Christy Hoepting has earned an Excellence in IPM award from the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program (NYS IPM) at Cornell University for her exemplary work on behalf of farmers in New York state and nationally.
Hoepting has conducted hundreds of on-farm research trials in plant pathology, entomology, weed science, cultural practices and crop nutrition, presented at scores of stakeholder and scientific meetings, and published scores of articles and research papers. She has also scouted farm fields relentlessly, tracking every movement of insect and disease pests.
“Christy does her research on the farm in growers’ fields,” says onion grower Matt Mortellaro. “It makes us confident that her work will apply to our situations. She’s extremely responsive, and she’s always listening.”
“I wish we had a Christy Hoepting in every crop and corner of the state,” says Jennifer Grant, director of NYS IPM. “She exemplifies the best in IPM, bringing science to the field and the field perspective to the science.”
Christy Hoepting received her award on March 8 at Cornell Cooperative Extension’s “Elba Muck Region Onion School” in Albion, New York. Learn more here.