The National Plant Germplasm Coordinating Committee (NPGCC) promotes a stronger, more efficient, more widely-recognized and better utilized National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS). Its goals are to facilitate the coordination of ARS, NIFA and SAES planning and assessment mechanisms for NPGS policy, organization, operations and support; promote awareness and understanding of the NPGS across ARS, NIFA, and SAES and, more broadly, to the scientific community; and serve as a vehicle for improving communications and discussions about issues impacting the NPGS with ARS, SAES, and NIFA. It assesses, develops and recommends to the SAES, ARS and NIFA strategies for improved coordination of NPGS activities; develops and recommends a process for improved communication of the value of the NPGS; initiates a strategic planning effort for the NPGS to better define and communicate the vision, mission and short- and long-term goals; and evaluates the current funding models for the NPGS and reports findings to the SAES directors, ARS and NIFA.


NameCommittee PositionAffiliationEmail
Jim MoyerChairWAAESDj.moyer@wsu.edu
Joe CollettiMemberNCRAcolletti@iastate.edu
Jan NyropMemberNERAjpn2@cornell.edu
Clarence WatsonMemberSAAESDcwatson1@uark.edu
Gan-Yuan ZhongMemberUSDA ARSGanYuan.Zhong@ars.usda.gov
Peter BrettingMemberUSDA ARSPeter.Bretting@ARS.USDA.GOV
Larry ChandlerMemberUSDA ARSLarry.Chandler@ars.usda.gov
Ed KaleikauMemberNIFAEKALEIKAU@nifa.usda.gov
Rachel MelnickMemberNIFARMelnick@nifa.usda.gov
David BaltenspergerLiaisonNAPBdbaltensperger@ag.tamu.edu
Chet BoruffLiaisonAOSCAcboruff@aosca.org
Pat ByrneLiaisonPBCCpatrick.byrne@colostate.edu
Tim CupkaLiaisonASTAtim.cupka@agreliantgenetics.com
Eric YoungExecutive Vice-ChairSAAESDeyoung@ncsu.edu
Donna PearceAssistant to the Executive Vice-ChairSAAESDdonna_pearce@ncsu.edu