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COD : Robert Guernsey

1995 Certificate of Distinction Winner Robert Guernsey

Robert Guernsey


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Robert Guernsey is considered a spokesman for the Extension and research programs of the land-grant system, as well as Midwest agriculture, He tells his story to a variety of audiences, from county extension boards to members of Congress. Guernsey is known for his support of the land grant mission. His most notable support has come through his involvement in the national and state CARET(Council on Agriculture Research, Extension, and Teaching) groups, Guernsey has served as chairman of Purdue CARET and president of National CARET.As a member of CARET, Guernsey has testified before congressional hearings on behalf of research and extension. He also chaired the first annual statewide Purdue CARET Legislative Day at the Capitol in Indianapolis in 1984. A grain, hog and cattle farmer from Boone County, Guernsey is involved in nearly all facets of agriculture. He is active in commodity groups, local extension and 4-H boards and the Indiana Farm Bureau. He has been honored with numerous awards, including the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service Friend of Extension Award and the Indiana 4-H Alumni Award. Guernsey's nomination for the Certificate of Distinction includes the notation, "Despite his extra duties nationally, Bob never loses sight of his ties locally, to Boone County, Purdue University and to the state of Indiana," Guernsey is praised for his fiscal responsibility in overseeing Extension programs and has tailored programs to fit many counties, at their request. He and his wife Nancy, who also is a leader in CARET and other agricultural organizations, have been called "two of the truly creative thought leaders in Indiana agriculture.”