CLEMSON — Josh Weaver, a pesticide investigator for the Department of Pesticide Regulation, a state regulatory agency at Clemson University, has been named a recipient of the 2018 Future Leaders in Science Award.

The honor, bestowed by the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), recognizes Weaver’s engagement in science advocacy.

Weaver, a doctoral student in plant and environmental sciences at Clemson, is one of 18 graduate students who received the award March 8 in Washington, D.C., during the ASA, CSSA and SSSA Congressional Visits Day, where they met with members of Congress and advocated for food, agriculture and natural resources research.

Weaver, based in Anderson, has worked for the Department of Pesticide Regulation for five years. The department enforces the S.C. Pesticide Control Act, the S.C. Chemigation Act and the state groundwater plan. It is also the enforcement arm of the the Federal Pesticide Recordkeeping Requirement, the EPA Worker Protection Standard and the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Endangered Species Program.

The department also registers pesticides for South Carolina, licenses pesticide applicators and pesticide dealers and performs quality assurance analysis of pesticide formulations.

“We are very proud of Josh and excited that he has received this recognition,” said Steve Cole, director of Regulatory and Public Service Programs at Clemson. “The Future Leaders in Science Award is a tremendous honor and one that Josh epitomizes in both his work and study.”

Weaver earned an associate’s degree in environmental horticulture from Columbus Technical College, a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from American Public University and a master’s degree in plant and environmental sciences from Clemson.

“Josh is most qualified to receive such a prestigious honor,” said Bert McCarty, a Clemson professor of plant and environmental sciences. “He is a true advocate for agriculture research and natural resource conservation. He is a deserving individual and will represent himself, the Department of Pesticide Regulation and Clemson University in the highest manner as a recipient.”

ASA (www.agronomy.org), CSSA (www.crops.org) and SSSA (www.soils.org) are scientific societies with more than 10,000 members. They advance the disciplines of agronomy, crops, soil sciences and related fields by supporting professional growth and science policy initiatives and by providing research publications and a variety of member services.

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