College of Agriculture & Applied Sciences
Outstanding Graduate Mentor of the Year
Earl Creech is an Associate Professor and Extension Agronomist in the Department of Plants, Soils, and Climate at Utah State University. In his research and Extension efforts at USU, Earl works to address critical agronomic issues facing farmers and ranchers in Utah and throughout the West. Since arriving at USU in 2010, he has served as major professor to 12 MS students and 2 PhD students, authored or co-authored 60 refereed publications for scientific and Extension audiences, and secured nearly $8 million in external funding as PI or co-PI. In his Extension responsibilities, he has delivered 234 presentations field days, workshops, conferences, and industry sponsored events across Utah and throughout the West, reaching a total audience of just under 20,000. Earl has also organized 35 major field days and other events and conducted an additional 219 field tours of his research and demonstration plots for small groups of Extension personnel, growers, and/or industry representatives. He was recognized as the 2013 Outstanding New Extension Specialist at USU and currently serves as President of the Western Society of Crop Science and on the Editorial Board of Agronomy Journal.