Researcher receives prestigious award

August 08, 2008
Written by Lee Anne Bateman
ron_howard_hsDr. Ron Howard, a plant pathologist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, was recently awarded the Alberta Science and Technology Leadership Foundations (ASTech) Dow AgroSciences/ASTec Innovation in Agricultural Science Award.
The letters of support that accompanied Dr. Howard’s nomination were impressive and overwhelming, and were further testament to and appreciation of Howard’s exceptional work and contributions. Congratulations Ron! Well deserved.
This award is presented to an individual, team or individuals or company that has demonstrated exceptional innovation or has developed a technology of significance to Alberta’s agriculture, agri-food and agrivalue industries.

“Ron has had a rich career with ARD,” says Dr. Cornelia Kreplin, director of ARD’s agriculture research division. “He has been located at CDCS (Crop Diversification Centre South) for most of his career and has used his skills in research and plant pathology to address barriers to industry success.
Howard began his career as a plant pathologist with ARD in 1975.
He has built his reputation to where he is the primary “go-to” person for help when it comes to plant diseases that threaten the livelihood of Alberta and Canada’s horticultural, field and special crop producers. He is one of the first plant pathologists the industry looks to for information about an imminent threat and for advice on what to do to lessen that threat.
Over his career so far, he is credited with over 1,000 articles, publications and presentations. Extension has always been a vital part of his career. His wor
ron_howardk has helped raise the profile of agricultural science and technology in the province, in Canada and around the world. His outstanding writing, speaking, research, infrastructure and extension skills have served him well in his role as a science and technology ambassador, and have helped him bring a better quality of life to those in the agricultural sector.

(Reprinted with permission from the Aug. 5, 2008 edition of the Ropin’ The Web newsletter of Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development.)

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