Dr. Randall Violett is an Associate Professor of Agriculture at Southern Utah University. He teaches Natural Resource and Range Management courses, as well as advising the Range Club.
As a member of the board of directors for the Utah Section of the Society for Range Management (SRM), the director of the SRM Youth Range and Natural Resource Camp held every year for high school aged students, Dr. Violett is active in the community. He holds committee appointments in the Western Society of Weed Science (WSWS), North America College Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA), and Utah Association of Agriculture Educators (UAAE).
Dr. Violett came to SUU from the University of Wyoming where he was a Research Associate at the Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Powell, Wyoming. During his time with UW, he conducted research on specialty crops such as canola, lintels, chickpeas, sunflowers, flax, and sainfoin as well as traditional crops such as alfalfa, barley, sugar beets, and corn. He also was able to conduct research to complete his Ph.D. dissertation titled “Foxtail barley (Hordeum jubatum) Ecology and Control in Irrigated Pastures”. A topic near and dear to him because of the problems this plant presented him on his personal sheep farm.
Dr. Violett earned a Ph.D. in agronomy from the University of Wyoming, a master’s degree in agriculture education and two bachelor degrees, one in animal science and one in agriculture education from Montana State University.
Industry Expertise (2)
Agriculture and Farming
Areas of Expertise (13)
Career Development for Public Land Management
Ecology of Western Wildlands
Livestock Management and Production
Livestock Nutrient Management
Native Plant Identification
Natural Resource/Range Management Youth Camps
Range Management for Youth
Restoring and Reclaiming Disturbed Ecosystems
Restoring and Reclaiming Disturbed Landscapes
Secondary Agriculture Education
Southern Utah Plants
Toxic Plants of the West
Teaching Award of Merit (professional)
Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year (professional)
Utah ACTE, 2018
Honorary State FFA Degree (professional)
Utah FFA Association, 2018
Outstanding Faculty Member Agriculture and Nutrition Department (professional)
Southern Utah University, 2016
Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society (personal)
Citizen of the Year (personal)
Kiwanis Powell Chapter, 2005
Agri-Science Teacher of the Year (professional)
Montana State University: M.S., Agricultural Education
University of Wyoming: Ph.D., Agronomy
Montana State University: B.S., Animal Science
Montana State University: B.S., Agricultural Science
Northeastern Jr. College: A.A., Agriculture
- National Association of Agriculture Educators (NAAE)
- North American College Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA)
- Society for Range Management (SRM)
- Society for Range Management, Utah Section, Board of Directors
- Utah Association of Agriculture Educators (UAAE)
- Utah Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE)
- Utah Society for Environmental Education (USEE)
- Western Society of Weed Science (WSWS)
Media Appearances (2)
SUU Range Club competes internationally
Iron County Today online
The Southern Utah University Range Club had the opportunity to compete in rangeland management skills on an international level at the Society for Range Management’s Annual Meeting last month.
SUU Agriculture Club to host judging contest
Iron County Today online
Members of the SUU Agriculture Club will host the 2018 FFA livestock, horse, range and agronomy judging contests next Tuesday, Sept. 25.
Research Grants (4)
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area $10,928
Vegetation monitoring in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
Southern Utah STEM Grant
Southern Utah STEM $9,250
Southern Utah STEM Grant
Agroecology Equipment Grant
Moyer Foundation $12,000
Moyer Foundation, “Agroecology Equipment Grant (2002)"
Land and Livestock Facility
Carl Perkins Grant $100,000
Carl Perkins Grant, “Land and Livestock Facility (1990-1994),” $100,000.00
Violett, R. D.
Violett, Randall (2018) “Toxic Plants of the West.” Range Science Education Council, Rangeland Teaching Clearinghouse.
Stevens, W.B., Violett, R.D., Skalsky, S.A., Mesbah, A.O.
Nitrogen management affects both the root and top biomass production of sugarbeet (Beta vulgaris L.). An interaction between genetic factors and the amount of N applied may influence variety selection for different N management and cropping systems practices. A three-year field study was conducted with the objective of comparing the relationship between applied N and root, sucrose and top yield for selected commercial sugarbeet varieties.
R.D. Violett and A.O. Mesbah
Violett, Randall, and Moore, Brad
RANG 3600/3605 Principals of Range Management
Evaluation, improvement, and perpetuation of range lands.
RANG 3800/3805 Wildland Plant Identification
Autecology, identification; value; and uses of woody, forb, grass, and grass-like species found in major plant communities of the west and central U.S.. Emphasis will be on native and important introduced.
RANG 4000 Rangeland-Ungulate Animal Relationship
Characterization of domestic and wild animal use of rangelands as related to environmental factors, foraging behavior, and nutrition needs emphasizing the interaction of rangeland and animal resources to optimize nutrient intake.
RANG 4200 Wildland Ecology
Ecology of western wildlands including major life zones, ecosystems, range plant responses and inventories, monitoring, and grazing systems. Will include current issues in wildland ecology.
RANG 4400/4405 Wildland Restoration
Fundamentals of restoring, reclaiming, and improving disturbed landscapes and ecosystems, including assessment of site conditions, restoration goals and feasibility; hydrologic, biotic, and soil function.