Alumnus named General Manager for Mycogen Seeds

June 21, 2010 under CANR News

Alumni Chris GarveyINDIANAPOLIS — June 15, 2010 — Mycogen Seeds announces Chris Garvey has been named as general manager. In his new role, Garvey will be responsible for all aspects of marketing, sales, agronomy services and channel management for Mycogen seeds.

“Garvey’s demonstrated experience with developing marketing seed strategy will be a tremendous asset to Mycogen Seeds,” says Stan Howell, Vice President, North America, Dow AgroSciences.

In his previous roles at Dow AgroSciences, Garvey led the Seed Improvement Project and several seed company acquisitions and integrations.

Prior to joining Dow AgroSciences in 2002, Garvey worked for ICI Chemicals and the management consulting firm of Arthur D. Little. He is an alumnus of the University of Delaware, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in entomology and plant pathology as well as a master’s degree in business administration.

Mycogen Seeds is a retail seed company of Dow AgroSciences LLC and a developer and marketer of leading corn hybrids, the market leader in SILAGE-SPECIFIC™ corn hybrids and sunflower hybrids, as well as an industry leader in canola, alfalfa, soybeans and sorghum. For more information about MYCOGEN® brand products, visit

Dow AgroSciences LLC, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, is a top-tier agricultural company providing innovative agrochemical and biotechnology solutions globally. The company, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, has sales of $4.5 billion. Learn more at

®™MYCOGEN, the MYCOGEN Logo and SILAGE-SPECIFIC are trademarks of Mycogen Corporation.
©2010 Mycogen Seeds. Mycogen Seeds is an affiliate of Dow AgroSciences LLC.


Deans Award for Service to the College Awarded to Peter Lindtner

June 9, 2010 under CANR News

Peter Lindtner received the first Dean’s Alumni Award for Service to the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Delaware’s Forum & Reunion weekend on June 4.

The award recognizes an alumnus of the CANR who has an outstanding record of service to the college through mentoring, guest lectures, or other activities.

Lindtner received his master’s degree in plant science from the University in 1981. He was nominated for the award by Chuck Mason, professor of entomology and wildlife ecology, one of his thesis advisers at UD.

“It is truly an honor to present the first ever dean’s award for service to Peter. His enthusiasm has been instrumental in keeping our apiology program alive,” said Robin Morgan, dean of the college.

Lindtner has been involved with the UD’s apiculture program for nearly 30 years. Last year, while the University was awaiting the arrival of a new beekeeper, Lindtner volunteered to help the five bee colonies survive the winter.

“Peter was visibly upset that bees might disappear from our Newark farm operation, even temporarily, and immediately volunteered his time and resources to keep our colonies happy and healthy,” said Doug Tallamy, chairperson of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology. “His energy and enthusiasm for beekeeping and his feelings for the history and importance of our bee colonies was infective.”

Lindtner recently retired from a 31-year career as a horticulturist at the Hagley Museum in Wilmington, where he lives. He continues to work alongside Deborah Delaney, assistant professor of entomology and wildlife ecology, to care for and expand the bee colonies at UD.

Lindtner has frequently served as a consultant on student research projects at UD. He recently donated eight photos that are currently on display in the CANR as part of a pollinator awareness exhibit.

He is working on a book about identifying honey plants, which will receive joint sponsorship from UD and Hagley Museum.

Article by Chelsea Caltuna
Photo by Danielle Quigley

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CANR Alumnus named to UD Wall of Fame

June 8, 2010 under CANR News

As part of the Forum & Reunion Weekend, 10 University of Delaware graduates, including Ted Karski (Ph.D. AG ’86) were recognized for their outstanding professional and public service achievements by being inducted into the University Alumni Association Wall of Fame.

Carski receive his doctorate in plant and soil sciences with an emphasis on the area of environmental soil chemistry. After graduating from UD, he joined the team at DuPont as a research chemist but rose to his current position as DuPont’s Global Registration Product Manager. Carski also serves as an adjunct professor at UD.

