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Sally Schneider

USDA Agricultural Research Service
Deputy Administrator, Natural Resources & Sustaina
Dr. Schneider received her Ph.D. in Plant Pathology/Nematology from the University of California, Riverside, in 1985.  She joined the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in 1985 as a Research Plant Pathologist to conduct research on crop simulation and modeling in Oxford, NC.   Subsequent assignments within ARS include leading the Precision Agriculture Research Team at Prosser, WA and leading the Alternatives to Methyl Bromide Team at Fresno/Parlier, CA.  In 2006, she became the ARS National Program Leader for Horticulture, Pathogens, and Germplasm and provided programmatic leadership for the ARS research program on fruits; nut trees, much of the floral and nursery crops; and the ARS portion of the IR-4 program.  She was co-leader of the ARS national programs on Crop Production and on Alternatives to Methyl Bromide.  Dr. Schneider served for 13 years on the United Nations Methyl Bromide Technical Options Committee.  She is recognized on both a national and international level for leadership and partnerships in alternatives to methyl bromide research, field level sustainable crop production research, and in the Specialty Crops arena.  In January 2014, Dr. Schneider was named ARS Deputy Administrator for Natural Resources and Sustainable Agricultural Systems which includes the national programs covering research in air, soil, water, bioenergy, climate change mitigation and adaptation, modeling, remote sensing, sustainability, precision agriculture, and pasture/forage/rangelands.  She has received the following team awards:  EPA Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award, USDA Secretary’s Honor Award, White House Closing the Circle Award, and ARS Superior Technology Transfer Award.

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