Vance Owens is a National Program Leader in the Institute of Food Production and Sustainability, Division of Plant Systems – Production. Before joining NIFA, Vance was on the faculty at South Dakota State University from 1996 to 2020. He served in Extension, research, teaching, and administrative capacities at SDSU. His research and extension activities focused on forage and biomass crop production and management. He also served as director of the North Central Regional Sun Grant Center.