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Awards and Recognition

Saskatchewan Order of Merit


Brian Rossnagel - Saskatchewan Order of Merit

Brian Rossnagel, U of S Distinguished Chair and Professor Emeritus with the Department of Plant Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources, is the recipient of a 2012 Saskatchewan Order of Merit.  The province's highest honour, the Saskatchewan Order of Merit recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to the well-being of the province and its residence.  The recipients will be officially invested into the Saskatchewan Order of Merit during a ceremony in Saskatoon on November 27.


Dr. Brian Rossnagel has devoted his career to increasing economic returns and reducing business risk for agricultural producers.  He has worked on more than 100 research projects advancing science in agriculture, collaborating with researchers from disciplines in plant breeding and genetics, grain quality, human and animal nutrition, pathology and agronomy.

With results adding farm-gate receipts in the billions of dollars and additional contributions through value-added processing through livestock feed, food applications and beverages, Dr. Rossnagel has made notable contributions to the development and advancement of this industry in Western Canada. He has brought recognition to Canada’s barley and oat industries establishing linkages between public institutions and private companies within our province, across our nation and internationally.

He has been involved in the development of 94 improved oat and barley varieties which have been cultivated on more than 50 million acres across Western Canada.  Most notable are CDC Dancer oat, CDC McGwire hulless barley and CDC Dolly feed barley; all widely grown on the prairies and have raised the grain yield and improved end-use value.  He has played a leading role in developing a market for hulless barley which offers utility for feed, food, and industrial uses.

Among many professional and volunteer activities, he served as president of the Canadian Western Agribition, as a board member for Prairieland Park Corporation, AgWest Bio, the Saskatchewan Advisory Council on Crops, the Prairie Registration Recommending Committee and was an advisor to the Saskatchewan Seed Growers Association.  He served as co-chair of the International Barley Genetics Symposia, Chair of the International Oat Conference, as an ex-officio member of the USDA Barley Crop Germplasm Committee and as the Canadian representative on the North American Barley Genome Mapping Project Steering Committee.

Dr. Rossnagel is a Fellow of the Agricultural Institute of Canada, the Canadian Society of Agronomy and an honorary member of both the Saskatchewan and Canada Seed Growers Association.  He is a recipient of the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologist’s Distinguished Agrologist Award, the University of Saskatchewan’s Award for Distinction in Extension and Public Service, the American Oatworkers Conference Distinguished Service to Oat Improvement Award, the Kirylchuk Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Western Canadian Oat Industry, was inducted into the Saskatchewan Agriculture Hall of Fame and is currently a University of Saskatchewan Distinguished Chair. 

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