ASAS Fellow Extension
North Carolina State University
Dr. Steven Washburn, ASAS Fellow Extension
Dr. Steven Washburn, from a small farm in West Virginia earned degrees from WestVirginia University (BS, 1971; PhD, 1985) and UW - Madison (MS, 1973). Steve joinedASAS in 1972 and started his career with extension in WI and WV. Since 1986 hehas been an extension specialist at NC State University. Steve led early studies on theEZ-Breed CIDR, now widely used to synchronize estrus and ovulation in cattle. Steve’sleadership of multidisciplinary teams helped establish a pasture-based research dairy atCEFS leading to funding for multiple projects on research questions relevant to pasturebased systems and projects related to conservation, sustainable agriculture, and local foods. The CEFS team received the USDA Secretary’s Honor Award in 2012. Total grantsupport for Steve’s programs exceeds $5,000,000 which has supported 376 extensionand research publications and electronic products in various forms. Publications havebeen cited over 1,750 times, reflecting the quality and impact of his work. He has been amentor to many graduate students, undergraduate researchers, international interns, anddairy challenge students. Steve has received several awards including the DeLaval DairyExtension Award in 2016, the AFGC Grasslander Award in 2017, and Fellow awards inboth ASAS and ADSA in 2017. Steve and Connie have two adult children, Wendy andAndy.