To encourage and promote "cutting edge" innovation in the field of Agriscience.

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2009: Not Applicable. Fiscal Year 2010: This is the inaugural year of the Awards. The Awards are intended to recognize, through eight monetary awards and research funds, two adult scientists and provide research funds; three current secondary school educators; and three current secondary school students who are judged to exemplify excellence in the field of Agriscience and to highlight the importance of agriculture in the 21st century.

Patricia Kennedy, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University, Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center, Union, OR, was awarded the $25,000 Distinguished Agriscience Scientist Award. Dr. Kennedy has a unique faculty position; she is one of the few wildlife biology faculty at a land grant institution who is stationed at an Agricultural Experiment Station. She represents the future of these stations where research into agricultural sustainability requires both a commodity and ecological perspective. Dr. Kennedy is renowned for her practical and proactive approach to endangered species management, with research aimed at reducing the need to list wildlife as threatened or endangered. Currently, Dr. Kennedy directs a variety of collaborative investigations on management alternatives that promote sustainable livestock and crop production in the inter-mountain west. Dr. Kennedy will also receive up to $25,000 in research funds.

Thomas J. Jackson, Ph.D., Research Hydrologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Hydrology and Remote Sensing Lab, Beltsville, MD, was awarded the 2010 $25,000 Distinguished Agriscience Scientist Award. Dr. Jackson

Uses and Use Restrictions

No restrictions for Direct Payments to scientists/researchers, current secondary school educators or current secondary school students.

Restrictions apply to Research projects only, as described below.

Research project funds only: Additional funds for the scientist/researcher project will be released in increments based on the progress of the research, not to exceed two years, with a final report on the results due upon completion.