Western Washington supports one of the most abundant and diverse vegetable industries in the United States. Both fresh and processing vegetables and vegetable seed crops are grown here. Because of the region’s mild marine climate, plant pathogens, especially fungi, are prevalent, and can negatively impact yield, quality and production costs. The WSU Mount Vernon vegetable pathology program, through numerous and varied extension activities (field days, breakfasts, written materials, commodity meetings, training sessions, visiting scientists), provides information to growers on ways to manage diseases of fresh and processing vegetable crops, and better understand plant pathogens. General vegetable disease education and outreach includes leadership in the Pacific Northwest Vegetable Extension Group, PNW-VEG
Project Director for National SCRI SREP Project on Biodegradable Mulches for Specialty Crops Produced Under Protective Covers, 2009 to 2013
President, Pacific Division of the American Phytopathological Society, 2011-12
Senior Editor of Plant Disease, 2008 through 2010
Associate Editor of Plant Disease, 2003 through 2005
Co-coordinator, WSU Statewide Vegetable Pathology Extension Team, 2000 to present.