Nafziger Awarded Illinois Farm Bureau's Highest Honor

CHICAGO —Emerson Nafziger, professor emeritus in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois, today received the 2018 Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) Charles B. Shuman Distinguished Service Award. The award, the highest given by IFB, was presented during the organization’s annual meeting in Chicago, Dec. 1-4.ifb

Nafziger is best known for his work in developing the Maximum Return To Nitrogen (MRTN) calculator, which provides farmers guidelines in applying nitrogen and helps farmers make key nutrient management decisions. Nafziger also is well known for his work in crop production research, focusing on a variety of areas, including effects of crop rotation; cropping sequence and practices as they affect crop yield and yield stability; nitrogen rates guidelines and on-farm corn nitrogen rate trials; weed management in corn and soybeans; and planting date and plant population effects on corn yield.

In more than 35 years at the University of Illinois, Nafziger taught courses, and served as an agronomist and educator for the University of Illinois Extension. He also published research on nitrogen usage, the impact of varied planting dates on yield and overall plan development, and the impact of weeds on plant development and yields and has been a sought-after speaker for farmer events and conferences.

Nafziger received the Paul A. Funk Recognition Award, a top honor for University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) faculty.

Nafziger holds agronomy degrees from Ohio State University, Purdue University and the University of Illinois. Prior to joining the University of Illinois as a faculty member, Nafziger spent four years in Bangladesh researching and introducing soybeans to Bangladeshi farmers.

Nafziger and his wife, Cynthia, have two grown sons and three grandchildren; they are members of the First Mennonite Church of Champaign-Urbana.

The IFB’s Distinguished Service Award honors the memory and service of Charles B. Shuman, a revered Moultrie County farm leader who served as president of both IFB and of the American Farm Bureau Federation.


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