New Funding for the Crop Protection Network Expands Corn and Soybean Pest Management Resources

Mar 4, 2021

The Crop Protection Network (CPN) has recently received funding from the United Soybean Board (USB) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) to expand resources related to corn and soybean pest management. That funding has allowed CPN to hire a full-time communication specialist.

“This funding is going to allow us to better deliver our message to the people who need it,” said Daren Mueller, extension plant pathologist at Iowa State University and co-director of CPN. “We have a multinational organization with a lot of great information for farmers and crop consultants around the world.”

Thomas Nelson was hired as CPN’s communication specialist to help increase communication efforts to soybean and corn stakeholders in the United States and Canada. Thomas is coming from the journalism industry where he worked as a reporter for four years. He is a graduate of Iowa State University, and also served four years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps.

“CPN is happy to welcome him to the team,” Mueller said. “2021 is looking really great with this funding.”

“This funding will go a long way to further our efforts to work across the U.S. and North America,” said Kiersten Wise, University of Kentucky plant pathology professor and co-director of CPN. “I’m excited to see the benefits in 2021.”

CPN is a multi-state and international partnership of university and provincial Extension Specialists, and public and private professionals that provides unbiased, research-based information. CPN’s goal is to communicate relevant information to farmers and agricultural personnel to help with decisions related to protecting field crops.

                        For more information contact: To learn more about United Soybean Board, visit and to learn more about National Corn Growers Association, visit

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