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Leskey, Tracy
Director
Tracy.Leskey@ars.usda.gov
304-725-3451
APPALACHIAN FRUIT RESEARCH STATION
2217 WILTSHIRE ROAD
Kearneysville, WV 25430-2771

Mission:
The Appalachian Fruit Research Station (AFRS) conducts fundamental, applied and developmental research on critical problems of temperate fruit production (apples, peaches, pears, plums, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries). The AFRS develops new knowledge, germplasm, and technology to maximize productivity and quality of fruit crops, and minimize the adverse effects of biotic and environmental factors on fruit crops to ensure a stable and cost-efficient supply of safe and nutritious fruits to American consumers. Programs focus on germplasm enhancement through molecular and traditional breeding techniques, identification of the critical mechanisms involved in plant physiological processes, development of principles and technology for cost-efficient cropping systems with minimal environmental impact, development of knowledge and sensory techniques for mechanical harvesting, sorting and grading of fruit crops, computer vision technology to aid mechanization and development of knowledge and technology to protect fruit crops using biological control, natural, plant-derived compounds, and other environmentally friendly materials.

  Northeast Area
    Kearneysville, West Virginia
      Location Support Staff
People:
Esprecion, Nicholas
(304) 725-3451

Maintenance Worker
Glassford, Jeremy
(304) 725-3451

Farmer Tractor Operator
Grove, Adam
(304) 725-3451

Maintenance Worker
Kreger, Stephanie
(304) 725-3451

Administrative Officer
Langone, Anthony Tony
(304) 725-3451

Information Technology Specialist (Networking)
Lehman, Laura
(304) 725-3451

Budget and Accounting Assistant
Miller, Michael Mike
(304) 725-3451

Pest Controller
Morris, John
(304) 725-3451

IT Specialist
Ott, Joshua
(304) 725-3451

Farmer Tractor Operator
Root, Harold
(304) 725-3451

Pest Controller Worker
Silveous, Teresa
(304) 725-3451

Program Office Coordinator
Smearman, Timothy Tim
(304) 725-3451

Contract Specialist
Thomas, Kenneth Kenny
(304) 725-3451

Farmer Supervisor
Ware, Jessica
(304) 725-3451

Administrative Support Assistant (Office Automation)