Minn. crop group presents awards

Staff reports
Farm Forum

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Crop Improvement Association recently presented its highest honor, the Achievement in Crop Improvement Award, to Don Wyse, professor of agronomy and plant genetics at the University of Minnesota.

The award, presented annually since 1972, recognizes exemplary service to the seed industry as well as outstanding leadership in agriculture. Wyse has made significant contributions to grass seed production and is a well-respected teacher, researcher, and leader.

MCIA also recognized four Premier Seedsman awardees, Bob Ehlers of Elbow Lake, Clyde Kringlen of McIntosh, and Dean Terning and Dennis Terning of Cokato. Each year since 1928, MCIA has presented this award to recognize individuals or partners involved in quality seed production, active in MCIA, and who provide excellent service to the seed industry. University of Minnesota research scientist Donn Vellekson and veteran MCIA field inspector Randy Krzmarzick were the recipients of MCIA’s Honorary Premier Seedsman Award, which recognizes individuals not directly involved in seed production but who have actively supported the seed industry, MCIA, and their local community. MCIA has presented this award annually since 1930.

The awards were presented at the Minnesota Crop Improvement Association’s 118th annual meeting. The virtual event was hosted at MCIA’s office in St. Paul on Jan. 13.

The Minnesota Crop Improvement Association recently honored Don Wyse, professor of agronomy and plant genetics at the University of Minnesota.