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NMSU Horticulture Professor Honored by National Society

LAS CRUCES -- Joe Corgan, agronomy and horticulture professor at New Mexico State University, has been named a Fellow in the American Society for Horticultural Science.

The prestigious fellowships are granted to society members who have made a significant and sustained contribution to horticultural science in the areas of research, teaching, Extension or industry. While the society is headquartered in the United States, it has a worldwide membership.

For the past 20 years, Corgan's research has been in onion breeding and genetics. The NMSU onion breeding program, which began in 1976, has released 14 varieties that have enabled New Mexico to become a major onion producing state. Among the onion cultivars developed by Corgan are varieties that possess enhanced sweetness, resist bolting and soilborne diseases, and have improved handling qualities and specific maturity dates.

Corgan received NMSU's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Distinguished Research Award in 1987. He occupies the Jose Fernandez Chair of Production Agriculture, one of the college's two endowed chairs.

Among the many honors Corgan has received are Dona Ana County Outstanding 4-H Leader, FFA Honorary State Farmer, and NMSU's Distinguished Faculty Advisor Award.