Iron Solutions, the Canada West Equipment Dealers Association, and the SouthWestern Association have teamed up to establish the Bob Robeson Memorial Scholarship.

It will be given annually to support a student majoring in Agricultural Systems Management in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri. 

The first scholarship was awarded this month to University of Missouri student Dexter Barmann, a junior from Maryville, Mo., majoring in Agricultural Systems Management.

The $2,500 scholarship honors the career of Bob Robeson, a farm dealer operations expert and executive, whose knowledge of technology and precision agriculture helped equipment dealers build successful operations. Robeson started his career in 1967 with the Western Association – now the SouthWestern Association – as an accountant working with equipment dealers in Kansas and Missouri.

In the late 1990s, Robeson was a founding director of Iron Solutions and was instrumental in its growth. Robeson led Iron's Professional Services Team, working with hundreds of equipment dealers to adopt and utilize technology to manage enterprise business systems for increased profitability. He also directed the implementation and training efforts for Iron's leading customer and equipment lifecycle management services. 

In addition to his career accomplishments, Robeson served with the Military Assistance Command Vietnam 96 in 1970-71, and was an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Vietnam Veterans of America.

The annual Bob Robeson Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a student in the University of Missouri's College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, who is majoring in Agricultural Systems Management, with preference given to students who show interest in technology and precision agriculture. For more information about the scholarship, contact Mary Herring,, 615-829-8281.