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2016 Plant Materials Program Awards

The Plant Materials Program is pleased to announce the following recipients of the Plant Materials Awards for 2016. Congratulations to these individuals and teams!

Recipients include:

  • Meritorious Service Award – Jerry Kaiser, Plant Materials Specialist, Elsberry, Missouri
  • Meritorious Service Award – Leslie Glass, PM Webmaster/Secretary, Tucson, Arizona
  • Meritorious Service Award – Rachel Bergsagel, Biological Sciences Technician, Bismarck, North Dakota
  • Outstanding Plant Materials Team - Southeast-Tropical Plant Materials Program (FL, GA, HI, and MS)
  • Outstanding Employee – Jon Allison, Gardener, Coffeeville, Mississippi
  • Notable Achievement – Corvallis Plant Materials Center, Corvallis, Oregon
  • Special Service Award – Mark Janzen, Plant Materials Specialist, Salina, Kansas

Meritorious Service Award – Jerry Kaiser, Plant Materials Specialist, Missouri

John Englert, Plant Materials program leader (L) presents Jerry Kaiser, plant materials specialist (R) with a  meritorious service award plaque.Jerry is recognized for over 20 years of service to the Plant Materials Program, and for his dedication and resourcefulness in promoting plant materials and plant conservation technology to fellow government colleagues, collaborating organizations, and private landowners. Jerry has promoted the commercial production of native plants and advocated the adoption and management of cover crops in the Soil Health Initiative. Jerry’s efforts will have lasting impacts to the NRCS mission in Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri.  John Englert, (left) Plant Materials Program Leader, presented Jerry Kaiser (right) with a Meritorious Service Award plaque.

Meritorious Service Award – Leslie Glass, PM Webmaster/Secretary, Tucson, Arizona

State Conservationist, Keisha Tatum, presented a plaque to Leslie Glass on behalf of Arizona NRCS and National Plant Materials Program Leader, John Englert.

Leslie is recognized for service to the Plant Materials Centers in Arizona and North Dakota and support for the National Plant Materials Program. Leslie has played an integral and critical role in plant materials technology efforts through skillful management of the program Web sites and with expanding the reach of NRCS plant information to customers. Leslie’s efforts improve the plant materials information available to conservation planners and support for the NRCS mission.  State Conservationist, Keisha Tatem (left), presented the Meritorious Service Award plaque to Leslie Glass (right) on behalf of Arizona NRCS and National Plant Materials Program Leader John Englert. 

Meritorious Service Award – Rachel Bergsagel, Biological Sciences Technician, Bismarck, North Dakota

Mary Podoll, ND NRCS State Conservationist presents Rachel Bergsagel with the Plant Materials Program 2016 Meritorious Service Award.Rachel is recognized for over 37 years of service to NRCS and the Plant Materials Program.  Rachel has excelled organizing study data, maintaining seed and plant inventory, preparing technical documents, and providing daily support for PMC operations.  She has been involved in nearly every new product developed by the PMC for over three decades.  Rachel’s service and dedication has been instrumental to the success of the Bismarck Plant Materials Center and the Plant Materials Program.   Mary Podoll, ND NRCS State Conservationist (left) presented a Meritorious Service Award plaque to Rachel Bergsagel (right) on behalf of North Dakota NRCS and National Plant Materials Program Leader John Englert. 

Outstanding Plant Materials Team – Southeast-Tropical Plant Materials Program (Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, and Mississippi)

2016 Plant Materials Program Awards recipientsThe Plant Materials Centers and Specialists in Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, and Mississippi are recognized for the creation of a cover crop selection tool for the Southeast US, the evaluation of warm-season cover crops, and development of a regional newsletter. Their cooperation and enthusiasm to coordinate activities regionally to expand the application of new information exemplifies the current direction of the Plant Materials Program.

Left to right:  John Englert, National Program Leader-Plant Materials, Washington DC; Nicholas McGhee, Agronomist, GAPMC; Alayna Jacobs, PMC manager, MSPMC; Mary Anne Gonter, Technician, FLPMC; David Duvauchelle, PMC manager, HIPMC; Janet Grabowski, PMC manager, FLPMC; Richard Barrett, PMC manager, GAPMC​

Outstanding Employee – Jon Allison, Gardener, Coffeeville, Mississippi

State Resource Conservationist Rogerick Thompson (R) presented a plaque to Jon Allison on behalf of Mississippi NRCS and National Plant Materials Program Leader John Englert.

Jon has been instrumental in renovating fields, utilizing equipment, training employees, and maintaining relationships with key partners to improve the effectiveness of the Jamie L. Whitten Plant Materials Center. He provides expertise for the development of technology products such as the Southeastern Cover Crop Selection Tool. Jon exhibits a clear passion for the NRCS mission of developing useful plant-science technology for NRCS staff and their clients and is an asset to the Plant Materials Program.  State Resource Conservationist Rogerick Thompson (right) presented a Outstanding Employee Award plaque to Jon Allison (left) on behalf of Mississippi NRCS and National Plant Materials Program Leader John Englert.  Read more.....

Notable Achievement – Corvallis Plant Materials Center, Corvallis, Oregon

The employees of the Corvallis Plant Materials Center are recognized for their significant contribution in 2016 producing the Native Seed Production Manual for the Pacific Northwest. This culmination of 20 years of experience with native seed production is an invaluable resource for commercial growers. This effort by the center exemplifies the depth of knowledge and quality of products in the Plant Materials Program. (picture unavailable)

Special Service Award – Mark Janzen, Plant Materials Specialist, Salina, Kansas

The Plant Materials Program recognizes Mark for his service at the Manhattan Plant Materials Center during 2016.  As acting manager, Mark maintained operations, coordinated critical facility upgrades, and assisted with hiring new staff.  Mark’s efforts at the PMC were indispensable during a challenging transition. (picture unavailable)