Water conservation

USU Extension Professor Receives National Crop Science Award – Cache Valley Daily

Kelly Kopp, Utah State University Extension Turf and Water Conservation Specialist

Kelly Kopp, a turf and water conservation specialist at Utah State University, recently received the Crop Science Extension Education Award from the Crop Science Society of America. The annual awards are given for outstanding contributions to crop science through education, national and international service, and research.

Kopp is director of USU’s Center for Water Efficient Landscaping and a professor in USU’s Department of Plants, Soils, and Climate (PSC). She is a recognized authority on turf water use and nutrient dynamics, as well as water use efficiency in the landscape. She focuses her outreach efforts on sustainable turf management, water conservation and drought response.

“Dr. Kopp’s communication and responsiveness skills are critical to her success in outreach,” said Paul Johnson, chief of USU’s PSC department. “The fact that she is regularly called upon to make presentations in the most important scientific and professional places is proof of his ability to clearly communicate ideas and influence decisions and policies. We are very proud of his creative programming and his many accomplishments..”

Kopp has received numerous awards for her work, including the United States Secretary of the Interior Cooperative Conservation Award in 2006. She has co-authored two books, three book chapters, and dozens of extension fact sheets. She is the managing editor and editor of Turfgrass IPM Advisory, a quarterly newsletter focusing on IPM techniques for turf pests, diseases and weeds, which has over 10,000 subscribers. She works directly with many federal, state and local agencies in the pursuit of water use efficiency in the State of Utah, Intermountain West and beyond.

Kopp’s award will be officially presented this fall at the annual meeting of the Crop Science Society of America in Baltimore, Maryland.