Three honored at Agricultural Research Station Awards Reception

The annual Agricultural Research Station awards reception and dinner took place on Jan. 11 this year. At the event, three CALS staff members were recognized for their outstanding contributions to ARS goals.John Gaska, a senior outreach specialist affiliated with the agronomy and plant pathology departments received the 2006 Recognition Award for Research. Gaska’s research focuses on soybeans, including the optimization of soybean production, the evaluation of new soybean inoculants and seed treatments, evaluation of transgenic soybeans and understanding the interactions between soybeans and their pests. Gaska has collaborated with a number of CALS scientists on experiments, and in recent years, he has taken the initiative to write grant proposals to support this research.

Madison Research Station. Under his watch, West Madison has seen a phenomenal growth in the number of field day educational programs, as well as field day attendance. He also started a new evening outreach program called “Evening Walk in the Garden,” the first of which was attended by more than 50 people.

Thomas Drendel, a CALS staff member at the Marshfield Research Station, received the 2006 ARS Staff Recognition Award for his exemplary leadership during a time of transition at Marshfield Station. He tirelessly oversaw and managed the various issues that arose during the development of the new Marshfield North farm site, and worked out the logistics of running the North farm site from the South farm offices. Currently, he is working to ensure a similarly smooth transition as the Nutrient Management Lab is built at Marshfield Station’s South farm site.

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