Rosenbaum receives 2022 CANR Distinguished Service Award

Robin Rosenbaum will receive the 2022 CANR Distinguished Service Award during ANR Week.

Robin Rosenbaum
Robin Rosenbaum

Robin Rosenbaum, of Lansing, Michigan, will receive the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) Distinguished Service Award at the March 11 ANR Awards Program.

The award honors individuals or partners who have made outstanding contributions to Michigan’s agriculture and natural resources industries, and who possess high standards of integrity and character to positively reflect and enhance the prestige of the college.

An MSU fisheries and wildlife alumna, Rosenbaum has a long and distinguished record of support for MSU. Rosenbaum has had a distinguished 30-year-career with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). She currently serves as Plant Health Section Manager, Plant Pest Management Division. She also serves as the State Plant Regulatory Officer (SPRO) for Michigan. The SPRO coordinates the initial federal response to a new pest detection.

She has worked effectively with state and federal agencies to obtain emergency use pesticide approvals critically needed to control insects and diseases threatening important specialty crops in Michigan. She was instrumental in the response to, and subsequent eradication of, plum pox virus on stone fruit trees from 2006 to 2009 and Ralstonia on geraniums in 2020.

Rosenbaum began her career as an entomology assistant in the MSU Department of Entomology. She then worked as an Extension assistant/associate in the MSU Extension Pesticide Education Office. In this position, she was instrumental in the development and administration of the Crop Advisory Teams (CAT) and CAT Alert Newsletters. She developed pesticide training programs, including a comprehensive slide set for pesticide applicators. She also initiated and supervised the development of the Michigan Pesticide Information Retrieval System (MPIRS).

She served for 10 years as a member of the Michigan Seed Potato Board of Directors. Recently, she has served on the Governing Board of the National Clean Plant Network and the Board of the Michigan Crop Improvement Association.

Most notably, Rosenbaum is a dedicated advocate for Project GREEEN, serving as a proposal review panel member for the program for the past 15 years. She also serves as an ex-officio member of the Project GREEEN Directors Action Team (DAT) representing MDARD where she provides guidance on program priorities and direction to the Project GREEEN coordinator.

Rosenbaum has been an extremely valuable collaborator with the MSU Plant and Pest Diagnostic Lab (PPDL) where her expertise has been instrumental in dealing with serious pest outbreaks and has been a key partner in the lab in sharing resources and preparing for emergency response.

She has also been a strong supporter of the National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN), including emergency response exercises, for which MSU has a leadership role. She has also collaborated with several MSU Extension specialists on the development of pest management strategic plans for numerous crops, and participated in numerous faculty searches at MSU, including two searches for Chair of Entomology and the nematology Extension and research faculty position.

She has been honored for her service with the Key Partner Award from MSU Extension and was recognized by MDARD in 2019 with the Team Excellence Award for her contributions to the Hemp Licensing Program. In 2021, she was nominated for the MDARD Leadership Award and she received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Quality of Life Mentoring Program.


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