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Dr. Björkman goes to Washington

ASHS delegation meeting the Secretary of Agriculture's conference room in the Whitten Building with his Chief of Staff Krysta Harden.When he’s not busy investigating cover crops or helping to forge an expanded East Coast broccoli industry, Thomas Björkman serves as National Issues Task Force chair for the American Society for Horticultural Science.

On April 25, Björkman was part of an ASHS delegation that visited the offices of 21 Senators and members of Congress, and attended the Horticulture subcommittee hearing on the 2013 Farm Bill.

At the visits to New York members Reed, Maloney, Collins and Gillibrand, Cornell horticultural research and extension were warmly praised and favorable funding for our work enthusiastically supported, reports Björkman.

The delegation also met with Krysta Harden, Sec. of Agriculture Vilsack’s Chief of Staff (right). “We discussed the Secretary’s intention to plan for who our farmers will be in 2062 (USDA’s bicentennial), how they will be trained and what support resources they will have available,” says Björkman.

ASHS Delegation: Essie Fallahi (ASHS International VP, U of Idaho), Gary Bachman (ASHS Extension VP), Dewayne Ingram (ASHS Board Chair, U of Kentucky),Mary Meyer (ASHS President-Elect, U of Minnesota), Paul Bosland (ASHS President, New Mexico State), David Hensley (ASHS Finance Chair, U of Arkansas), John Lea-Cox (ASHS Research VP, U of Maryland), Mike Neff (ASHS Exec Director), Thomas Björkman (ASHS National Issues Task Force chair, Cornell), Tricia Knight (ASHS Research VP-elect), Jeff Olsen (ASHS Extension VP-elect, Oregon State).

ASHS Delegation: Essie Fallahi (ASHS International VP, U of Idaho), Gary Bachman (ASHS Extension VP), Dewayne Ingram (ASHS Board Chair, U of Kentucky),Mary Meyer (ASHS President-Elect, U of Minnesota), Paul Bosland (ASHS President, New Mexico State), David Hensley (ASHS Finance Chair, U of Arkansas), John Lea-Cox (ASHS Research VP, U of Maryland), Mike Neff (ASHS Exec Director), Thomas Björkman (ASHS National Issues Task Force chair, Cornell), Tricia Knight (ASHS Research VP-elect), Jeff Olsen (ASHS Extension VP-elect, Oregon State).

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