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Yet another exciting conference comes to an end.  Our past president will be providing us with a recap shortly.

2011 Award Winners

Congratulations to Michael A. Foster (Research Scientist, Texas A&M University) on receiving this year's 2011 Anson E. "Tommy" Thompson Career Achievement Award.  This award is given to the person who throughout his or her career has made significant contributions to the development and/or utilization of industrial crops and/or products.  Mike’s forty plus year career in industrial crops is highlighted by many milestones associated with promoting industrial crops.  His service to the Association for the Advancement of Industrial Crops is exemplary and includes many leadership roles: secretary, division chair (Guayule and Natural Rubber, Natural Rubber and Resins), president, conference chair, representative to CAST, and editorial board member for Industrial Crops and Products.  Mike’s guayule research resulted in major breakthroughs in stand establishment that resulted in direct seeding rather than transplanting.  His research defined the management practices central to guayule production resulting in him becoming the recognized authority on guayule production.  Mike also worked with lesquerella and several oilseeds (castor, canola, cotton, and safflower) for adaptation to west Texas.  His list of awards, publications, grants, and meetings is robust and indicative of a great scientist with a life-long dedication and commitment to new and industrial crops, but what sets Mike apart from most is his ability to attract individuals, coordinate and motivate them into a productive team, and lead them to truly excel in the quality and quantity of their work.  Mike’s leadership style coupled with his scientific skills has resulted in a career bursting with accomplishments that broke down barriers and resulted in industry changing breakthroughs for enhancing production of industrial crops.

 The Gail A. Dahlquist Award was presented to Dr. Mark P. Widrlechner (Horticulturist, USDA-ARS-NCRPIS). This award is given to a person who has effectively promoted the study and/or development of industrial crops and/or products.  Mark’s career portrays a long and productive integration of collection, evaluation, and preservation of industrial crops.  His germplasm involvement includes pioneering use of molecular marker technology, establishing medicinal plant collections, and providing oversight regarding establishment of the Ornamental Plant Germplasm Center in Columbus, Ohio.  Mark’s dedication, passion, and expertise in plant germplasm has truly embraced and enhanced the national germplasm system.

 

AAIC 2011 Best Paper Presentation Awards (by Division)

 

Best Fibers and Cellulosics Division Paper Presentation

 

 FORMULATION OF A BIODEGRADABLE, ODOR-REDUCING CAT LITTER FROM SOLVENT-EXTRACTED CORN DRIED DISTILLERS GRAINS

 

Steven F. Vaughn1, Mark A. Berhow1, Jill K. Winkler-Moser1, and Edward Lee2

 

1National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, USDA-ARS, Peoria, IL 61604, USA

2Summit Seed, Inc., Manteno, IL 60950, USA

 

Best Oilseed Division Paper Presentation

 

COLLECTION AND EVALUATION OF FIELD PENNYCRESS (THLASPI ARVENSE L.) POPULATIONS

 

Winthrop B. Phippen and Mary E. Phippen

 

School of Agriculture, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL 61455, USA

 

Best Medicinal and Nutraceuticals Division Paper Presentation

 

JUNEBERRY CULTIVAR EVALUATION IN NORTH DAKOTA

 

Naa Korkoi Ardayfio1 and Harlene Hatterman-Valenti1

 

1North Dakota State University, Plant Sciences Dept., Loftsgard Hall, Fargo, ND 58108, USA

Best Natural Rubber and Resins Division Paper Presentation

PROPERTIES OF NATURAL FIBER/SOY-BASED POLYURETHANE BIOCOMPOSITES

 

Sethu Munusamy, Michael Ehresmann, Shanshan Huo, and Chad A. Ulven

 

Mechanical Engineering Department, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 58102, USA

 

AAIC 2011 Best Poster Awards (by Division) 

 

Best Oilseed Division Poster Presentation

 

CAMELINA (CAMELINA SATIVA L.) SEED YIELD RESPONSE TO NITROGEN, SULFUR, AND PHOSPHORUS FERTILIZER IN SOUTH CENTRAL CHILE

 

Alejandro Solis1, Marisol Berti1,2, Rosemarie Wilckens1, Wilson González1,

and Burton L. Johnson2

 

1Facultad de Agronomía, Universidad de Concepción, Chillan, Chile

2Dept. of Plant Sciences, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, USA

Best General Crops Division Poster Presentation

ADAPTATION SCREENING FOR NEW PULSES IN NORTH DAKOTA

 

Kuhu Sahu and Burton L. Johnson

 

North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 58108, USA

 

 

2011 AAIC Student Travel Award

 Congratulations to Alejandro Solis, Universidad de ConcepciónAlejandro presented his work;

 

CAMELINA (CAMELINA SATIVA L.) SEED YIELD RESPONSE TO NITROGEN, SULFUR, AND PHOSPHORUS FERTILIZER IN SOUTH CENTRAL CHILE

 

Alejandro Solis1, Marisol Berti1,2, Rosemarie Wilckens1, Wilson González1,

and Burton L. Johnson2

 

1Facultad de Agronomía, Universidad de Concepción, Chillan, Chile

2Dept. of Plant Sciences, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, USA

 

2011 AAIC Fibers and Cellulosics Division Travel Grant Award

Congratulations to Srinivas Reddy, University of North DakotaSrinivas presented her work;

PRETREATMENT AND ENZYMATIC HYDROLYSIS OF KENAF BIOMASS AS A RENEWABLE SOURCE FOR BIOFUELS AND GREEN CHEMICALS

 

Srinivas Reddy Kamireddy1, Yun Ji1, and Marisol Berti2

 

1Department of Chemical Engineering, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. ND, USA

2Department of Plant Sciences, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, USA

 

EVALUATION AND OPTIMIZATION OF BIOFUEL PRODUCTION FROM SUNFLOWER HULLS

 

Srinivas Reddy Kamireddy1, Christopher Schaefer1, Matt Defrese2, and Yun Ji1

 

1Department of Chemical Engineering, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, USA

2Chemical and Materials Engineering, California State Polytechnic University,

Pomona, CA, USA

 

Previous Award Winners

2010 Conference Awards

2009 Conference Awards

2008 Conference Awards

2007 Conference Awards

 

Conference Photos

A few highlights from the 2011 annual conference in

Fargo, North Dakota

Field Tours Monday, September 11, 2011

AAIC President, Burton Johnson introducing members to field tour at seed production facility


 

 

 Members weighing their collective knowledge on grain truck scales

 

NDSU plot tours of biofuel and oilseed crops

 

Dick Auld explaining Castor production in North Dakota

Dulan Samarappuli (Student, NDSU) explains biomass crop experiments