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Randall Violett - Southern Utah University. Cedar City, UT, US

Randall Violett Randall Violett

Associate Professor of Agriculture | Southern Utah University


Dr. Violett specializes in natural resource and range management, livestock production, and secondary agriculture education.



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.






Major Decisions: Agriculture, Southern Utah 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

Rangeland Restoration

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

Accomplishments (7)

Teaching Award of Merit (professional)

NACTA, 2018

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, 1993

Education (5)

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

Affiliations (8)

  • 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.

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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.

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Research Grants (4)

Vegetation Monitoring

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

Articles (5)

Toxic Plants of the West Range Science Education Council, Rangeland Teaching Clearinghouse

Violett, R. D.

Violett, Randall (2018) “Toxic Plants of the West.” Range Science Education Council, Rangeland Teaching Clearinghouse.

Response of eight sugarbeet varieties to increasing nitrogen application. I. Root, sucrose, and top yield Journal of Sugar Beet Research

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.

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Scientists Try to Outfox Foxtail Barley in Irrigated Pastures University of Wyoming College of Agriculture Reflections Magazine

R.D. Violett and A.O. Mesbah


Foxtail Barley (Hordeum jubatum L.) Control with Imazapic Western Society of Weed Science. Vol 60.

Violett, Randall


Middle School Agricultural Education: Playing a Large Role in Agricultural Literacy The Agricultural Education Magazine. 68(9)

Violett, Randall, and Moore, Brad


Courses (5)

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.