Award to CALS alum recognizes her innovative agriscience education program

CALS alum Lisa Konkel was one of eight educators (and one of two from Wisconsin) selected to receive a $10,000 award given to support research funding to scientists, teachers and high-school students for exemplary innovation in the field of agricultural science.

The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation, a federal government agency, and the American Farm Bureau Federation partnered on July 12 to present the awards. CCFF Agricultural Science Educator Awards were presented to educators who emphasize concepts, principles and applications in their curriculum to promote the study of agricultural science to students.

Konkel, an agriscience educator at Big Foot Union High School in Walworth, is a 17-year veteran agricultural educator who encourages students to incorporate agribusiness and science into production practices.

The other Wisconsin recipient was Crystal Retzlaff, an agriculture educator at Oconto Falls High School in Oconto Falls.

“The winning candidates from each category have demonstrated a hunger for forward-thinking scientific knowledge,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. “The fruits of their work will be seen as America continues to leads the way in agricultural science innovation.”