Extension AFNR Specialists and Educators Reference Guide
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Contact infoCoulterJeffreyAgronomy and Plant GeneticsExtension AgronomistSt. PaulHelp corn producers increase productivity and profitability while protecting our natural resources. Solving current and future issues in corn production through field experiments conducted at University Research and Outreach Centers and in production fields throughout the state. 
Contact infoWellsScottyAgronomy and Plant GeneticsExtension AgronomistSt. PaulIncorporating forages, perennial crops, and/or cover crops into existing Minnesota cropping systems to increase crop diversity, control pests, improve soil and water quality, and enhance nutrient cycling.
Contact infoNaeveSethAgronomy and Plant GeneticsExtension Agronomist-SoybeansSt. PaulApplied soybean production and physiology research focused yield and seed quality enhancement, Soybean production Extension program, International market expansion of bulk commodity and food grade soybean and soybean products.
Contact infoBeckerRogerAgronomy and Plant GeneticsExtension Agronomist-Weed ScienceSt. PaulWeed management including purple loosestrife, garlic mustard, common buckthorn, Canada thistle, commercial processing sweet corn and peas, biological control of weeds, and the environmental impacts of herbicides.
Contact infoGunsolusJeffreyAgronomy and Plant GeneticsExtension Agronomist-Weed ScienceSt. PaulDevelop more sustainable corn and soybean production systems by addressing the principles of safe, effective, cost-efficient and diversified weed management.
Contact infoRobinsonAndrewAgronomy and Plant GeneticsExtension Potato AgronomistFargo (NDSU)Potato production in North Dakota and Minnesota; research and extension is concentrated on the exposure of potatoes to herbicides, the effect of row spacing and nutrient management, and developing educational materials for potato producers and professionals.
Contact infoKhanMohamed Agronomy and Plant GeneticsExtension Sugarbeet SpecialistFargo (NDSU)Research is aimed at improving management of diseases such as Cercospora leaf spot, Rhizoctonia crown and root rot, Rhizomania and Fusarium yellows, and agronomic practices such as optimum plant populations and nitrogen management.
Contact infoPetersThomasAgronomy and Plant GeneticsExtension Sugarbeet SpecialistFargo (NDSU)Sugarbeet and weed science.
Contact infoWiersmaJochumAgronomy and Plant Genetics - Northwest ROCSmall Grains SpecialistCrookstonSmall grains specialist--wheat, barley, etc.
Contact infoMartinsonKrishonaAnimal ScienceEquine Extension SpecialistSt. PaulEquine forage utilization and management, forage related equine health issues, poisonous plants and weed control, equine industry impacts and trends.
Contact infoDiCostanzoAlfredoAnimal ScienceExtension Animal Science-Beef St. PaulNutrition and management factors affecting the biologic and economic efficiency of cow-calf and feedlot operations, evaluation of alternative feeds and feeding and management strategies to improve economic efficiency, determination of nutrient requirements to enhance economic and environmentally sustainable beef production.
Contact infoNollSallyAnimal ScienceExtension Animal Scientist-TurkeysSt. PaulNutrition and feeding of market turkeys, management, health and stress interactions in market turkeys, improving poultry waste utilization production.
Contact infoEndresMarciaAnimal ScienceExtension Dairy ScientistSt. PaulDairy cattle well-being, management, and behavior.
Contact infoCoxRyanAnimal ScienceExtension Meats SpecialistSt. PaulValue-added animal product processing and safety, feeding biofuel by-products to livestock and effect on meat quality and safety, pre-harvest effects on meat quality; the effect of alternative finishing systems on the consumer perception of quality, processed meat technology; alternative methods to providing safe and wholesome products to the consumer.
Contact infoHeinsBradleyAnimal Science-West Central ROCExtension Animal Science-Organic Dairy ManagementMorrisOrganic dairy production and crossbreeding in dairy cattle.
Contact infoLazarusWilliamApplied Economics Extension Economist-Farm ManagementSt. PaulFarm business and financial management.
Contact infoFruinJeremiahApplied Economics Extension Economist-Marketing/TransportationSt. PaulNational and international logistics and transportation requirements for agricultural commodities, financing of transportation infrastructures, the management of rural road systems, grain transportation and marketing, the economics of biomass energy systems, and the economics of solid waste disposal.
Contact infoSandsGaryBioproducts and Biosystems EngineeringDepartment Head-Bioproducts and Biosystems EngineeringSt. PaulLand and water resources including: environmental impacts and sustainability of agricultural systems, measuring and modeling the impacts of water management systems, nutrient losses from artificially drained lands, water resource utilization, GIS applications in water resources, water quality.
