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Feb. 9, 2018
By Mary HightowerU of A System Division of Agriculture
(Newsrooms: with art - Wayne Mackay, https://flic.kr/p/24bBuAa; Amanda McWhirt - https://flic.kr/p/RntgJA; Elena Garcia - https://flic.kr/p/98eZcv )
Download Word versionJACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Horticulture faculty within the University of Arkansas System
Division of Agriculture have earned multiple honors from their peers at the Southern
Regional American Society for Horticultural Science.
“I want to extend my congratulations to our horticulture colleagues for being recognized
for their work by the Southern Region of the American Society for Horticultural Science,”
said Jean-François Meullenet, interim director of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment
Station. “We have a great team and I am happy to see them recognized by their peers
for the outstanding work they do in the state of Arkansas on behalf of the Division
Wayne Mackay, head of the horticulture department in the Division of Agriculture and
for the Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, was presented with
the Paul Smeal Leadership and Administration Award. Mackay joined the department in
October 2014 from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences,
where he was chair of the Environmental Horticulture Department and previously director
of the Mid-Florida Research and Extension Center.
“It is a great honor to be nominated by the faculty I work with and be the recipient
of the award,” Mackay said. “Dr. Smeal was my undergraduate adviser at Virginia Tech.
He continued to guide and encourage me well after my undergraduate degree was obtained,
so the award has a very personal meaning in addition to the honor of receiving it.”
Amanda McWhirt, an assistant professor and extension horticulture specialist for the
University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, earned the John E. Hutchinson
Extension Award for Young Professionals. McWhirt joined the Arkansas Extension Service
in April 2016 after earning her PhD From North Carolina State University. Among other
things, she’s conducting research on blackberry production in addition to her extension
Jim Robbins, extension horticulture specialist-ornamentals, won Extension Communications
Blue Ribbon Awards with two publications: “Features to Consider When Purchasing a
Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS),” which was co-authored with Joe Mari Maja of
Clemson University, (See: https://www.uaex.uada.edu/publications/pdf/FSA-6151.pdf) and “Homeowners Guide to Pruning Ornamental Trees,” (See: https://www.uaex.uada.edu/publications/pdf/FSA-6149.pdf ).
“We knew our Arkansas Extension faculty were among the best in the country and awards
such as these confirm what we’ve known for a long time,” Rick Cartwright, associate
vice president-extension for the Division of Agriculture. “Kudos to Wayne, Amanda
and Jim for demonstrating yet again that we are very much focused on our mission extending
technology to the public.”
Elena Garcia, professor of horticulture for the Division of Agriculture, also earned
an Extension Communications Blue Ribbon Award as co-author of North Carolina State
University’s Southeast Regional Caneberry Production Guide,” (See: https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/show_ep3_pdf/1517856856/22996/), along with Gina Hernandez of NC State and David Lockwood of the University of Tennessee.
The awards were presented during the society’s annual conference held Feb. 2-4.
For more information about horticulture and fruit production, contact your county
extension office or visit www.uaex.uada.edu.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal
access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to
participate or need materials in another format, please contact the Fruit Research
Station as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.
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Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A System Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) email@example.com