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Gevens Receives 2017 Pound Extension Award
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 05/15/2017

A University of Wisconsin-Madison associate professor and Extension vegetable crop plant specialist has been awarded the 2017 Pound Award for her work at the school's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Amanda Gevens was recognized for her research and work related to disease management in potato and vegetable crops

The primary focus of her work is late blight of potato and tomato, which reappeared in crops in 2009 after a six-year hiatus, and just weeks after Gevens' arrival at UW-Madison. Although new to her role at the time, Gevens provided leadership and responsiveness while working with growers, crop consultants, colleagues and regulatory officials to help them better understand the disease and successfully convey the concept that late blight is a community disease that is everyone's responsibility to manage.

"Amanda is greatly respected and valued by her Extension colleagues and industry for her work in helping to develop practical solutions to issues," said Jed Colquhoun, who serves as the interim associate dean of Extension and Outreach and UW-Extension program co-director. "This award recognizes her dedication, energy and quality of service to the state."

Gevens' programs are accessible to growers of all sizes and scopes. She and her county agent colleagues have worked with Amish farmers to encourage them to adopt a pro-active, biology-based approach to crop management.

She has also engaged Latino communities by providing Spanish translations of crop management newsletters.

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