Auwarter recognized by Weed Science Society

Farm Forum

Collin Auwarter, North Dakota State University research specialist, was honored with the Distinguished Achievement Award for Professional Staff during the annual meeting of the North Central Weed Science Society (NCWSS).

The award recognizes outstanding and sustained contributions in support of weed science activities in the North Central region. Auwarter is a research specialist in the NDSU Plant Sciences Department.

Nominees for this award must be individuals who work under the direction of university, federal or industry scientists and must have been involved in weed science research, Extension or resident education for at least five years.

Auwarter obtained his bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness and Applied Economics at NDSU in 2004. He began work that same year as a research specialist for the NDSU high-value crops project under the direction of Harlene Hatterman-Valenti.

The high-value crops project works on diverse crops such as potatoes, onions and grapes. Auwarter has conducted a wide variety of research and taken on the challenge of employing new products and methods of weed control.

A member of the NCWSS since 2005, Auwarter has attended and presented a poster each year at the annual meeting and served as section chair of the horticulture, ornamentals and turf papers session.

The NCWSS consists of weed science industry professionals from 15 states and one Canadian province. The mission of the NCWSS is to deliver research, education and training to people responsible for weeds and their management in land use systems. For more information, visit