Martin A. Draper, USDA-NIFA

National Program Leader – Plant Pathology/Integrated Pest Management

Martin Draper, a native of Iowa, received his BS in plant pathology and pest management from Iowa State University and MS (barley/bacteriology) and PhD (potato/virology) degrees in plant pathology from North Dakota State University.  Dr. Draper worked for the ND State Seed Department as their plant pathologist and disease-free potato seedstocks manager from 1984 to 1989, served as the director of the Plant Pest Diagnostic Laboratory and Seed Health Testing Laboratory at NDSU from 1989 to 1997, and as Extension Plant Pathologist at South Dakota State University from 1997 to 2006.  Marty has been with the USDA since 2006 as National Program Leader for plant pathology and integrated pest management in the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.  

In his current role with NIFA, he oversees research and integrated competitive grant programs and coordinates NIFA needs with land-grant university multistate committees among other duties.  He is also associated with several extension activities within the agency.  Over the years he has taught in the university setting as well as conducting research and extension activities on field crops, focusing on cereals  (wheat, barley, and durum), oilseeds (soybean, sunflower and safflower), pulse legumes (chickpea, lentil and field pea) and specialty crops, especially potatoes.