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The Incidental Environmentalists: Dale Bumpers, George Templeton, and the Origins of the Rosen Alternative Pest Control Center at the University of Arkansas

Jeannie Whayne
Agricultural History
Vol. 89, No. 1 (Winter 2015), pp. 3-28
DOI: 10.3098/ah.2015.089.1.3
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.3098/ah.2015.089.1.3
Page Count: 26
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The Incidental Environmentalists: Dale Bumpers, George Templeton, and the Origins of the Rosen Alternative Pest Control Center at the University of Arkansas
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Abstract

This paper argues that agricultural scientists Dwight Isley, Harry Rosen, and William Baerg developed an “integrated pest management” approach at the University of Arkansas in the 1920s; an approach that served as an inspiration for later generations of researchers at the university. Most prominent among them was George Templeton, a student of Harry Rosen's, who secured his doctoral degree at the University of Wisconsin, returned to the University of Arkansas as an assistant professor in 1958, and became an international leader in the field of biological approaches to pest management. Meanwhile, Arkansas Senator Dale Bumpers, a wilderness environmentalist, cultivated a similar point of view. By 1989 a meeting of the minds occurred between the two men, which resulted in a congressional appropriation of $1.4 million and the founding of the Alternative Pest Control Center. In 1996 a generous donation from Rosen's daughter funded the construction of a building located on Maple Street, and the center was renamed the Rosen Alternative Pest Control Center.

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