Read the full article about the Wall of Fame inductees on UDaily by clicking here.


UD unveils portrait of Townsend Hall namesake

May 5, 2010 under CANR News, Events

A portrait of John G. Townsend, Jr., a prominent spokesperson for farmers and the agricultural industry who served as Delaware governor and U.S. Senator, now hangs in the University of Delaware’s Townsend Hall, which bears his name.

On April 28, Townsend’s grandson, P. Coleman Townsend, Jr., joined friends of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources to unveil the portrait and honor his memory.

Originally named Agricultural Hall, Townsend Hall was renamed in 1983 and dedicated to the memory of John Townsend for his dedication to agriculture and his contributions to state and national government. He served as Delaware’s governor from 1916-1920 and as U.S. Senator from 1928-1940.

“Coleman has followed in his grandfather’s footsteps as a supporter of agriculture and farmers here in Delaware,” said Robin Morgan, dean of the college. “We are thankful to the Townsend family for their donation and to their longstanding support.”

The portrait was donated by Coleman Townsend and his wife, Susan M. Townsend, both UD graduates. Coleman Townsend, who holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from UD, is a member of the University of Delaware Board of Trustees.

In addition to service to the University, the Townsends have been involved as trustees in numerous non-profit organizations in the region, including Winterthur Museum and Country Estate, Delaware Art Museum, Delaware College of Art and Design and the Delaware Center for Horticulture.

“The Townsend family has a long, close, and warm relationship with the University of Delaware and I find it all fitting that the portrait of such an advocate for agriculture will hang here in this building,” said Richard B. Carter, author of the book Clearing New Ground, The Life of John G. Townsend, Jr., who gave remarks following the unveiling.

The book — number five in the Delaware Governor’s series published by the Delaware Heritage Press — details the life of John Townsend from his birth in Worcester County, Md., to his “whirlwind of business activity,” and his political career.

Townsend’s connection to agriculture began with a move to Selbyville, Del., in 1896 where he started growing strawberries. He moved on to establishing his own bank, the Baltimore Trust Company, helping support farmers in the region.

By the time of his death in 1964 at age 92, Townsend had diversified into poultry, corn, soybeans, and many other crops, growing Townsend, Inc. into one of the largest agribusinesses in Delaware.

The former governor’s political career took him through some of the most dynamic times in American history, covering World War I, women’s suffrage, education reform, prohibition, improvement of state highways and transportation, and financial recovery following the Great Depression.

Coleman Townsend said, “I hope that the students, faculty, and staff who pass by this portrait will have presence enough to take advantage of all of the great opportunities here and to meet their full potential and dreams the way that this man did.”

The portrait was painted in 1920 by Clawson S. Hammitt, of Wilmington, Del. Hammitt painted portraits that now hang in the U.S. Capitol, the State House in Dover and in other locations at the University of Delaware.

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April 24: Ag Day to celebrate 35 years with ground breaking of the UDairy Creamery, music, festivities

April 19, 2010 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension, Events

The 35th annual Ag Day, sponsored by the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 24.

Every year, Ag Day draws more than 3,000 guests who come to experience the wonders of agriculture and the natural world.

This year, those who attend will be able to see the college break ground on its new ice cream store front and processing facility, the UDairy Creamery, at 11:45 a.m.

Ag Day will be held, rain or shine, on the grounds of Townsend Hall at 531 South College Avenue on UD’s main campus in Newark. The event is organized by staff and students with the support of more than 80 organizations.
The money raised at Ag Day benefits student and community organizations.

Following the Ag Day tradition, there will be a variety of educational workshops and live entertainment at this year’s event.

On the entertainment stage will be acts including:
• The Deltones, one of the premier a capella groups at UD;
• Five Points, a student band with a unique blend of rock music;
• Dodging Cupid, a classic rock and roll band from the Delaware Valley featuring Thomas Ilvento, chairperson of the Department of Food and Resource Economics;
• Tater Patch, lively folk music featuring Judith Hough-Goldstein, professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology; and
• The Common Room, a student band with reggae, rock, and acoustic styles.

