PSA Northwest Regional Extension Associate
Collins joined the Produce Safety Alliance team as the Northwest Regional Extension Associate in March 2022. For most of his career Collins has worked with growers, both commercial and subsistence, small and large scale. He has a passion for helping growers implement scientifically proven practices to improve productivity and profitability. All this stems from his upbringing where his family farmed a piece of land in Uganda. His mom kept complaining of pests and diseases affecting crop production, inspiring Collins to study agriculture with the intention of helping his family and other growers with similar challenges. He has training and experience in general agriculture, extension education, and plant sciences. Collins holds an Associate degree in crop production and management from Bukalasa Agriculture College, a Bachelor degree in agriculture and rural innovation from Makerere University (both located in Uganda), a Master of Science degree in Plant Science from South Dakota State University, and is wrapping up a Ph.D. in Plant pathology from Montana State University. He has trained growers on disease management aspects and taught an undergraduate introductory microbiology class. In 2016, he had an opportunity to work with a fresh produce export company as the quality assurance/phytosanitary officer. That experience generated his interest to continue to help fresh produce growers, export companies, and other stakeholders develop and implement practices that ensure produce safety. He is so excited to be able to do the same with growers, packers, regulatory personnel, educators, and others interested in the safety of fresh produce in the Northwest and beyond.