Anderson receives Minnesota Crop Improvement Association award

CFANS Agronomy and Plant Genetics Professor James Anderson, who specializes in wheat breeding and genetics, received the Honorary Premier Seedsman Award from the Minnesota Crop Improvement Association (MCIA) at its annual meeting this past January. Since 1929, this award has been presented to individuals who show evidence of outstanding support of agriculture and MCIA but are not directly involved in the seed industry. Anderson has been a wheat breeder at the University of Minnesota since 1998.

The efforts of Anderson and his team of researchers have been met with strong support from Minnesota wheat growers and have resulted in the release of several extremely productive wheat varieties. One of these varieties includes Linkert, which is the most widely grown variety of wheat in the state of Minnesota in 2017. Other notable varieties that have recently been released include Lang-MN, Bolles and Shelly. Certified seed of Lang-MN will become available for farmers to purchase for the first time this spring.

Anderson has been recognized internationally for his work in plant genetics and he has been a strong supporter of MCIA and their foundation seed program. He has regularly presented at their field days and grower meetings, and his outstanding reputation with farmers and seed producers has certainly made him a deserving recipient of this award.