Honored Scientist of the Russian Federation, Doctor of Agricultural Sciences, Professor, Honorary Worker of Higher Professional Education of the Russian Federation, Full Academician of the International Academy of Agrarian Education, and the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences.
Usanova Zoya Ivanovna is a prominent scientist in plant growing who has made a great contribution to the development of the theory and practice of forming highly productive field crops. More than 500 scientific papers have been published in this area, including 20 books and monographs, has 5 patents for inventions.
Head of the scientific school "Formation of highly productive agrocenoses of field crops and the development of environmentally friendly technologies in crop production". She trained 34 candidates of sciences for this school, more than 200 graduates - agronomists (specialists and bachelors). She is the author of the Skorospelka earth pear variety. Under the leadership of Zoya Ivanovna, progressive methods and technologies for the cultivation of winter and spring grain crops, sugar beets, corn, potatoes, and Jerusalem artichoke have been developed and introduced into agricultural production.
For conscientious work and successes achieved in scientific activity, the introduction of scientific achievements into production, Z.I. Usanova was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labor, 1973, 3 medals, including the Veteran of Labor (1988), as well as the badge "For Merit in the development of the Tver region ”(2002). Z.I. Usanova's vigorous scientific activity, the introduction of scientific achievements into production were marked with numerous awards: medals named after A.S. Popov, N. I. Vavilov, T. S. Maltsev, medals from VDNKh and Diplomas.