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Nominations for the 2018 Justin Smith Morrill Lecture

Each year the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) joins with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) to sponsor a lecture presented at the APLU Annual Meeting. The lecture honors one of the three most important historical figures of the Land-grant University system, William Henry Hatch for research, Seaman A. Knapp for extension, and Justin Smith Morrill for whom the Morrill Act which created the Land-grant University system is named.

NIFA and APLU are seeking nominations to honor Justin Smith Morrill – the U.S. Senator primarily responsible for enactment of the historic legislation establishing the land-grant university system. The Justin Smith Morrill Memorial Lectureship is awarded to honor outstanding contemporary leadership in teaching and significant contributions as an educator. Continue reading

Send in nominations for the 2017 Seaman A. Knapp Lecture

Each year the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) joins with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) to sponsor a lecture presented at the APLU Annual Meeting. The lecture honors one of the three most important historical figures of the Land-Grant University System, William Henry Hatch for research, Seaman A. Knapp for extension, and Justin Smith Morrill for whom the Morrill Act, which created the Land-Grant University System, is named.

NIFA and APLU are seeking nominations to honor Seaman A. Knapp, the father of the Cooperative Extension concept. In 1906, Knapp initiated the county-agent plan. To promote the plan, he organized boys’ cotton and corn growing clubs and in 1910, a girls’ corn and poultry club. These organizations were the forerunners of the modern 4-H clubs. In today’s rapidly changing world, Cooperative Extension has evolved to meet the shifting local, national, and global needs of the people it serves. Continue reading

UGA’s Culpepper to receive prestigious award

by Clint Thompson, University of Georgia

World-renowned researcher Stanley Culpepper, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension weed scientist on the UGA Tifton Campus, will receive the 2016 regional Excellence in Extension Award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU).

Culpepper is this year’s Southern Region recipient – he’s one of five national recipients of the award – and will be recognized at the 129th APLU meeting in Austin, Texas, on Nov. 13. Continue reading

NCERA-208 Receives Award for Soybean Rust work

When soybean rust was discovered in Paraguay in 2001 and in Brazil in 2002, researchers in the United States began preparing for the first appearance of the disease, which has the potential to totally decimate an entire crop.

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