The Vermont Agency of Agriculture Plant Pathologist is charged with identifying plant diseases occurring in nurseries, greenhouses, field crops, retail outlets, home gardens and the non-forested environment generally, and providing appropriate counsel on control methods and options. The objectives of the plant pathologist include:
- Diagnose plant diseases
- Make recommendations for disease prevention and control, with emphasis on Integrated Pest Management techniques
- Conduct nursery inspections
- Provide outreach and education
- Increase public awareness of native and exotic plant diseases
The office of the plant pathologist is located at the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets Laboratory in Waterbury, Vermont.