Dr. Frank Wong receives the 2017 TOCA Environmental Communicator of the Year award from Cindy Code, Project EverGreen.

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The Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) and Project EverGreen announced Frank Wong Ph.D., senior regulatory affairs consultant for Bayer CropScience, as the recipient of the 2017 TOCA Environmental Communicator of the Year Award. Wong received the award, which recognizes individuals in the green industry for outstanding communications efforts regarding environmental issues, during the TOCA Annual Conference in Tampa, where he delivered a presentation on pollinators, pesticides and public perceptions.

He is the 19th recipient of this award. A member of the Bayer family since 2011, Wong has extensive experience in both research and field settings. He is a frequent lecturer to green industry professionals in the United States and around the globe, and is editor-in-chief of Plant Disease Management Reports.

During his presentation, he said there are many factors that likely contribute to beehive declines around the world. One of those stresses in North America is migratory stress of commercial beehive operations: “90 percent of commercial hives went to California to pollinate almonds last year.”