Alan Blaine, a Mississippi State University Extension Service specialist with almost 20 years of experience working with the state's soybean producers, has received the Mississippi Society of Agronomy's top honor.

Blaine, Extension soybean specialist, was named the organization's Agronomist of the Year during the Mississippi Crop College at MSU.

A native of McCool, Miss., Blaine earned a bachelor's degree in animal science and a master's and doctorate in agronomy at Mississippi State University.

He joined the Extension service in 1987 and has worked with soybean producers enrolled in the Soybean Management by Application of Research and Technology program since its inception in 1992. SMART is a total management program for soybean crop production.

Blaine has earned other awards for his work with Mississippi row crop producers, including a United Soybean Board Meritorious Service Award.

The Mississippi Society of Agronomy is the state chapter of the American Society of Agronomy.