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NCPN Grapes Tier 2 Committee Members


The Tier 2 Committee for the National Clean Plant Network for Grapes is composed of 24 positions representing the grape and wine industries, research and extension, and state regulators.  Each group represented includes members from the eastern and western regions of the U.S.




NCPN - Grapes Tier 2 Committee Members, Jan. 2020
Deborah Golino 
Director, Foundation Plant Services
University of California 
Davis, CA 
Vice Chair:
Marc Fuchs
Associate Professor
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Cornell University
New York State Agricultural Experiment Station
Geneva, NY
Grape & Wine Industry Representatives (10):
East/Central  West
Eric Amberg
Operations Manager
Grafted Grapevine Nursery, LLC
Clifton Springs, NY
Dustin Hooper
VP of Sales
Wonderful Nurseries
Wasco, CA

Dennis Rak
Owner, Double A Vineyards
Fredonia, NY

Phil Freese
Owner, WineGrow, Healdsburg, CA and Vilafont√© Vineyards, Stellenbosch, South Africa 

Eli Bergmeier
Vineyard Manager, Crown Vineyards          Ste. Genieve, MO

Kevin Judkins
Owner/Operator, Inland Desert Nursery      Benton City, WA

Steve Mudd
Mudd Vineyards 
Long Island, NY

Vicky Scharlau
Executive Director
Washington WineGrowers
Cashmere, WA

Rachel Lipman
Loew Vineyards/Maryland Vineyard Mangement, MD

Keith Streigler
Grower Outreach Specialist
E&J Gallo Winery                                  Acampo, CA

State Regulatory Representatives (5):
East/Central  West
Margaret Kelly
Assistant Director, Division of Plant Industry
New York Department of Agriculture & Markets
Albany, New York
Liz Vavricka
Program Manager, Plant Pathology Laboratory
Idaho Department of Agriculture
Boise, ID
Vacant Katherine Filippini
Senior Environmental Scientist 
California Department of Food and Agriculture
Sacramento, California
Vacant Chris Benemann
Lead Horticulturalist 
Oregon Department of Agriculture
Salem, Oregon
Research and Extension Representatives (6):
East/Central  West
Jim Kamas
Asst. Professor and Extension Specialist, Pomology and Viticulture
Texas AgriLife Extension Service (Texas A&M)
Fredericksburg, TX
Scott Harper
Clean Plant Center Northwest  
Washington State University
Prosser, WA
Tim Martinson
Senior Extension Associate, Statewide Viticulture Extension Program
Department of Horticultural Sciences, Cornell
New York State Ag Experiment Station
Geneva, NY
Michelle Moyer
Associate Professor/Extension Specialist
Department of Horticulture
Washington State University
Prosser, WA
Wenping Qiu
Professor and Director
Center for Grapevine Biotechnology
Missouri State University    
Mountain Grove, MO
Patty Skinkis
Professor/Extension Specialist
Department of Horticulture
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR

For questions related to the NCPN-Grapes Tier 2 Committee, please contact Kristen Farrar, NCPN-Grapes Coordinator, at


NCPN LogoThe National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) is a voluntary association of specialty crop networks that have joined to promote the use of pathogen-tested, healthy plant material for food crops in the United States. The NCPN operates under the auspices of three agencies within the United States Department of Agriculture - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).



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