AMES, Iowa — The American Society for Horticultural Science has elected Ajay Nair as vice president of its extension division.
Nair is an associate professor and vegetable production extension specialist in the Department of Horticulture at Iowa State University.
Nair assumed the position earlier this month at the association’s annual conference in Chicago. In his new role as vice president of the outreach division, Nair will work closely with ASHS members, universities, industry professionals, students, and the public, to advance outreach initiatives. and the importance of horticulture as it shapes the lives and livelihoods of horticultural producers.
“I am honored and humbled to be elected Vice President of the Extension Division of ASHS,” said Nair. “I look forward to engaging with other members of society, researchers, students, and horticulturalists to build strong and resilient horticultural extension programs in land-grant institutions.”
Nair will play a critical role in communicating the importance of the discovery and sharing of scientific knowledge for the development of socially beneficial, economically efficient and environmentally responsible horticultural production systems. Prior to being elected to this new position, Nair served the ASHS as president, vice president and secretary of several professional interest groups within the society, particularly vegetable crop management, commercial horticulture, pest control, and seed and stand establishment. professional interest groups.
Founded in 1903, the American Society for Horticultural Science is recognized worldwide as one of the most respected and influential professional societies for horticultural scientists. ASHS is committed to promoting and encouraging national and international interest in scientific research and education in all branches of horticulture.
Comprised of thousands of members worldwide, the ASHS represents a broad cross-section of the horticultural community – scientists, educators, students, landscape and turf managers, government, extension workers and industry professionals. Members of ASHS focus on the practices and issues of horticulture: breeding, propagation, production and management, harvesting, handling and storage, processing, marketing and use of horticultural plants and products.
Shareable photo: Ajay Nair, associate professor and extension vegetable production specialist in the Department of Horticulture at Iowa State University.