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NJDA Manager Elected President of National Plant Board
For Immediate Release: September 1, 1999 Contact:

Hope Gruzlovic


NJDA's Plant Industry Director Robert J. Balaam was elected president of the National Plant Board during their annual meeting in Portland, Oregon, last month. Balaam has been the New Jersey representative to the National Plant Board since 1992 and has served as secretary/treasurer as well as vice president. In addition, he is a member of the Eastern Plant Board having served as president from 1995/96. A graduate of Rutgers University with a bachelor's degree in entomology, Balaam began his career with the department in 1970 as an entomologist trainee, becoming director of the Division of Plant Industry in 1992. The division's programs include plant pest and disease control, biological pest control and plant laboratory services. A resident of Stockton, Hunterdon County, he and his wife Pat, have three children and five grandchildren. The National Plant Board is an organization of plant pest regulatory agencies of each of the states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. This organization provides leadership in plant protection and certification as well as pest prevention and management to protect American agriculture, forestry, horticulture and the environment from harmful plant pests.