Amit Jhala, University of Nebraska–Lincoln associate professor of agronomy and horticulture and Nebraska Extension weed management specialist, was honored with the Early Career Outstanding Extension Leadership Award from Nebraska’s Alpha Upsilon Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi.
This award recognizes a Nebraska Extension individual with less than ten years of service. This person must demonstrate innovative approaches and delivery to Extension programs, outreach, and applied research and leadership in the development and implementation of effective Extension programs with evidence of productivity, visibility and impact in Nebraska.
Jhala has been at Nebraska since 2012. His research focuses on the pollen-mediated gene flow and management of herbicide-resistant weeds. His outstanding weed science Extension program reaches clientele each year to solve weed-related problems in corn, soybean, sorghum and popcorn in Nebraska and beyond.
Jhala provides cutting-edge information at Extension field days by demonstrating trials of new herbicides, multiple herbicide-resistant crops and how to manage herbicide-resistant weeds. These events, attended by growers, crop consultants, industry representatives and Nebraska’s commodity board members, provide unbiased information about weed control.
Publication credits for Jhala include 11 book chapters, 104 papers published in peer-reviewed journals, 101 extension articles and 5 peer-reviewed extension publications.
He serves as an associate editor of Weed Technology, a peer reviewed scientific publication of Weed Science Society of America.
Epsilon Sigma Phi is the extension professionals’ non-profit organization. ESP sponsors many activities that provide professional development opportunities to members. The award was presented at the Nebraska Extension Fall Conference on Nov 13, 2019.
For more information on Jhala's research and Extension program see agronomy.unl.edu/jhala.