Extension plant pathology

Strengthening resources to continue serving the public interest

K. L. Everts, L. Osborne, A. J. Gevens, S. J. Vasquez, Beth Krueger Gugino, K. Ivors, C. Harmon

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Abstract

Extension plant pathologists deliver science-based information that protects the economic value of agricultural and horticultural crops in the United States by educating growers and the general public about plant diseases. Extension plant pathologists diagnose plant diseases and disorders, provide advice, and conduct applied research on local and regional plant disease problems. During the last century, extension plant pathology programs have adjusted to demographic shifts in the U.S. population and to changes in program funding. Extension programs are now more collaborative and more specialized in response to a highly educated clientele. Changes in federal and state budgets and policies have also reduced funding and shifted the source of funding of extension plant pathologists from formula funds towards specialized competitive grants. These competitive grants often favor national over local and regional plant disease issues and typically require a long lead time to secure funding. These changes coupled with a reduction in personnel pose a threat to extension plant pathology programs. Increasing demand for high-quality, unbiased information and the continued reduction in local, state, and federal funds is unsustainable and, if not abated, will lead to a delay in response to emerging diseases, reduce crop yields, increase economic losses, and place U.S. agriculture at a global competitive disadvantage. In this letter, we outline four recommendations to strengthen the role and resources of extension plant pathologists as they guide our nation's food, feed, fuel, fiber, and ornamental producers into an era of increasing technological complexity and global competitiveness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)652-655
Number of pages4
JournalPHYTOPATHOLOGY
Volume102
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2012

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plant pathology
plant diseases and disorders
funding
extension programs
emerging diseases
horticultural crops
economic valuation
human resources
crop yield
growers
demographic statistics
agriculture
economics
crops

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  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Plant Science

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Everts, K. L., Osborne, L., Gevens, A. J., Vasquez, S. J., Gugino, B. K., Ivors, K., & Harmon, C. (2012). Extension plant pathology: Strengthening resources to continue serving the public interest. PHYTOPATHOLOGY, 102(7), 652-655. https://doi.org/10.1094/PHYTO-09-11-0251
Everts, K. L. ; Osborne, L. ; Gevens, A. J. ; Vasquez, S. J. ; Gugino, Beth Krueger ; Ivors, K. ; Harmon, C. / Extension plant pathology : Strengthening resources to continue serving the public interest. In: PHYTOPATHOLOGY. 2012 ; Vol. 102, No. 7. pp. 652-655.
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Everts, KL, Osborne, L, Gevens, AJ, Vasquez, SJ, Gugino, BK, Ivors, K & Harmon, C 2012, 'Extension plant pathology: Strengthening resources to continue serving the public interest', PHYTOPATHOLOGY, vol. 102, no. 7, pp. 652-655. https://doi.org/10.1094/PHYTO-09-11-0251

Extension plant pathology : Strengthening resources to continue serving the public interest. / Everts, K. L.; Osborne, L.; Gevens, A. J.; Vasquez, S. J.; Gugino, Beth Krueger; Ivors, K.; Harmon, C.

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