LANCASTER, Pa. — Les Vough, forage agronomist with Southern Maryland RC&D Inc. and a retired University of Maryland forage crops Extension specialist, recently received the Pennsylvania Forage and Grassland Council’s Special Award during the Professional Crop Producers Conference in Lancaster.
The award is the highest recognition given by PFGC and is presented to an individual or company that has made a major contribution to the council as well as to Pennsylvania’s forage and livestock industry or conservation farming, said David Fink, PFGC president.
The recipient’s contribution may have been in production agriculture, industry, research, Extension teaching or other public service.
Vough retired from the University of Maryland in 2006 after 34 years of Extension and research experience in Oregon and Maryland. Since then, he has been employed with Southern Maryland RC&D Inc., providing the farming community with technical assistance for grazing plans, as well as serving as a member of the technical resources team for the Maryland Grazers Network.
He has written numerous Extension publications, scientific journal articles, book chapters and media articles, including a popular and widely distributed Extension fact sheet on evaluating hay quality.
In addition to all his other activities, he is also involved in a hay production and marketing operation with his brother in Somerset County, Pa.
“Les is respected by his colleagues across the country and by farmers throughout both Maryland and Pennsylvania,” Fink said. “He has always been a big supporter of Pennsylvania forage agriculture and the PFGC. ... He has also served as judge for the hay shows at both Ag Progress Days and the Pennsylvania Farm Show for many years.”