John Fenderson of Stillwater, Oklahoma, completed both his agronomy bachelor’s degree
and weed science master’s degree at OSU in 1979 and 1982, respectively. Since graduation,
he has worked with Velsicol Chemical, Sandoz Crop Protection, Monsanto Co. and currently
Bayer Crop Science.
As the WestBred technical product manager, Fenderson works with a network of more
than 100 retail dealers and producers in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. His reach includes
more than 2 million acres directly and 5-6 million acres indirectly.
He has hired or been involved in the hiring of more than 20 OSU graduates during the
last 28 years in the weed science/agronomy discipline. This in turn has provided employment
opportunities for OSU students and delivered quality personnel back to Oklahoma.
Not only has agriculture been an integral part of Fenderson’s life, but his OSU roots
also run deep. In 2010, his daughter became the 17th OSU graduate in his immediate
family. Because of their support for OSU, Fenderson’s family endowed a scholarship
in honor of his parents.