Huntland resident Dr. Vivien Gore Allen has a stellar track record in agriculture and was duly recognized for her accomplishments on Nov. 13 by receiving the Crop Science Society of America’s Presidential Award.
The award presentation occurred at the organization’s annual meeting in San Antonia, Texas, where the society and its sister organizations — the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America — accommodated about 4,000 scientists, professionals, educators and students in an event titled “Embracing the Digital Environment.”
The Crop Science Society of America is an international scientific guild composed of more than 6,000 members.
Allen is retired from her career as a university agriculture professor and owns and operates GoreLawn Farms, an Angus cattle farm in Huntland that was originally purchased in the late 1800s by her grandparents, Gustavus Adolphus and Mary Belle Templeton Gore.
She was previously the Paul Whitfield Horn professor emeritus at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.
Allen is widely recognized for leading an international team that published “An International Terminology for Grazing Lands and Grazing Animals.”
The Presidential Award is a unique recognition for individuals who have made a lasting impact to crop science.
Crop Science Society President Beth Guertal explained the award’s significance.
“This award is given to persons who have influenced the science or practice of crop production so greatly that the impact of their efforts will be enduring on future science,” she said. “Their work may have enhanced the yield or quality of crops, improved the potential utility of crop products, provided breakthrough techniques or unique materials for progress by others, or improved our understanding of some aspect of crop science.
“But the fundamental criterion is that their influence be such a lasting and important one in the area of crops and their production that their impact will be long-lasting.”
Allen said receiving the accolades is a humbling experience.
“I feel profoundly honored by it,” she said, adding that the award is the Crop Science Society’s top honor, and she is grateful to be thought of so highly by her peers.
Allen said the society focuses on agricultural approaches that have far-reaching and long-lasting impacts, and she couldn’t have succeeded in her chosen career path without the help of so many others who are outstanding in the field.
“There have been so many people who have been a part of this, and it couldn’t have happened without a team effort,” she said. “You don’t do this without the help of your students, friends and colleagues who were there to continually assist and help along the way.
“This is a significant honor in my profession, and I am deeply honored to receive it.”
In her career path, Allen is a Crop Science Society past president, a past president of The American Forage and Grassland Council, and she was the second U.S. citizen to chair the International Grassland Congress Continuing Committee.
Allen has authored and co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and directed the graduate programs for more than 30 students.
While at Texas Tech, she was leader of the long-term, integrated, cotton-forage-cattle systems research.
System impacts on water and energy use, crop growth, cattle gains, carbon, nitrogen, soil health, economics, and other system effects were studied by Allen and her multidisciplinary colleagues.
Allen and her team secured funding to create The Texas Alliance for Water Conservation, a long-term, 6,000-acre, nine-county, producer-managed comparison of cropping and crop-livestock systems for water conservation.