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Southern Gardening host elected industry president
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Gary Bachman, host of the multimedia series Southern Gardening, began a one-year term as president of the Southern Region of the American Society for Horticultural Science on Feb. 1.
He was elected by a majority vote of the 200-member professional organization, which represents 16 states and is part of the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists. Bachman, Mississippi State University Extension Service horticulture specialist and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station researcher, was installed as president at the group’s annual meeting in Atlanta. Bachman was previously elected to the national American Society for Horticultural Science’s board of directors as vice-president of the Extension division.
The Southern Gardening package includes weekly newspaper columns, radio programs, television segments and an online presence.
“Gary is a tremendous asset to Mississippi State University,” said Patricia Knight, head of the MSU Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi, where Bachman is based. “His election as president for the Southern Region is a testament to the value that his peers place on his leadership skills. I am honored to have him in our department.”
The goal of the American Society for Horticultural Science is to promote horticulture and the exchange of information in this field. Sections within the organization focus on ornamental plants, fruit crops and vegetables.