individual working in Michigan State University Extension has a rich history of excellence in working with soybean producers to assist in the Soybean 2010 program above and beyond the general description of the position responsibilities.” Nominees are selected by the soybean checkoff with an internal review responsible for selecting a recipient.

“Staton had been a dedicated MSU Extension representative of the MSPC,” said Andy Welden, MSPC president. “He has been a great asset to the Soybean 2010 program. It is a privilege to award him with this distinction.”

Staton has worked with members of the MSUE Field Crops Team to obtain MSPC funding for on-farm research projects. The projects evaluated management practices and products that have the potential to increase soybean yields and profitability. He coordinated two high-profile regional meetings titled “Overcoming the Barriers to Higher Soybean Yields” each year since 2007, reaching more than 1600 participating producers and agronomists. And he’s worked hard to document the impacts these efforts have had on the agronomic practices of those who attend.

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