Extension Professional Staff
David J. Robson
Extension Specialist, Pesticide Safety
Department of Crop Sciences
1013 Plant Science Lab
1201 S. Dorner Dr. MC-634
Urbana, IL 61801
David Robson is a campus-based Extension Specialist, Pesticide Safety Education Program, providing pesticide training for those with commercial and private pesticide licenses, as well educational programming in horticulture. Previously, he served 30 years as a horticulture educator based in Springfield. He received a bachelor's degree in horticulture from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, and a master's degree in education from the University of Illinois. He has been employed by the University of Illinois Extension since 1980.
Robson is a member of Gamma Sigma Delta, Epsilon Sigma Phil (ESP), Illinois Extension Agricultural Agents (IEAA) and National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA).
He served on the University's Council of Academic Professional from 2000 until 2006, serving two terms as chair. He has served on the UI-UC Provost Search committee and is a member of the Provost's Academic Professional Taskforce.
He has received more than 30 state, regional and national communications awards from IEAA and NACAA. He is a past recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from NACAA and National Junior Horticulture Association, University of Illinois Extension Service Outstanding and Innovative Program Awards, the ESP Mid-Career Service Award. He was a 2006 recipient of the Chancellor's Academic Professional Excellence award.
He is a past President of the Springfield Civic Garden Club, and is currently a Master Judge and Instructor for the National Garden Clubs, Inc. He has served on the board of several community organizations including Lincoln Memorial Garden and as a founding member of the Springfield Park District Foundation.
Robson is a Pesticide Safety Specialist with the University of Illinois Extension, housed in the Department of Crop Sciences. His areas of specialties include Private Applicator training, Commercial applicator training, and home and commercial horticulture with an emphasis on woody and herbaceous ornamentals. Robson also works on invasive species in IL, with current emphasis on Emerald Ash Borer and woody invasives.