Rozeboom receives 2024 CANR Distinguished Faculty Award

Dale Rozeboom will receive the 2024 CANR Distinguished Faculty Award during the annual ANR Awards on Friday, March 1.

Dale Rozeboom, Ph.D., of Mason, Michigan, will receive a Michigan State University (MSU) College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) Distinguished Faculty Award at the March 1 ANR Awards Program.

The Distinguished Faculty Award recognizes faculty members who have brought distinction to the CANR through teaching, research and/or outreach and provided leadership that has helped students, faculty members and/or citizens reach their potential for excellence.

Rozeboom is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Animal Science at MSU. From 2018 to 2023 he served as associate chair of the department. He also served as a Special Assistant to CANR Deans & Directors from August 2022 until his retirement in September 2023. Rozeboom joined MSU after earning his Ph.D. in Animal Science from the University of Minnesota in 1992.

A thoughtful and steady leader, Rozeboom has demonstrated a passion for training the next generation of agricultural industry professionals through his outstanding teaching and mentoring of students. Rozeboom has significantly impacted Michigan agriculture over the past three decades through his applied research, outreach and public service. He has provided his expertise and leadership to numerous state-level agriculture committees and taskforces, helping to shape policies around farm permitting, manure management and environmental regulations.

Rozeboom has led efforts for developing methods and regulations for composting dead animals and is a nationally recognized expert on this topic. His influential work in this area not only protects the environment but does so while supporting the economic prosperity of agricultural producers and the well-being of livestock animals.

As a leading member of several Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDARD) Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices (GAAMPs) committees, Rozeboom has played a key role in developing constructive, scientifically based recommendations that protect the environment, are economically feasible, and ‘reasonable’ so that a large majority of Michigan farmers are able and willing to follow them.

Rozeboom’s leadership has impacted the ethics of raising animals and enhanced animal welfare on farms. As producers face the complexities of animal confinement or pasture-based production systems, Rozeboom has provided invaluable, research-based advice and assistance to producers. His breadth of research, teaching and outreach has benefited operations of all sizes looking for opportunities to implement his recommendations. This has helped producers maximize their economic return while still maintaining high ethical standards.

Throughout his career, Rozeboom’s work directly addressed numerous challenges facing the Michigan pork industry, including the eradication of pseudorabies, a viral disease that was devastating to the pork industry, the implementation of regulations controlling the proliferation of feral swine, advocating for a new pork processing facility in Michigan and partnering with the Michigan Pork Producers Association (MPPA) in a variety of other ways.

Rozeboom has been recognized throughout his career with numerous special honors and recognitions, including the MSU Extension Meritorious Service Award (2011), Michigan Pork Producers Association Distinguished Service Award (2002) and the MSU Extension Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute (AABI) Award (2018).


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