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Texas Tech University's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources recognized seven distinguished alumni on Monday (Sept. 13) at the university's McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center.
The 2021 Distinguished Alumni & Outstanding Young Alumni Awards honor graduates who've made significant contributions to society, and whose accomplishments and careers have brought distinction to the college and to the professions associated with agriculture and natural resources.
The recipient of this year's Plant & Soil Science Distinguished Alumni Award is Monte Rouquette of Overton, Texas. He received a master's degree in forage cropping systems (1967) from Texas Tech. His bachelor's and doctorate degrees are from Texas A&M University. He currently serves as professor of Forage Physiology with Texas A&M's Department of Soil and Crop Sciences in Overton, Texas. During his more than five decades with Texas A&M AgriLife Research. During his career he developed a novel forage-pasture program that assesses sustainable management strategies for beef production. Rouquette is an invited spokesman at pasture and cow-calf clinics, and provides soil-plant-animal expertise to scientists, stakeholders, industry, students and county extension agents. He is co-founder of the “Pasture and Livestock Management Workshop for the Novice.” Rouquette serves as co-chairman of the Forage-Pasture Program at Texas A&M. He was named a Fellow by the Crop Science Society (2010) and has been a Texas A&M System Regents Fellow since 2000.