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Students and Faculty Awarded at Industrial Crops Meeting

North Dakota State University Department of Plant Sciences Master’s students Alex Wittenberg and Kutay Yilmaz, and faculty member Dr. Burton Johnson won awards for their presentations at the Association for the Advancement of Industrial Crops annual meeting in September.

October 15, 2019

Students and faculty from the North Dakota State University Department of Plant Sciences won awards for their presentations during the Association for the Advancement of Industrial Crops (AAIC) 2019 annual meeting held in Tucson, Arizona, September 8-11. The theme of this year’s meeting was “Advancing the Adoption of Industrial Crops through Innovation and Technology.”

Master’s student Alex Wittenberg won the Best Student Oral Presentation award in the Oilseeds division with his presentation, Fall Sowing Dates in Camelina Affected Plant Density. He is from Valley City, North Dakota, and is advised by Marisol Berti, professor and forages and biomass project leader.

Master’s student Kutay Yilmaz won a Student Travel Grant in the General Crops and Products division with his presentation, Seeding Date Effect on Grain Sorghum Performance in North Dakota. He is from Turkey and is advised by Burton Johnson, professor and new crops project leader.

Johnson won the Best Presentation award in the General Crops and Products division with his presentation, Seeding Date and Seed Treatment Effect on Industrial Hemp Stand Establishment. Johnson also serves on the AAIC Board of Directors.

The annual AAIC meeting provides an opportunity for researchers to present developments in industrial crops and new crops, discuss new research findings, learn about new and emerging technologies, and collaborate with colleagues. The AAIC covers research in five divisions: 1) Fiber and Cellulosic Crops, 2) Oilseeds, 3) Natural Rubber and Resin, 4) Medicinal and Nutraceutical Plants, and 5) General Crops and Products.

Source: Kutay Yilmaz
Author: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123,

Editor: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384,

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