Emerging Scholar Award
Univeristy: Texas A&M AgriLife Research
Section Awarded: Southern
W. Brandon Smith, Emerging Scholar Award
William "Brandon" Smith is a native of Slocomb, AL. He received dual B.S. degrees from Auburn University (agronomy & soils; animal sciences) in 2012 and an M.S. from the University of Arkansas (ruminant nutrition) in 2014. Currently, Brandon is a Ph.D. student at Texas A&M University specializing in forage agronomy and the forage-animal interface. His undergraduate research centered around production practices to improve annual ryegrass yield in Alabama, and his MS research focused on limit-feeding byproduct feedstuffs. Currently, Brandon is pursuing his Ph.D. at Texas A&M University to evaluate the use of DDGS in stocker supplementation programs on actively-growing warm season perennial pastures. Brandon has 1 manuscript in addition to 6 extension papers, 1 book chapter, 2 popular press articles and 26 abstracts. He is a past Graduate Director of both the Am. Soc. Anim. Sci. and Am. Soc. Agron. Boards of Directors. Brandon plans to finish his program May 2017.