Beyrouty plans to meet with farm leaders, discuss relationships

Senior Editor

(Sept. 15, 2015) Dr. Craig Beyrouty will drive onto the College Park campus of the University of Maryland on Monday, Nov. 2, to begin work as the new dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
And it won’t be too much longer after that, he says, that he will begin the task of improving relationship between the college and its related Extension program and the state’s farmers and agricultural industry.
Beyrouty is aware of that schism.
It came to him in a seven-page report from a Maryland Farm Bureau work group that detailed the extent of what the group alleges is a breach of the university’s land grant mission.
Beyrouty expects to be in Maryland next week, still in a search of a place to call home.
On his most recent trip here from Fort Collins, Colo., he attended the eighth annual Buy Local Cookout at Government House in Annapolis on July 16 where me met and chatted briefly with Chuck Fry, Maryland Farm Bureau president.
“I intend to sit down as soon as possible with Fry and other farm leaders to talk about this disconnent,” the new dean said.
“The Farm Bureau is such an important organization and agriculture is so vital to the economy of the state. We have to do the right thing. ... It must be relevant and impactful,” Beyrouty added.
Those sentiments were very much in tune with the incoming dean’s brief address at this summer’s Maryland Commodity Classic where he was introduced to the state’s farm community and where he pledged his allegiance, so to speak, to the land grant mission.
Beyrouty has been involved in teaching, research, and Extension for more than 35 years.
Since 2009, he has served as dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Colorado State University.
As the chief administrative and academic officer of the college, he has oversight of the college’s programs, budgets, research, outreach, and international activities.
Since 2013, Beyrouty has served concurrently as director of the Agricultural Experiment Station at Colorado State University — which operates research centers in eight locations throughout Colorado.