Beef Specialist Receives UW Extension's Top Honor

A beef specialist has received the University of Wyoming Extension's top honor.

Steve Paisley, who's director of the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center near Lingle, received the Jim DeBree Award during a training conference in Laramie last month.

Paisley leads state-wide efforts with extension educators to conduct beef quality assurance training for producers. Jim Magagna, who's executive vice president of the Wyoming Stockgrowers Association, said beef quality assurance is one of the most critical and rewarding programs fostered by the livestock industry in recent years.

Paisley, who joined the UW Extension in 2001, also works with 4-H in outreach efforts and is an associate professor in the department of animal science at UW's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He is credited with contributing greatly to many 4-H programs across Wyoming.

He also co-leads the annual Range Beef Cow Symposium every other year. The symposium is an effort between UW and universities in Colorado, Nebraska and South Dakota.

The Jim DeBree Award is named in honor of the retired Wyoming extension administrator and given to those who demonstrate a high level of professionalism, performance and leadership within their program areas and communities.

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