Contact infoHuelmanPatrickBioproducts and Biosystems EngineeringExtension Specialist-Building and Energy SystemsSt. PaulThermal and moisture performance of residential building systems, components, and materials. Heavily involved with energy efficient design, foundation systems, and innovative building technologies.
Contact infoHahnJeffreyEntomologyExtension EntomologistSt. PaulUrban entomology (household, landscape, garden insects).
Contact infoKellsStephenEntomologyExtension EntomologistSt. PaulThe behavioral ecology of bed bugs and stored product pests, including mold mites, leading toward sustainable integrated pest management (IPM) solutions.
Contact infoKochRobertEntomologyExtension EntomologistSt. PaulApplied ecology and integrated pest management of arthropods associated with soybean.
Contact infoKrischikVeraEntomologyExtension EntomologistSt. PaulIncrease the use of integrated pest management (IPM) tactics, including the use of scouting programs and the application of biorationals, to reduce insect problems in the Twin Cities.
Contact infoOstlieKennethEntomologyExtension EntomologistSt. PaulAgricultural entomology; contemporary management challenges posed by changing insect risks, evolving technologies and dynamic production needs.
Contact infoMac RaeIanEntomology-Northwest ROCExtension EntomologistCrookstonSite-specific integrated pest management (IPM) ; landscape ecology and population dynamics; geographic information systems (GIS), spatial statistics and computer applications in entomology; use of interactive information systems in technology transfer and extension; spatial aspects of pesticide resistance.
Contact infoPotterBruceEntomology-Southwest ROCIntegrated Pest Management SpecialistLambertonIntegrated pest management specialist in crops.
Contact infoBlairRobertFisheries, Wildlife and Conservation BiologyExtension Specialist-Wildlife/FisheriesSt. PaulEcology of human-dominated landscapes, birds as indicators of ecological integrity, conservation of native species, environmental education.
Contact infoFeirtagJoellenFood Science and NutritionExtension Specialist-Food ScienceSt. PaulFood safety, food processing, food microbiology, hazard analysis, and HAACP.
Contact infoRussellMatthewForest ResourcesExtension SpecialistSt. PaulResearch interests focus on examining how changing environmental conditions influence the structure and function of forests. Specifically, I examine how disturbances alter forest conditions, assess how indicators can be used to assess forest health ranging from individual trees to landscape scales, and develop natural resource management tools using our scientific knowledge on forest responses to various threats.
Contact infoBlinnCharlesForest ResourcesExtension Specialist-Forest ResourcesSt. PaulForest management. Specific research areas include: assessing the impacts of applying forest management guidelines on timber harvesting productivity, evaluating the effectiveness of forest management guidelines to mitigate impacts within forested riparian areas, evaluating stream and wetland crossings options to assess their ability to support equipment without impacting the environment, and the influence of timber sale policies on bidding behavior.
Contact infoHorganBrianHorticultural ScienceExtension Horticulturalist-TurfgrassSt. PaulNutrient fate and general turfgrass management. Specifically, he works to improve our nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizer recommendations, gain a better understanding of the fate of phosphorus in our environment, and use organic nitrogen fractions in the soil to create an N-credit program.
Contact infoTongCindyHorticultural ScienceExtension Post-Harvest HorticulturistSt. PaulPostharvest physiology. Helps fresh market fruit and vegetable growers with their harvest, handling, and storage problems. Determining how fruit of some apple genotypes maintain their crispness and limitations to anthocyanin accumulation related to the color of red potatoes.
Contact infoHerzfeldDeanPlant PathologyCoordinator-Pesticide Safety and Environmental EducationSt. PaulOccupational, health, environmental, and community concerns of pesticide use. Environmental risk communication. Public ethics of educational program development.
Contact infoMalvickDeanPlant PathologyExtension Plant PathologistSt. PaulBiology and management of fungal and oomycete plant pathogens and their interactions with plants.
Contact infoOrshinskyAngelaPlant PathologyExtension Plant Pathologist - HorticultureSt. PaulProgram focuses on development and application of integrated pest management (IPM) practices for horticultural crop production and the horticultural industries. Research interests include biological control of plant pathogens and plant disease diagnostics. Integrated Extension education activities serve Minnesota fruit and vegetable growers, the Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation, and the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association.
Contact infoSmithMadeleinePlant Pathology - Northwest ROCExtension Plant Pathologist - Small Grains and CanolaCrookstonEfficient ways to control and manage diseases of small-grained cereals and canola. Understand pathogen populations, the selection pressures driving pathogen evolution, and when these might pose a threat to crop production.
