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Published February 22 2011

Former Glyndon man wins agriculture award

James Cook, the former dean of the Washington State University College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences and emeritus professor of plant pathology and crop and soil sciences has been selected to receive the Wolf Prize for Agriculture.

Cook is a graduate of Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton High School and North Dakota State University.

Cook will accept his award from the President of the State of Israel and the Minister of Education during a special ceremony May 29 in Israel.

The Wolf Prize, awarded annually by the Israel-based Wolf Foundation, has been referred to as the Nobel Prize for Agriculture.

According to information provided by the foundation, Cook was selected “for seminal discoveries in plant pathology and soil microbiology that impact crop productivity and disease management … improving disease control in wheat and barley and altered paradigms of plant disease control in other crops.”

Cook will share the $100,000 prize with Harris A. Lewin of the Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.