In the education presentation area, guests will be able to:
• See live animals from the Brandywine Zoo;
• See innovative vegetable gardening with representatives of the Tyler Arboretum;
• Learn about money management with Patricia Barber, associate professor in the Department of Food and Resource Economics;
• Hear and sing along with Zach Ladin and his nature songs;
• Participate in a wool workshop wool workshop with Lesa Griffiths, associate provost and professor in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences; and
• Learn how to keep those pesky pests out of your garden in an eco-friendly way with UD’s Cooperative Extension.

Additionally, annual attractions include 3 tents of educational exhibits, pony rides, a petting zoo, YoUDee, face painting and UDairy Ice Cream.

Those with an interest in gardening will want to visit the 18th annual UD Botanic Gardens Plant Sale from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., located in the Fischer Greenhouse behind Townsend Hall. The sale offers a variety of perennial flowers, shrubs and trees that are sure to add flare to any lawn or garden.

Admission and parking for Ag Day are free and open to the public, with minimal charges for food. If you are interested in becoming an exhibitor or for additional information, visit the Ag Day Web site or call (302) 831-2508.


UD Ag Alumni Association announces award recipients

April 5, 2010 under CANR News, Events

The University of Delaware’s Agriculture Alumni Association recognized outstanding students and industry professionals at the annual Ag Social held in March at Dover Downs. The recipients of these awards were honored by faculty and alumni of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR).

The recipients of the 2010 Donald F. Crossan Agriculture Alumni Scholarship are Hillary Gibson of Middletown, Del., and Simone Chew-Chin of Westford, Mass. This award is given annually to a current sophomore or junior in CANR and honors the former dean who served from 1977 to 1991. The students who received this award demonstrate academic excellence and leadership capabilities.

Gibson is a sophomore natural resource management and plant science double major. She is a member of Phi Sigma Pi, the co-ed honor fraternity, and Circle K service club. She works two on-campus jobs and made dean’s list during the 2008-2009 academic year. In the future, Gibson aspires to be an organic farmer and expand her knowledge of sustainability, pest management, and plant science.

Chew-Chin is a junior animal science major with a pre-veterinary concentration. She was a barn assistant at Flying Change Stables and currently works at UD’s Center for Applied Demography and Survey Research. She is also a member of the Horticulture Club and the secretary of the Animal Science Club. Chew-Chin plans to attend veterinary school and ultimately become a large animal veterinarian.

The George M. Worrilow Award honors a CANR alumnus who has made significant contributions in an agriculture related field. Worrilow was the dean of CANR from 1954 to 1965. Past honorees include educators and other industry leaders.

The recipient of the 2010 Worrilow award is Robert Baker of Odessa, Del., who graduated from UD with a bachelor of science degree in agriculture in 1971. He has been the owner and operator of Baker Farms, Inc. which produces corn, soybeans, and wheat. To name a few of his many accomplishments, Baker has served on the Delaware Farm Bureau, the Legislative Task Force for Delaware Agriculture, and is currently a member of the Delaware Soybean Board.

“During my time in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, I got a lot of hands on experience that made me extremely eager to learn and pursue a career in agriculture. I feel extremely honored to have received this prestigious award,” said Baker.

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Ag Day Exhibitor/Vendor Registration Now Open

March 3, 2010 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension, Events

The University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources invites you to take part in one of the longest-running and most popular spring events in the City of Newark—Ag Day!

Ag Day 2010 will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2010 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., rain or shine, on the grounds of Townsend Hall in Newark, Delaware.

Registration for exhibitors/vendors is now open and available at by clicking on Exhibitor/Vendor Registration.

REGISTRATION IS DUE BY March 24, 2010. PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED BY APRIL 1. Registration is subject to approval by the Ag Day Planning Team.

