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OSU Extension Entomologists Part of National Award Recognitions on Soybean Pest Management

January 4, 2010

WOOSTER, Ohio – Ohio's long-standing Extension contributions to soybean pest management have resulted in two recognitions for Ohio State University Extension soybean researchers Ron Hammond and Andy Michel.

The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities has recently awarded the Experiment State Section Award for Excellence in Multistate Research to the multistate project Biology, Impact and Management of Soybean Insect Pests in Soybean Production Systems (also known as S-1039). For the past 30 years, the project's work has formed the foundation for research and educational efforts on national and regional soybean pests, the most recent being the soybean aphid.

Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center have supported a soybean insect research group since 1973 to address problems associated with various soybean pests and lead educational efforts on best management practices.

"We are pretty excited about the recognition. Our group is part of a southern regional project, although our work is national in scope, and as such, we were nominated for the national award as part of the overall multistate project," said Hammond, an OSU Extension entomologist with OARDC. Michel is also an OSU Extension entomologist with OARDC.

The project, supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, involves 18 land-grant universities throughout the south and north central regions.

For more information on S-1039 and the award recognition, log on to

In addition to the national award, OSU Extension researchers were awarded the Entomological Society of America Foundation Integrated Pest Management Team Award as part of their national efforts to aid growers in managing the soybean aphid. The researchers are part of a national Soybean Aphid IPM Team, which won the award.

"Both awards we've received are the result of grant support that we've received from various commodity organizations, such as the Ohio Soybean Council," said Hammond. "Our work is definitely grower-supported, and is something we could not have done without their help."

For more information on the Entomological Society of America, log on to

Candace Pollock
Ron Hammond