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Christy Hoepting was recognized for individual leadership in developing a highly innovative and responsive program that addresses stakeholder needs and affects New York State in a ceremony Nov. 5 celebrating research, extension and staff excellence at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Hoepting, senior extension associate with the Cornell Vegetable Program,  works as part of a five-person team covering 13 counties along Lake Ontario in Western New York. She specializes in the management of onions and cool weather crops such as cabbage and broccoli, and her highly productive and responsive approach emphasizes applied research and innovation. Over 17 years with the program, she has earned a great level of trust with growers and recognition as a regional and national onion expert, according to Kathryn J. Boor '80, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of CALS.

"Christy’s work epitomizes the Land Grant mission of CALS — to tackle the challenges of our time through purpose-driven science. Thank you, Christy, for supporting this enduring commitment," said Boor.

Hoepting currently chairs a multi-state committee to address the management of onion pests and diseases. Her research scouting program has resulted in a 50-74 percent reduction in insecticide sprays.

► Meet all of our 2018 Research, Extension and Staff Award winners

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