Contact infoSeeleyMarkSoil, Water and ClimateExtension Agricultural ClimatologistSt. PaulUtilization of meteorological and climatological data for agricultural production systems and management of natural resources.
Contact infoKaiserDanielSoil, Water and ClimateExtension Soil Scientist-Soil/Plant Nutrition ManagementSt. PaulNutrition management and crops.
Contact infoFernández Fabián Soil, Water and ClimateExtension SpecialistSt. PaulSoil nutrient (especially nitrogen) management from the agronomic production side and the water quality/ environmental issues side.
Contact infoPagliariPauloSoil, Water and Climate-Southwest ROCExtension Soil Scientist-Nutrient ManagementLambertonUnderstanding relationship between soil fertility status and soil biological processes and how this interaction affects crop yield on both conventional and organic cropping systems.
Contact infoEhlkeNancyAgronomy and Plant GeneticsDepartment Head-AgronomySt. PaulHead of the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics. Research on the genetics and breeding methodologies of turf grasses and native legumes and develop management strategies which maximize the profitability and sustainability of grass and legume seed production in northern Minnesota.
Contact infoGarcia y GarciaAxelAgronomy and Plant GeneticsExtension AgronomistLambertonResearch and extension education programs in cropping systems including the corn-soybean rotation that focus on using innovative approaches to enhance Minnesota cropping systems for improving productivity and profitability while delivering ecosystem services.
Contact infoShursonGeraldAnimal ScienceExtension Animal Scientist-Swine NutritionistSt. PaulApplied swine nutrition and management, pork quality and safety, manure management and odor reduction in swine facilities, dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS).
Contact infoBaidooSamuelAnimal Science-Southern ROCExtension Animal Scientist-SwineWasecaNutrition and management factors to enhance economic and environmentally sustainable swine production, energy and amino acids nutrition of sows and impact on sow productivity and longevity, evaluation of alternative feeds and feeding and management strategies to improve economic efficiency in swine production.
Contact infoJohnstonLeeAnimal Science-West Central ROCExtension Animal Science-SwineMorrisEnergy and protein nutrition of sows, management of reproducing sows, nutrition/environment interactions, nutrition of the newly weaned pigs, feedstuff evaluation, and gilt development.
Contact infoNefsteadWardApplied Economics Extension Economist-MarketingSt. PaulMarketing information prioritization for agricultural producers, alternative instructional approaches for agribusiness accounting, and the influence of psychographic typology as an indicator of farm management/marketing information needs.
Contact infoHurleyTerranceApplied Economics Extension Educator-Farm ManagementSt. PaulProduction and risk with an emphasis on the adoption and regulation of emerging technologies.
Contact infoJanniKevinBioproducts and Biosystems EngineeringExtension EngineerSt. PaulLivestock housing systems, gas phase biofilters, air quality mitigation, environmental control and ventilating system design for livestock and poultry buildings, milk house wastewater treatment. Agricultural odor and gas sources, emissions and their control.
Contact infoCravenRobertCenter for Farm Financial ManagementExtension Economist-Farm ManagementSt. PaulFarm financial management and crop marketing.
Contact infoKlairKevinCenter for Farm Financial ManagementExtension Economist-Farm ManagementSt. PaulFINPACK farm financial planning and analysis software, as well as Marketeer market planning software and the FINPACK Business Plan software programs.
Contact infoUssetEdwardCenter for Farm Financial ManagementResearch Fellow-Farm ManagementSt. PaulGrain marketing.
Contact infoCardonaCarolCollege of Veterinary Medicine--Veterinary and Biomedical SciencesExtension SpecialistSt. PaulViral disease pathogenesis in domestic poultry species, specifically on diseases that modulate host responses. Interested in the viral and host factors that determine transmissibility and viral adaptation particularly in how that relates to interspecies transmission.
Contact infoAngellWilliamDepartment of Design, Housing, and ApparelExtension specialist St. PaulIndoor air quality, indoor environments, indoor environmental health, radon, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Contact infoHutchisonWilliamEntomologyDepartment Head-Entomology St. PaulDevelopment of biologically-based integrated pest management programs.
Contact infoSpivakMarlaEntomologyExtension EntomologistSt. PaulBasic research on mechanisms of social behaviors to practical collaborations and courses to help beekeepers to improve bee breeding and management practices.
Contact infoGalatowitschSusanFisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology and Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research CenterDepartment Head-Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation BiologySt. PaulEcological restoration of wetlands, rivers, lakeshores, prairies; land use impacts to wetland biodiversity; climate change adaptation.
