Anne Sawyer is a recipient of the 2014 International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) Scholar Award. This award is given to deserving graduate students in sciences relevant to plant nutrition and management of crop nutrients. The award comes with a Certificate of Appreciation and a check of $2000. Anne is one of 30 students from around the world to receive this international award.
Home town: Northfield, MN
Interests: Anne has a small hobby farm in Northfield where she and her husband grow organic veggies, keep egg chickens and raise pigs. She's a U of MN Extension Master Gardener in Rice County and a member of the Rice County Extension Advisory Committee. She also has a border collie named Drake, who would play frisbee forever, if given the opportunity.
Anne's research examines nitrogen and phosphorus nutrient requirements in switchgrass-for-biofuel plantings on marginal soils in Minnesota. She is also looking at switchgrass rhizosphere microbial populations as a function of switchgrass cultivar and/or soil fertility. Switchgrass is a native warm-season grass and a multi-purpose crop, used for forage, buffer strips, CRP plantings, wildlife habitat and, perhaps someday, bioenergy. She hopes to use her research to work on problems related to soil conservation, water quality and soil remediation.