Barb Baylor Anderson has served leadership roles with the American Agricultural Editors Association (AAEA) and the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA). Locally, she is a past president of the Junior Service Club of Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, and past communications chair and president of The Children’s Museum board in Edwardsville.

Anderson received an annual national leadership award from NAMA in 1999 for her efforts to organize and lead the regional conference, “Beyond Greening: Your Role in Marketing Sustainable Agriculture.” The three-day event was held in St. Louis.

Anderson won an Oscar in Agriculture for her role in helping to write a series of articles for Progressive Farmer magazine on specialty grain production.

Anderson has received merit awards for persuasive writing from NAMA and special issues coverage from the Livestock Publications Council. She was named a Master Writer by AAEA in 2015, and received the 2011 AAEA MarComm award for blog writing.

She also received the 2011 Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education Excellence Award for Media. Anderson in 2013 and 2014 received writing awards as part of a team effort from the American Society of Business Publication Editors, and the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists YARA Award for Sustainable Ag Reporting.