FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 2, 2011
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Local Champaign County Grazier Rounds Up 2011 Distinguished Grasslander Award
Champaign, IL—Richard G. Hungerford, Jr. of Mahomet, Illinois was
recently awarded the 2011 American Forage and Grasslands Council’s (AFGC)
Distinguished Grasslander Award this summer at AFGC’s annual conference held in
French Lick, Indiana. Hungerford is known locally and across the state for his
knowledge, experience, and passion for grasslands, pastures, and livestock
management issues of all kinds. His commitment to the science and art of good
grazing earned him the status of AFGC’s Distinguished Grasslander because
Richard has worked so long with grazing issues and successful natural resource
management in both his professional and private life.
Richard grew up in Odessa, Texas. He attended college and earned a Bachelor of
Science degree in Forestry from Stephen F. Austin University and Range
Management from Sul-Russ State University. Richard began his career with USDA’s
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Texas as a range
conservationist in Archer City, followed by positions in Del Rio. He served as
District Conservationist in Nacogdoches, Texas and Area Range Conservationist in
Pecos, Texas where he assisted ranchers to develop grazing plans and
successfully apply grazing management practices. Later he was promoted to NRCS’
Resource Conservationist position in North Dakota where he worked for 6.5 years
and trained both agency employees and ranching clients in planning and applying
grazing management systems.
Richard then became a Rangeland Management Specialist at the USDA-NRCS National
Technical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. From Lincoln he brought his talents here
to Illinois where he has worked diligently to promote forage management and
grazing practices across the state.
He currently serves as State Resource Conservationist for USDA-NRCS in
Champaign. He is a member of the American Forage and Grassland Council and the
IL Forage and Grassland Council. As a Society for Range Management member,
Richard is a Certified Professional in Range Management. According to friends,
colleagues, and clients, Richard has a natural gift for training and teaching
others in both technical and practical terms; he can make any training material
easier to understand and has a willingness to partner up with others to find
solutions that work.
For the last 35 years, Richard’s passion has been grazing and forage management.
He has worked hard to teach others what he has learned and was honored to
receive the AFGC’s award. Congratulations to Illinois’ very own ‘cowboy’!
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