Ames Herbert was named as the 2016 recipient of the Insect Research and Control Conference Award for Excellence in Cotton Integrated Pest Management. This is a very prestigious national award, presented at the Beltwide Cotton Conferences. The award recognizes the outstanding career contributions of an individual to applied arthropod integrated pest management across the U.S. Cotton Belt. Herbert was recognized for excelling in industry, research, extension, or educational programs that have benefited the cotton industry. The annual recognition is sponsored by Dow AgroSciences and consists of an inscribed trophy and a monetary reward. The award was presented to Herbert at the Beltwide Cotton Conferences in New Orleans, Louisiana on Jan. 6.
Herbert is a professor of entomology at the Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center. He has an extensive program that emphasizes profitable yet environmentally sound methods to manage pests in the wide variety of row crops grown in Virginia. As a testament to his excellence, he was selected for this national award even though cotton is not as significant a commodity in Virginia relative to the southern states. Herbert is highly respected and works collaboratively with grower and industry groups, Extension agents and university researchers. Herbert serves both as Extension project leader for the Department of Entomology and the state IPM coordinator.