Agronomy professor Bill Tracy has been elected Fellow of the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), an honor bestowed on only 0.3% of the society’s active and emeritus members for “professional achievements and meritorious service.” The official presentation of 2018 CSSA Fellows took place at a special awards ceremony on Nov. 6, 2018, during the CSSA’s annual meeting in Baltimore, MD.
Here is Tracy’s bio, included in the CSSA announcement about this honor:
William F. Tracy is a professor in the department of agronomy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a sweet corn breeder and studies the genetics and physiology of sweet corn quality and productivity. He received his B.S. and M.S. in plant and soil science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and his Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Biometry from Cornell University. In 1984, after brief stints in industry at the International Plant Research Institute and Cargill Inc., Bill joined the department of agronomy at UW-Madison as an assistant professor. He served as department chair for 15 years and as interim dean for 14 months. Bill has taught intro agronomy “Principles and Practices for Crop Production” for 35 years and advises undergraduate and graduate students in agronomy, plant breeding, and agroecology. Bill has developed sweet corn inbreds that are in commerce on every continent where sweet corn is grown. He thanks his mentors, students, and colleagues for their support.