Washington Wheat Researchers Named For Agronomy Prizes

Two WSU wheat scientists among 18 receiving national honors.

Published on: Nov 5, 2012

Two Washington State University wheat researchers are among 18 scientists nationwide named American Society of Agronomy fellows for 2012.

Kim Kidwell and Kimberly Garland-Campbell were recognized at the society's annual meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio, late last month.

Nationally recognized as both a plant breeder and interpersonal communications innovator, Kidwell is executive associate dean for WSU's College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Resource Sciences.

As WSU's spring wheat breeder for 15 years, Kidwell developed more than a dozen new varieties, some which are among the most successful for Washington farmers today.

Combining the latest biotechnology with traditional plant breeding methods, the varieties maximize crop production while minimizing environmental impact. Her work has generated more than $60 million per year in farm gate value for Washington wheat producers.

Washington Wheat Researchers Named For Agronomy Prizes
Washington Wheat Researchers Named For Agronomy Prizes

Kidwell also excels as an important interpersonal communications coach and innovator. Human Development 205, which was initiated, developed and taught by Kidwell, is one of the most popular classes at the university.

Campbell is an adjunct professor in WSU's Department of Crop and Soil Sciences and a research geneticist with the USDA's Agricultural Research Service.

During her tenure as a wheat scientist, she has developed more than eight soft and club winter wheat varieties with special attention to superior end use quality, winter survival and the genetics of wheat responses to disease and environmental stress.

Campbell was also named one of 11 fellows of the Crop Science Society of America for 2012.

The American Society of Agronomy is an international society co-located with the Crop Science Society of American and the Soil Science Society of America in Madison, Wis.

Members are dedicated to the conservation of wise use of natural resources to produce food, feed and fiber crops while maintaining and improving the environment.

Both Kidwell and Campbell have been highly visible researchers, regularly meeting with producers in WSU field meetings touting their new variety research and releases.