Texas A&M AgriLife specialists, students receive Texas Plant Protection Association Awards

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu

BRYAN – Texas A&M AgriLife specialists, researchers and industry agriculture professionals received awards during the recent 2012 Texas Plant Protection Association Conference in Bryan.

“These individuals have made special contributions to the Texas Plant Protection Association, the annual conference and Texas agriculture,” said Dr. Ron Lacewell, association board member and head of federal relations for Texas A&M AgriLife. “We are extremely proud of these individuals and their efforts that have helped our association grow and increase in membership over the past several years.”

The awards, presented by Lacewell during the business luncheon, were given to the following individuals:

  • Dr. Mike Chandler, professor emeritus, Texas A&M department of soil and crop sciences (Academic Award)
  • Blair Fannin, Texas A&M AgriLife Communications (Ag Communications Award)
  • Glenn Crane, East Bernard Coastal Ag Services (Consultant Award)
  • Greg Steele, Monsanto (Industry Award),
  • Zach Eder, Texas A&M University (Graduate Student Award)
  • Brad Minton, Syngenta (Norman Borlaug Lifetime Achievement Award)

Also during the conference, Dr. Barron Rector, AgriLife Extension range specialist, College Station, conducted the annual pest identification contest. Those receiving awards were:

  • Gary Kennedy, independent consultant, first place
  • Brent Batchelor, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent-Matagorda County, second place
  • Gary Bradshaw, independent consultant, third place.

A poster competition was also held during the two-day conference. Student winners, all from Texas A&M, were:

  • Trevor Jones, first place
  • Zach Eder, second place
  • Danielle Dittrich, third place

For more information about the association, visit http://tppa.tamu.edu .

Annual pest identification winners were: Gary Kennedy, independent consultant, first place; Brent Batchelor, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent – Matagorda County; Gray Bradshaw, independent consultant. (Texas A&M AgriLife Communications photo by Blair Fannin)

Ray Smith presents Blair Fannin, Texas A&M AgriLife Communications, with the TPPA Ag Communications Award. (Photo courtesy Ron Smith, Southwest Farm Press)

Greg Steele of Monsanto received the Industry Award. (Texas A&M AgriLife Communications photo by Blair Fannin)

Brad Minton, Syngenta (Norman Borlaug Lifetime Achievement Award). (Texas A&M AgriLife Communications photo by Blair Fannin)

Zachary Eder, Texas A&M University, receives the Graduate Student Award. (Texas A&M AgriLife Communications photo by Blair Fannin)

Glenn Crane, East Bernard Coastal Ag Services, receives the Consultant Award. (Texas A&M AgriLife Communications photo by Blair Fannin)

 

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