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Many CALS faculty and staff share in CES ag and natural resource program awards

A number of CALS faculty and staff members were among those who received special recognition from their peers in UW-Extension’s Agriculture and Natural Resources program for outstanding work, leadership and program innovation.

The Fresh Market and Commercial Vegetable Team received the Agriculture and Natural Resources program area Team/Workgroup Leadership and Responsiveness Award. That team includes A.J. Bussan, Alex Crockford, Jed Colquhoun, Amanda Gevens, Nav Ghimire, Russ Groves, Bill Halfman, Richard Halopka, Matt Ruark, Tim Rehbein, Ken Schroeder, Keith Vander Velde, and Ken Williams. This team has efficiently and effectively worked together to identify important needs of producers, industry, university, and the community. With a systems approach, the team evaluates and optimizes the productivity and management of pests, diseases, and weeds in vegetable crops, namely, potato, carrot, snap bean, sweet corn, and mint. These team members have successfully competed for state, regional, and national grant funding in the current amount of $22.5 million to support research programs which aid in the advancement and optimization of crop management recommendations in the state of Wisconsin and beyond.

The Integrated Pest Management (ICPM) web development team received the Program Innovation award.  Team members include: Mimi Broeske, A.J. Bussan, Scott Chapman, Jed Colquhoun, Shawn Conley, Eileen Cullen, Vince Davis, Paul Esker, Laura Ward Good, Russ Groves, Dan Heider, Brian Hudelson, Bryan Jensen, Paul Kivlin, Deana Knuteson, Carrie Laboski, John Panuska, John Peters, Richard Proost, Mark Renz, Matt Ruark, Roger Schmidt, Ron Schuler, Kevin Shelley, Walt Stevenson, John Stier, Scott Sturgul, Amber Weisenberger and Dick Wolkowski. The team has invested many years of work, creativity, and innovation into the comprehensive Integrated IPCM website and the related suite of products that includes blogs, Twitter and other RSS-based feeds, podcasts, YouTube videos, and smartphone apps. It features contributions from a broad spectrum of UW-Extension, Cooperative Extension and UW-Madison CALS faculty, staff, and programs from departments including Horticulture, Agronomy, Entomology, Soil Science, and Plant Pathology.

Pat Hoffman, Dairy Science Specialist at the Marshfield Research Station received ANRE’s  Outstanding UW-Extension Specialist Award in recognition of his exemplary leadership and contributions in developing research-based educational programs.  One nominator said, “From his outpost in Marshfield, this Pat has revolutionized the dairy heifer industry. He has been one of the nation’s most respected scholars in the field of calf and heifer management during an unprecedented period of expansion among commercial dairy farms including their young stock management needs. He has held a variety of leadership roles, and has been a founder and active member of the Professional Dairy Heifer Growers Association. Pat has played an integral role in the planning and implementation of the UW-Madison Integrated Dairy Facility.”