The Midwest Aquatic Plant Management Society has just completed their 34th Annual Conference which was held in Lombard, Illinois. The event was held at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, a stylish and sophisticated hotel located in downtown Lombard. With nearly 200 attendees, the conference featured 33 cutting-edge presentations which covered a variety of subjects including hybrid milfoil and herbicide resistance.
Dr. Tyler Koschnick from SePRO Corporation opened the program with a Presidential address challenging the membership to focus on the value and benefits of what they do to manage our water resources. MAPMS awarded its first ever Robert L. Johnson Memorial Research Grant in the amount of $5,000.00 to Bradley Sartain from Mississippi State University for his research on Management Recommendations for Hydrilla. The student paper contest winners were; Lindsey-Ann Schulte from Grand Valley State University, Danielle Grimm from Grand Valley State University and Justin Nawrocki from North Carolina State University. The student poster contest winners were; Sarah Bartlett & Chelsea Weirich from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Alyssa Calomeni from Clemson University and Jay Von Bank from Western Illinois University.
The conference concluded with the always enjoyable banquet where the Society recognized accomplishments by its members and paid special tribute to the MAPMS Charter President, Robert L. Johnson. David Isaacs from Aquatic Control was awarded the Presidential Distinguished Service Award and Jim Schmidt from Applied Biochemists – A Lonza Business was recognized with an Honorary Member Award. John Goidosik, 2014 MAPMS President said of the conference, “We at MAPMS are extremely thankful for the support of our sponsors, exhibitors, sustaining members and silent auction donors. Membership dedication to the Midwest Aquatic Plant Management Society is greatly appreciated.”
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