David Baker ’70, M.S. ’74, is a certified safety professional who joined the University of Missouri faculty in 1975.

He developed one of the nation’s leading agricultural safety programs there and is now assistant dean and program director for the Agricultural and Natural Resources Extension—one of the largest such programs in the country. His strategic investment in an innovative, pasture-based dairy program and model heifer replacement plan resulted in an estimated $121 million economic impact for Missouri and more than 1,000 new jobs.

He is on many national agriculture boards and received the Award for Superior Service from the U.S. secretary of agriculture.