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Awards / Honors

Celebrate! CSU Milestone: Bruce Bosley, 25 years

April 8, 2013
By Enes Ozekin

CSU is honoring faculty and staff who have reached service milestones during the 2012-13 fiscal year at the annual Celebrate! CSU Milestones event, 3-5 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, in the Lory Student Center Theatre.

Bruce BosleyColorado native Bruce Bosley has dedicated his life to helping area farmers manage their crops more effectively.

Born in Grand Junction, Bosley and his family moved to Northern Colorado when he was very young. He went to high school in Loveland and his father worked in Greeley.  Bosley attended the University of Colorado as an Environmental Biology major and later received his master’s degree in Crops Horticulture from Colorado State.

Bosley married his wife, Cathy, in 1975 – they have two daughters, Alicia and Betsy, both graduates of Colorado State.

Immersed in Agriculture

Bosley started his career at CSU in 1988 when he became an extension agronomist for Logan County.

After three years in his County Extension Agent position, he was promoted to County Extension Director and Agronomist for Morgan County. Ten years later, Bosley became an extension agent in cropping systems and natural resources for Morgan, Loga, and Sedgwick counties.

“As an extension agent, I had the blessing to work with Dr. Gary Peterson and Dr. Dwayne Westfall on their agroecosystems research in a wheat-based multi-crop rotational system,” Bosley said.  “We helped to start a snowball effect with our research on cropping systems. More than half of wheat farmers in Colorado are currently implementing our research in one way or another.”

Commitment to Sustainability

“Working with sustainability has been very rewarding,” Bosley said. “During my career, I have served on the board of directors for the Colorado Conservation Tillage Association for six years, and I continue to work with wheat and alfalfa.”

In 1996, Bosley helped establish a precision agriculture research project. In a short time, the job became a much larger project than he or his colleagues ever imagined.

“It was cutting-edge at the time, showing how to use GPS/GIS in agriculture,” Bosley said.  “We discovered that precision agriculture helped make farms more profitable by showing which areas of a field to focus resources on.”  

He says it was a waste of money to attempt to even out the yield throughout the field; instead, it was more cost-effective to invest in the higher yield areas.  Bosley says his biggest joy comes from helping others continue their farming lifestyles.

“For me, the one thing I want to accomplish is to help farmers and ranchers realize their potential and to use what they have to enrich lives of all Coloradoans,” he said.

“Profitability, sustainability and quality of life are the most important things,” he said. “I want to enrich people’s lives through education. It’s all about meeting their goals while still being able to see life’s big picture.”

To personally congratulate a Milestones honoree or group of honorees, please email your celebratory message to no later than Tuesday, May 7. Your message might be used during the Celebrate! CSU Milestones event on May 9.


Contact: Brent Waugh