2019 Lecturer | Dr. Deanna Osmond

About the Lecturer

Dr. Deanna Osmond works at the interface of nutrient management, conservation practices, and water quality in the Crop and Soil Science Department at North Carolina University. For the past 25 years she has conducted field- and watershed-scale experiments to find conservation practices, including nutrient management, that reduce nutrient loading, especially in impaired watersheds. As an extension specialist, she then provides these research results to farmers, agency personnel, and citizens. She has led several national or regional projects to determine the effectiveness of conservation efforts at the watershed scale not only North Carolina but also nationally. Importantly, she has worked to transfer lessons learned from these projects to multiple stakeholders.

Dr. Osmond is a Professor of Soil Fertility, Associate Department Head and Extension Leader at North Carolina State University. Her research is focused on agricultural production, reduction of agricultural pollutants through the use of conservation practices including riparian buffers and the development of decision support systems that both function at the watershed-scale and are applicable to field-scale soil fertility issues. These systems are designed to allow maximum user flexibility, yet to provide reliable information and answers.
Dr. Osmond is a fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America, and a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award by the American Society of Agronomy.


Notable recent awards include:

  • Agronomic Extension Education Award, American Society of Agronomy
  • Distinguished Service Award, Corn Growers Association of NC
  • Professional Achievement Award – Water Quality, Hugh Hammond Bennett Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society


  • Ph.D., Agronomy, Cornell University
  • M.S., Soil Science, NC State University
  • B.S., Agronomy and Anthropology, Kansas State University