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By Fred Miller firstname.lastname@example.orgU of A System Division of AgricultureFeb. 27, 2018
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Travis Faske can catch his breath now that he is immediate past
president of the Southern Division of the American Phytopathological Society.
Faske was the society’s president in 2017 and was inducted at the Southern APS meeting
in 2017. He said his biggest responsibility was planning the 2018 annual meeting,
which was held Feb. 17-18 in Fayetteville. As of that meeting, Faske is now immediate
This year’s meeting was co-hosted by Arkansas and Indiana APS members.
Faske said the APS is an organization of scientists who love plant pathology and offers
opportunities to share and collaborate on research. He said APS also focuses on supporting
plant pathology students.
“The students are the main driving force of the Southern Division,” Faske said.
He said one of the most important functions of the annual meeting is to give graduate
students an opportunity to present their research in a professional meeting. They
also have opportunities to meet and learn from plant pathology researchers from across
Faske said the meeting was made possible largely by support from several sponsors.
“We would have had to charge members substantially more to attend without their support,”
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex,
gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital
or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and
is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Media Contact: Fred Miller U of A System Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Servicefmiller@uada.edu