Horticulture assistant professor Yi Wang and agronomy assistant professor Rodrigo Werle were recently selected to receive Alfred Toepfer Faculty Fellow Awards. The one-year award is bestowed on pre-tenure faculty whose research benefits agricultural activities within the United States and whose areas of interest lie in the scientific fields of crop research, improvements in crop yield and quality, or animal sciences.
Wang joined CALS in June 2017 as a UW–Madison assistant professor in the Department of Horticulture and a potato and vegetable sustainable production specialist with the Division of Extension. Her research and extension programs focus on developing science-based recommendations about production management – with a focus on water use and crop fertility – to members of Wisconsin’s potato and vegetable industry to help improve their profitability and sustainability.
Werle joined CALS in January 2018 as a UW–Madison assistant professor in the Department of Agronomy and a cropping systems weed scientist with the Division of Extension. His research program focuses on agroecologically-based approaches to address sustainable weed management in corn, soybeans and small grains, and his outreach efforts include developing and updating weed management recommendations for these crops for Wisconsin.
The Alfred Toepfer Faculty Fellow Award was established by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to honor the ideals and work of Alfred Toepfer, who created the foundation. Toepfer (1894-1993) was an international grain merchant and philanthropist from Hamburg, Germany. He started a small trading business in 1920 and in less than 20 years developed his firm into one of the leading European commercial grain companies. Throughout his life, he practiced his conviction that success in business should be shared with the community and the country for the common good and for the advancement of science, culture and human understanding.