W. Clint Hoffman.
Hoffman selects the correct nozzles and locations
on the spray boom to deliver the product in large, discrete droplets. Click
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Hoffman's research (Nov. 2000)
ARS Scientist Awarded for Pesticide Application
February 9, 2005
National news release
WASHINGTON, Feb. 9Agricultural Research Service (ARS) engineer
Clint Hoffman has won an agency award for developing and transferring
improved pesticide application technology for areawide pest management. ARS is
the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief
scientific research agency.
Hoffman was named the "ARS Southern Plains Area Early Career Research
Scientist of 2004." The area includes the states of Arkansas, New Mexico,
Oklahoma and Texas, as well as a research station in Panama.
During a ceremony here today at USDA headquarters, Hoffman received a
plaque, cash award and additional research funding. He works at the
Pest Management Research Unit at the ARS
Plains Agricultural Research Center in College Station, Texas.
As the engineer on an interdisciplinary team, Hoffman developed optimum
parameters for applying reduced amounts of toxicant insecticide used in
areawide corn rootworm management programs. These parameters included spray
rate, product rate and droplet size, which together had a significant impact on
efficacy of the product.
This line of research earned Hoffman and his research team members a 1999
Technology Transfer Award from ARS. Hoffman also provided critical technical
assistance to scientists and corn producers at management sites around the
United States. The improved configuring and testing of application equipment
have led to a reduction in insecticide use.
Hoffman earned a B.S. in agricultural engineering from
Texas A&M University-College Station in
1992, an M.S. in agricultural engineering from the
University of Florida-Gainesville in 1994,
and a Ph.D. in agricultural engineering from Texas A&M University in 1997.
He joined ARS in 1994 as a student trainee, and upon completing his doctorate
became an agricultural engineer in the Areawide Pest Management Research Unit