Murray goes to Washington DC
Tim Murray, American Phytopathological Society (APS) vice-president, participated in the APS Public Policy Board’s spring trip to Washington, DC, to meet with federal agencies and legislators involved with agricultural research issues. APS is promoting the Phytobiomes Initiative (phytobiomes.org), the goal of which is to achieve a comprehensive foundation for understanding the organisms that live in, on and around plants and influence plant health and productivity. While there, PPB met with representatives of USDA Agricultural Research Service, National Ag Statistics Service, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Plant Protection and Quarantine, Food and Drug Administration, Forest Service, the National Science Foundation and Environmental Protection Agency. Individual members met with their state representatives and senators, and attended a hearing of the House Ag Appropriations subcommittee on USDA research.