Happy retirement to USDA’s Dr Peter Bretting

Congratulations to Dr Peter Bretting on his imminent retirement from USDA.

After 32+ years of dedicated public service, Dr. Peter Bretting is retiring from his post as Senior National Program Leader for Plant Germplasm and Genomes with the USDA-ARS Office of National Programs. Dr. Bretting has been with National Programs since 1998. Previous to this post, he served as Research Leader and Coordinator, USDA-ARS, North Central Regional Plant Introduction Station (NCRPIS), and USDA-ARS Collaborator-Associate Professor of Agronomy and Botany, Iowa State University. Prior to joining USDA-ARS, he served as Research Program Director, Indiana Crop Improvement Association, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Botany and Plant Pathology, Purdue University.

He rides off into the sunset on a high, having masterminded the USDA’s new National Strategic Germplasm and Cultivar Collection Assessment and Utilization Plan, as requested by the 2018 Farm Bill. That directed the USDA to “develop and implement a national strategic germplasm and cultivar collection assessment and utilization plan that takes into consideration the resources and research necessary to address the significant backlog of characterization and maintenance of existing accessions considered to be critical to preserve the viability of, and public access to, germplasm and cultivars.”

Quite the parting gift. And a worthy final touch to an enormous legacy.

There’s a celebration of Dr Bretting’s career and tremendous contributions to plant genetic research and crop genetics, genomics and systematics on Monday, 18 December 2023 at 1:00-3:00 pm EST. Let me know if you’d like the ZOOM link.

Very best wishes for a long and happy retirement, Peter!

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