2022 B. Y. Morrison Memorial Lecturer
Bernadine C. Strik, Professor Emeritus, Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
Increased organic production of berry crops – An example of impactful research, extension, and teaching at a land grant institution
The production value of certified organic berry crops in the United States was $990 million in 2019, a 12-fold increase over the previous 10 years and a reflection of consumer-driven demand for organic berries; certified organic blueberries in Oregon and Washington account for over 50 percent of this production. The long-term research on organic systems that has been conducted at Oregon State University since 2006 and the dissemination of its outcomes through extension and teaching have had large impacts on increasing yield and reducing input costs.
The Morrison Lecture was presented at the 2022 American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, August 2, 2022.
B. Y. Morrison Memorial Lecture
Established in 1968 by ARS, the Morrison Memorial Lecture honors the memory of Benjamin Y. Morrison (1891-1966) by recognizing scientists who have made outstanding contributions to horticulture. B.Y. Morrison was the first director of USDA's National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. A scientist, plant breeder, landscape architect, plant explorer, author, and lecturer, Morrison advanced the science of botany and horticulture in the United States. His legacy to the American public includes dozens of new ornamental plants, including the Glenn Dale azaleas.
The lecture is a forum for a presentation on a scientific topic, trend, issue, or policy of the lecturer's choice. An honorarium of $2,000, a medallion, and expenses to present the lecture are part of the award.
Nominees may be outstanding senior contributors in industry, universities, or government positions. Current ARS employees are not eligible.
To nominate someone, please send a letter explaining the nominee’s contributions to horticulture and his/her current CV to MorrisonLecture@usda.gov.
The call for nominations has closed.