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Tomato Field Day 2015

Jean Ristaino talking about a poster at Mills River, Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center, NC, Tomato Field Day 2015
Dr Jean Ristaino
Inga Meadows presenting a poster at Mills River, Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center, NC, Tomato Field Day 2015
Inga Meadows

Dr. Jean Ristaino and Inga Meadows made presentations during the 2015 Tomato Field Day held August 13 at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research  & Extension Center in Mills River, NC.  Attendees say new and up-and-coming varieties and learned the latest about disease, insect, and weed control for staked tomato production and vegetables in western North Carolina.  The field day was sponsored by NC State University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NC Agricultural Research Service & NC Cooperative Extension Service, the NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, and the NC Tomato Growers Association.

Jim Driver – Service Award & Retirement Celebration

Jim Driver - Service Award
L-R: Melinda James, Jim Driver, Randall Patterson & Frank Louws


Melinda James, President, and Randall Patterson, member, of the Board of Directors North Carolina Tomato Growers Association, along with Frank Louws, Professor of Plant Pathology and colleague for over 19 years, celebrate the service award given to Jim Driver, SPA employee in the Department of Plant Pathology holds the Award of Service given to Jim Driver at the 47th Annual Meeting and Winter Vegetable Conference and Trade Show. February 26 2015, Asheville NC.

The plaque reads: Presented to Jim Driver In appreciation for your many years of service, dedication and support of the tomato industry in North Carolina by the NC Tomato Growers Association 2015.

Images from Jim Driver’s Service Award and Retirement Celebration

Dr. Mary Hausbeck – Rosie Perez Memorial Seminar 2015

Lucky Mehra presenting the Rosie Perez Memorial Seminar 2015 Award to Dr Mary Hausbeck
Dr Mary Hausbeck – Rosie Perez Memorial Seminar 2015

Recording of the seminar

Lucky Mehra, current President of the NCSU Plant Pathology Graduate Student Association, presents a commemorative plaque to Dr. Mary Hausbeck of Michigan State University for her invited presentation at the annual Rosie Perez Memorial Seminar. This graduate student-sponsored seminar is named in honor of a former student in NCSU Plant Pathology, the late Rosie Perez. The Plant Pathology graduate students deliberate on the choice of speaker every year, and this year Dr, Hausbeck was chosen to present based upon her outstanding faculty career as a vegetable and ornamental extension plant pathologist at MSU. Dr. Hausbeck is a Professor in the Department of Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences that has earned a Distinguished Faculty Award from the MSU Agriculture and Natural Resources Alumni Association, the Alex Laurie Award from the Society of American Florists, the outstanding MSU Extension Specialist Award, the Beal Outstanding Faculty Award from MSU, and the Master Farmer Associate Award from the Michigan Vegetable Council. She has been awarded the Excellence in Extension Award from the American Phytopathological Society and was elected as a Fellow of APS in 2014. The title of Dr. Hausbeck’s presentation was “A smorgasbord of vegetable diseases is on today’s menu”.

Anna Thomas – 2015 Raymond J. Tarleton Student Fellowship Fund

Anna Thomas

Anna Thomas is the recipient of the 2015 Raymond J. Tarleton Student Fellowship Fund from the APS Foundation. The Raymond J. Tarleton Student Fellowship Fund was established by Raymond J. Tarleton in 2009 to support graduate students in plant pathology research and encourage students to further their careers in plant pathology. The award which is $1,000 will be presented to her during the 2015 APS Annual Meeting in Pasadena, CA. She plans to use these funds in her graduate research work that focuses on the epidemiology and population genetics of Pseudoperonospora cubensis that causes downy mildew of cucurbits. She is co-advised by Drs. Peter Ojiambo and Ignazio Carbone.