Donna Henderson is the new plant pathology farm advisor with the University of California Cooperative Extension in Imperial County effective March 2, according to County Director Eric Natwick.

Henderson will provide plant disease education and research to assist pest control advisers and growers in Imperial County.

Henderson earned a bachelor's degree in Biology at the University of Idaho in 2002 and a master's degree in Plant Science at the University of Idaho in 2004. She earned a doctorate in Plant Pathology at Washington State University last year.

Henderson comes to Imperial County from Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Her experience includes working with farmers and consultants growers on nematode and foliar pathogen research and education.

Imperial County agriculture had a gross value of nearly $1.4 billion in 2007 including more than $955 million worth of vegetable, field, fruit seed, and nursery crops.