Charla Hollingsworth, Ph.D., Accepts Position with USDA; Farewell Planned for Thursday, October 8, 2009, at 1 p.m. in Bede Ballroom in the Sageant Student Center

Crookston, Minn.  - Associate Professor Charla Hollingsworth at the Northwest Research and Hollingsworth_Charla.jpgOutreach Center (NWROC) recently accepted a position with the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) in the capacity of National Science Program Leader for Plant Pathology and Weeds at the Center for Plant Health, Science, and Technology in Raleigh, N.C.  A farewell for Hollingsworth will be held on Thursday, October 8, 2009, at 1 p.m. in the Bede Ballroom located in the Sargeant Student Center on the U of M, Crookston campus. She will begin her new post with the USDA on November 8, 2009.

The Center for Plant Health, Science, and Technology supports regulatory decisions and operations through methods development work, scientific investigation, analyses and technology.  In her new position, Hollingsworth will have responsibilities for planning, coordination, and oversight in support of the APHIS and PPQ missions.  Utilizing technologically advanced investigative approaches will be a primary focus.

Hollingsworth began her career at the U of M in July 2002 as the small grains plant pathology extension specialist located at the NWROC.  Through her hard work, dedication and expertise, Hollingsworth established highly effective extension and research programs for addressing plant disease problems of small grain growers in northwestern Minnesota and North Central U.S.  She produced an impressive number of research articles, extension bulletins, fact sheets and educational articles, contributed to numerous grower and ag professional events, and was the original co-editor of the much read newsletter, Cropping Issues in Northwest Minnesota. She collaboratively maintained the website for the Minnesota Fusarium Head Blight Forecasting System.  

In cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Hollingsworth trained plant pest surveyors in identification and estimation of disease incidence and severity for major diseases of wheat and barley.  She played a central role in five successful applications for EPA Section 18 Specific Exemption Requests, which provided growers with fungicide options for managing Fusarium head blight on wheat and barley.  Data she provided for the Minnesota exemptions has been used for other state's exemption requests, which have had far reaching impacts on the management of Fusarium head blight nationally.

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