Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association

2017 Pound Extension Award

Gevens recognized for potato and vegetable disease management research

Gevens Award

2017 CALS Pound Extension Award recipient Amanda Gevens, UW-Extension vegetable crops plant pathology specialist at UW-Madison, with CALS Dean Kate VandenBosch. (Photo courtesy of UW-Madison CALS)

Amanda Gevens, University of Wisconsin-Madison associate professor and UW-Extension vegetable crops plant pathology specialist, received the 2017 Pound Extension Award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

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.

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