Neely new president of Texas Plant Protection Association

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

BRYAN – Dr. Clark Neely, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service small grain specialist in College Station, has been announced as the new president of the Texas Plant Protection Association at the annual conference held recently in Bryan.

(Left) Dr. Kranthi Mandadi, Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Weslaco, has served as Texas Plant Protection Association president for the past year. Mandadi passed the president’s gavel to Dr. Clark Neely, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service small grains specialist in College Station, who became the new incoming association president at the 30th annual conference in Bryan. (Texas A&M AgriLife Research photo by Blair Fannin)

Dr. Sandy Pierson, department head for plant pathology and microbiology at Texas A&M University in College Station, received the Academic Award at the Texas Plant Protection Association Conference in Bryan. Pictured is past president Kranthi Mandadi, Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist at Weslaco, and Ray Smith, association board chairman. (Texas A&M AgriLife Research photo by Blair Fannin)

Ken Smith, FMC Corp. Texas representative, received the Norman Borlaug Lifetime Achievement Award at the Texas Plant Protection Association Conference in Bryan. Also pictured is Ray Smith, board chairman. (Texas A&M AgriLife Research photo by Blair Fannin)

Neely became the new association president after Dr. Kranthi Mandadi, Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist at Weslaco, who served in the presiding role this past year.

Awards were also given at the conference in the following categories:

  • Industry Award:
    Jimmy Schulz, SureGrow consultant, Wharton.
  • Consultant Award:
    Peter Bruno, independent consultant, Burr.
  • Academic Award:
    Dr. Sandy Pierson, department head for plant pathology and microbiology, Texas A&M University in College Station.
  • Norman Borlaug Lifetime Achievement Award:
    Ken Smith, FMC Corp., Texas representative.

 

  • Pest Identification Contest:
    Dr. Webb Wallace, Harlingen, first place.
    Travis Janek, second place.
    Dale Mott, College Station, third place.
     
  • Poster Award Winners:
    Ph.D. student category:
    James Griffin, Texas A&M department of soil and crop sciences, first place.
    Gregory Wilson, Texas A&M department of entomology, second place.
    Timothy Wang, Texas A&M department of biological and agricultural engineering, third place.

    Master’s student category:
    Ryan Gilreath, Texas A&M department of entomology, first place.
    Subin Neupane, Texas A&M department of entomology, second place.
    Bojana Pilipovic, Texas A&M department of soil and crop sciences, third place.

For more about the association, visit http://texasplantprotection.com/ .

 

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