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NAPB to Honor Two Distinguished Scientists at Annual Meeting

Receiving the NAPB Early Career Award will be Maria Salas Fernandez, an assistant professor in the Department of Agronomy at Iowa State University.
At its 2015 annual meeting July 28-30, the National Association of Plant Breeders will honor two people recognized for their accomplishments in their field.
Receiving the NAPB Early Career Award will be Maria Salas Fernandez, an assistant professor in the Department of Agronomy at Iowa State University. She initiated and leads a sorghum field breeding program at ISU to develop germplasm for forage and biofuel production adapted to the Midwest. The Early Career Award recognizes a young public or private sector scientist who is active in the plant breeding field.

Receiving the NAPB Lifetime Achievment Award — which recognizes an individual who has given distinguished long-term service to the plant breeding discipline — will be Ted Crosbie.

Crosbie retired in March 2014 as the R&D lead for the Integrated Farming Systems (IFS) platform, which he started as a member of Monsanto’s Global Strategy Group in January of 2010. In this role, he pioneered the effort to develop and implement Monsanto’s agronomic solutions and precision agriculture programs for farmers.
The annual meeting takes place in Pullman, Washington. The theme for this year’s gathering is “Identifying and utilizing genetic diversity.”
The NAPB annual meeting provides opportunities for private and public plant breeders and students to network and build professional relationships. Informational sessions offer opportunities to learn from plant breeders at all stages of career development, including innovative and successful methods, emerging and relevant technologies, and scientific advances.
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