The American Society of Agronomy (ASA) has named Harold Watters, associate professor and field specialist for OSU Extension, the International Crop Adviser of the Year.
The award honors outstanding contributions to agronomy through education, national and international service, and research. In a press release, ASA reported:
Watters works directly with agronomic crop producers, crop advisers and extension educators, to provide relevant information in a timely manner with an emphasis on web and media outlets. Recruited as a team coordinator in 2004 for the 80-member Ohio State Agronomic Crops Team, Watters has influence on Ohio agronomic crop production education. Watters' works in the areas of agronomic crop production practices, systematic data evaluation and field research done locally to confirm best practices.
Highlights of his contributions:
- Serves as editorial coordinator of the Crop Observation and Recommendation Network newsletter - C.O.R.N.
- Serves as an informal mentor to new team members.
- Visited Ukraine 10 times to assist producers there in adoption of modern crop production methods.
The International Certified Crop Adviser of the Year Award is designed to annually recognize a certified crop adviser who delivers exceptional customer service, is highly innovative, has shown that they are a leader in their field, and has contributed substantially to the exchange of ideas and the transfer of agronomic knowledge within the agriculture industry. The award recipient will be recognized at both the Commodity Classic and the American Society of Agronomy Annual Meeting. The award consists of hotel and travel expenses to the Commodity Classic Meeting and ASA Annual Meeting, a $2,000 honorarium, a commemorative plaque, and a one-year membership in the American Society of Agronomy. The ICCA of the Year Award celebrates a level of proficiency that belongs to an individual and not to a company.