Larry Olsen awarded Adrian College’s Alumni Humanitarian Award
Entomology professor Larry Olsen has been awarded the 2013 Humanitarian Award by his alma mater, Adrian College.
Entomology professor Larry Olsen has been awarded the 2013 Humanitarian Award by his alma mater, Adrian College. The award recognizes Olsen’s work in an agricultural development project in the central highlands of Peru where people live a subsistence life depending on potato production. Olsen’s project demonstrates newer, improved varieties of potatoes that increase yield and have social acceptance. The objective is to establish demonstration plots throughout the high plains where local farmers can view the growth characteristics of the new varieties, which require fewer pesticides and increase profit through higher yields. The ultimate goal is to raise the economic status of the community. Olsen has been successful in enabling two Peace Corps volunteers in the community and a master's student assists with the project. He received his award on Sept. 21 on the Adrian College campus.