ANDERSON, SC – Dr. Matthew G. Burns, State Beef Specialist/Livestock and Forage Program Team Leader with the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service, has been recognized as one of the ‘Twenty Under Forty’ Outstanding Young Leaders in the upstate region of South Carolina by the Anderson INDEPENDENT MAIL newspaper and Anderson University. The prestigious award was presented to Dr. Burns by Dr. Evans Whitaker, President of Anderson University, during a recognition luncheon at the Bleckley Inn Carriage House in Anderson on October 28, 2019.
Burns, a 2005 graduate of Clemson University with a B.S. in Animal and Veterinary Science, earned an M.S. in Animal Science and Industry from Kansas State University in 2007 and was awarded a Ph.D. in Animal and Veterinary Sciences by Clemson University in 2012.
An adjunct professor in the Food and Packaging Science Department at Clemson, Dr. Burns serves as the Clemson University liaison to the SC Farm Bureau Beef Cattle Advisory Committee, the SC
Beef Council and the SC Cattlemen Association.
Dr. Burns receives substantial federal funding each year to develop and promote programs to enhance the beef cattle business. He was recently awarded a trip to Argentina by the USDA to study beef cattle grazing programs.
A dynamic public relations leader for the animal industry, Dr. Burns is actively involved in state, regional and national beef cattle conferences as a featured speaker.
The recipient of the Communications Award from the National Association of Agricultural Agents, Dr. Burns has also received the Extension Educator Award from the SC Association of Agricultural Agents. He was honored earlier this year by the SC Cattlemen Association with its Educator of the Year Award and named the Outstanding Young Alumnus by the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences at Clemson University.
Dr. Burns is married to Dr. Ashley Burns, a native of Marietta, Georgia, who serves as Assistant State Director of the South Carolina 4-H Program. Together, they have a five-year-old daughter named Eleanor. He is the son of Gary and Sarah Burns of Pendleton, South Carolina. His father, now retired, managed the Clemson University Beef and Sheep Farm for 36 years, and his mother is Coordinator of Grants and Special Projects with Anderson School District Five.
Dr. Burns was nominated for the ‘Twenty Under Forty’ Outstanding Young Leader Award by John W. Parris, Director of the South Carolina Agri-News Service