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NCPN Grapes Tier 2 Committee Members

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The Tier 2 Committee for the National Clean Plant Network for Grapes is composed of 21 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.




Tier 2 Committee Members for NCPN - Grapes, Jan. 2017
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
Wonderful Nurseries, Wasco, CA

Dennis Rak
Owner, Double A Vineyards
Fredonia, NY

Phil Freese
Owner:  WineGrow, Healdsburg, CA and Vilafonté Vineyards, Stellenbosch, South Africa 

Fritz Westover
Owner, Westover Vineyard Advising, TX

Kevin Judkins
Owner/Operator, Inland Desert Nursery, WA
Steve Mudd
Mudd Vineyards, Long Island, NY
Vicky Scharlau
Executive Director, Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers
Cashmere, WA

Rachel Lipman
Loew Vineyards/Maryland Vineyard Mangement, MD

Keith Streigler
E&J Gallo Winery, Acampo, CA

State Regulatory Representatives (5):
East/Central  West
David Johnson
Plant Protection Specialist (region 6)
Missouri Department of Agriculture
Jefferson City, MO

Josh Kress
California Dept. of Food and Ag., Sacramento, CA

Margaret Kelly
Assistant Director, Division of Plant Industry
New York Department of Agriculture & Markets
Albany, New York

Gary McAninch
Oregon Dept Agriculture

   Liz Vavricka
Program Manager, Plant Pathology Laboratory
Idaho Department of Agriculture
Boise, ID
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 System)
Fredericksburg, TXvacancy

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 University
New York State Agricultural Experiment Station
Geneva, NY
Robert Martin
Research Leader, Research Plant Pathologist (Virology)
USDA-ARS Horticulture Crops Research Unit
Corvallis, OR

Wenping Qiu
Professor and Director
Center for Grapevine Biotechnology
Missouri State University, Mountain Grove, MO

Rhonda Smith
Viticulture Farm Advisor (Sonoma County)
University of California Cooperative Extension
Santa Rosa, CA

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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