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General Policy Committees

Collections and Germplasm. Promotes and fosters the collection, preservation, improvement, and utilization of U.S. and international resources of microbial and higher-plant germplasm. Identifies issues relevant to germplasm resources. Advocates judicious improvements in collections and germplasm systems and constructively influences policies and procedures, through the agency of the APS Council, by such means as (a) committee proposals, (b) APS publications and discussion sessions, and (c) communications with other scientific societies, governmental agencies, institutions, and industry.

Early Career Professionals. Assists early career professionals in academic, cooperative extension, governmental, or industry positions in areas such as training, career opportunities, professional advancement, activity participation at APS annual and division meetings, communication and facilitation of professional contacts and encouragement of greater personal growth.

Extension. Represents the members of the society who deal with extension or outreach educational activities. It addresses requests from the membership, the president, and Council concerning extension-related subjects and provides leadership within the society in the area of extension. It is the intent of this committee to provide equitable representation for each of the divisions on the Extension Committee roster.

Graduate Student. Strives to integrate students into society affairs and activities and to recommend ways to address student concerns. It is composed of graduate students in plant pathology. Division councilors will serve as liaison to the committee. The Graduate Student Committee chair serves as chair of the selection committee for the student travel awards to the APS annual meeting. The chair also serves as an ex officio (nonvoting) member of the APS Foundation Board.

Industry. This committee promotes close working relationships between the seed, biotechnology, agrochemical, equipment, and other plant health related industries. The committee facilitates discussions of issues and policies of mutual interest to industry and APS. The committee sponsors the New Products and Services session at the annual meeting to highlight new products and technologies available to agriculture.

Committee for Diversity and Equality. Promotes the professional development of women and encourages their representation within the society. Assists cultural minorities who are permanent residents of North America in areas such as training, career opportunities, professional advancement, activities at the annual meeting, communication and recognition of significant contributions made to APS by minorities, facilitation of social contacts, and encouragement of greater personal growth.

Regulatory Plant Pathology. Identifies diseases that pertain to or are amenable to regulation by federal or state agencies. Important diseases not occurring in the United States, but constituting a threat if introduced, are identified and concerns are expressed to the appropriate governmental agencies after consultation with Council.

Teaching. Considers aspects of instruction and education in the discipline of phytopathology, other than those traditionally reserved for continuing education such as those activities carried out by the Extension Service and other agencies.

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