2009 Frederick G. Renner Award recipient announced

Oct 9, 2009
by WLJ
2009 Frederick G. Renner Award recipient announced

The Society of Range Management (SRM) is pleased to announce that it has selected the late Dr. Jerry W. Stuth as the 2009 Frederick G. Renner Award recipient.

A lifelong member of SRM, Jerry was born and raised near Waco, TX. He earned a Bachelor of Science (Range and Wildlife Management) in 1970 from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. He also earned a Master’s of Science (Range Science) from Texas Tech in 1972, and in 1975, completed his Doctorate (Rangeland Resources) at Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.

“Dr. Stuth is the perfect recipient for this award,” noted SRM President Don Kirby. Stuth’s notable lifelong accomplishments include that he:

• Led a team that developed a computerized grazinglands planning system—a system that, with refinements, ultimately resulted in the Grazingland Spatial Analysis Tool, software used extensively by Natural Resources Conservation Service as a planning tool;

• Developed an array of technologies for managing the nutritional well-being of free-ranging livestock. The foundation of these technologies was the development of methodology to estimate diet quality of freeranging livestock via analyses of fecal material using near infrared reflectance spectrophotometer technology;

• Developed the first livestock early warning system (LEWS) that forecasts impending forage shortfalls 90 days in advance. Originally developed for East Africa, LEWS is now used in many of the world’s arid regions;

• Led the team that developed the Forage Risk Assessment Management System,

U.S. farmers may be allowed to enroll land in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) as early as next the first on-ranch system that synthesizes weather, forage conditions, and grazing data to provide biological and economic feedback for stocking rate adjustments; • Conducted a pioneering feasibility study for the US- DA Risk Management Agency (RMA) for establishing forage loss insurance for grazingland enterprises; • Participated in the development of the first grazingland real-time Burning Risk Assessment Support System targeting private grazinglands, via RMA funding; “We lost a friend, educator, and leader too soon, but Jerry’s memory will live on through his accomplishments and contributions to the betterment of society and the environment,” concluded Kirby. — WLJ