If you have further questions, please contact Katy O’Connell at (302) 831-1135 or via email to  

Ag Day is a community event that brings agriculture and natural resources to life for the approximately 3000 people who attend each year. Through educational exhibits, tours, and activities, our exhibitors educate everyone from schoolchildren to homeowners, senior citizens to teenagers, about the world of agriculture and natural resources. Adding to the fun are our many supplemental vendors, who provide food and entertainment for our guests.

With its far-reaching audience, Ag Day is the perfect opportunity to promote your organization, raise funds, and enjoy a spring Saturday with people who are interested in learning more about agriculture and natural resources. We hope you will consider joining us as an exhibitor at this year’s event, which marks our 35th Ag Day!

We hope to see you at Ag Day 2010!

College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
104 Townsend Hall – 531 S. College Ave. – Newark, DE 19716
PH: 302/831-2508 – FAX: 302/831-1360


Smithsonian Entomologist to Speak at April 8 UDBG Meeting

February 22, 2010 under CANR News, Events

“A Bug Guy’s Window into the Natural World” lecture open to the public

Join University of Delaware graduate Nathan Erwin (AG ‘81) for a glimpse into the intriguing world he inhabits at his job as manager of the Insect Zoo and Butterfly Pavilion at The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. Erwin is the featured speaker at the University of Delaware Botanic Gardens meeting on Thursday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Commons of Townsend Hall on the UD Campus.

Since his graduation in 1981, Erwin’s been a life-long learner using his camera as a tool. He’s watched and photographed cicadas emerging from 17 years underground, photographed endangered tiger beetles on remote beaches, learned how insect photography and the composer Wagner don’t always mix, and worked with Costa Rican butterfly farmers to help them raise beautiful non-butterfly insects, among other things.

Erwin will share images and humorous stories from his adventures that have helped him to develop educational exhibits and design projects for the Smithsonian’s Museum.

In addition to his appearances on the Late Night Show with David Letterman, Erwin has also collaborated with National Public Radio, Discovery, National Geographic, and the BBC.

To register for this event, please email or call (302) 831-0153. The cost of the lecture is $5 for UDBG members and $10 for nonmembers. Payment (check) can be mailed to UDBG Friends, 152 Townsend Hall, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, 19716. Payment (cash or check) is also accepted at the door; however, registration must be made in advance.

For more information about the University of Delaware Botanic Gardens visit


Register now for the 2010 Ag Social on March 6

February 15, 2010 under CANR News, Events

The Ag Alumni Association and the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources invite you to attend the 2010 Ag Social on March 6, 2010. Even if you live too far away to attend, we wanted you to know that you are certainly invited!

Hors d’oeuvres and drinks with cash bar begin at 6:00 p.m. with a buffet dinner to follow at 7:00 p.m.

The evening will include a chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones, and presentation of the 2010 Worrilow Award and the Donald F. Crossan Scholarship Awards. A silent auction will be held to benefit these student scholarships.

Arrive at 4:00 p.m. for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Dover Downs harness racing operation led by faculty member Carissa Wickens, UD’s Equine Extension Specialist. Carissa’s research focuses on horse behavior and welfare with emphasis on human-animal interactions. Also she is a specialist in feeding strategies and protein nutrition in horses.

Click here for more information or to register. 

Spend the night at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino for a reduced rate of $175 + taxes/fees. Mention “GUDAG” when making your reservation. Reserve by calling 866-473-7378 before February 23.

Questions? Contact Maria Pautler ’85 at or 302-831-0847.

This event is sponsored by the UD College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Ag Alumni Association.


UD alum named American Society of Landscape Architects fellow

December 7, 2009 under CANR News

Rodney D. Robinson, a University of Delaware alumnus who graduated in 1975 from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, has been named as a member of the Council of Fellows of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), which is among the highest honors the society can confer upon a member.  Read the full story on UDaily.