Contact infoMallikarjunanP. KumarFood Science and NutritionDepartment Head-Food Science and Nutrition St. PaulFood process engineering and development.
Contact infoJohnsonGaryForest ResourcesExtension Specialist-Urban and Community ForestrySt. PaulTree failure due to loading events; stem girdling root syndrome: causes, effects, prevention, treatment; effects of construction activities on tree and urban forest health: early detection, prevention and treatment; production of nursery grown trees and shrubs: gravel bed systems, pot-in-pot production, producing quality root systems; effects of deep planting on the health and condition of trees.
Contact infoLoegeringJohnForest Resources-UMN, CrookstonExtension SpecialistCrookstonAvian ecology, wildlife-habitat relationships, wildlife-human interactions, riparian and wetland ecosystems, quantitative ecology, curator, UMC wildlife museum.
Contact infoHooverEmilyHorticultural ScienceDepartment Head-Horticulture Science, Extension HorticulturalistSt. PaulEvaluation of winter hardiness and winter protection/adaptation to enhance profitability, efficiency, and sustainability of fruit cropping systems. Areas of emphasis include using apple rootstocks to increase efficiency of apple cropping systems, and weed control strategies for strawberry cropping systems.
Contact infoClarkMatthewHorticultural ScienceExtension HorticulturistSt. PaulGrape breeding and enology. Breeding plants that are tolerant to abiotic stresses, diseases and insects.
Contact infoMeyerMaryHorticultural ScienceExtension HorticulturistChaskaDevelopment and coordination of statewide multi-media educational programs in environmental and consumer horticulture, including sustainable home landscapes.
Contact infoErwinJohnHorticultural ScienceExtension Horticulturist-FloricultureSt. PaulUnderstanding of temperature effects on flowering and photosynthesis to increase high and/or low temperature tolerance.
Contact infoFritzVincentHorticultural Science-Southern ROC and North Central ROCExtension Horticulturist-VegetablesWaseca and Grand RapidsProcessing and fresh market vegetable production, enhancing health benefits in vegetable crops.
Contact infoBradeenJamesPlant PathologyDepartment Head-Plant PathologySt. PaulResearch focuses on the genetics and genomics of plant resistance to major pathogens in the Solanaceae (potato, tomato, tobacco) and Rosaceae (apple, peach, strawberry, rose) families.
Contact infoChandaAshokPlant PathologyExtension Plant PathologistCrookstonDiseases and disease management affecting sugarbeet production.
Contact infoRosenCarlSoil, Water and ClimateDepartment Head-Soil, Water and Climate, Extension Soil ScientistSt. PaulVegetable and fruit crops commercially grown in Minnesota.
Contact infoMinegishiKotaAnimal ScienceExtension SpecialistSt. PaulDairy production decision analytics
Contact infoHadrichJoleenApplied Economics Extension EconomistSt. PaulResearch focuses on agricultural finance and production economics with an emphasis on farm-level profitability. Recent research has examined changes in wealth and income variation on U.S. dairy farms across time and applying human health concepts to dairy cows to determine the economic cost of common animal diseases at a farm-level.
Contact infoMahnkenCurtisApplied Economics, CFFMExtension EconomistSt. PaulFarm business and financial management, dairy.
Contact infoCortusErinBioproducts and Biosystems EngineeringExtension EngineerSt. PaulThe past, present and future research on swine, beef cattle, and livestock systems in general by Dr. Cortus demonstrates the advantages, challenges, and need for measurement, modeling, and the use of feedback (in various forms). These research experiences range from lab-scale study of gaseous emissions to producer-driven, barn-scale evaluations of building and management decisions affecting nutrient flow through barns.
Contact infoPrimusAlexCollege of Veterinary Medicine--Department of Veterinary Population Medicine Extension aquaculture specialistSt. PaulAlex has strong interests in infectious disease, fish health, one health, and the diversity of biological systems. His current work focuses on emerging infections of fish, the development of sustainable aquaculture practices, and ecosystem health. Much of his work is interdisciplinary in nature and incorporates analyses at several levels of biological organization ranging from genes and cells to organisms and populations.
Contact infoVidovicSinisaCollege of Veterinary Medicine--Veterinary and Biomedical SciencesExtension SpecialistSt. PaulPoultry health
Contact infoHoffmanTravisDepartment of Animal Sciences - NDSUExtension Sheep SpecialistFargo (NDSU)Leadership for sheep Extension programs in North Dakota and Minnesota and NDSU Animal Sciences sheep research.
Contact infoLarkinDanielFisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology and Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research CenterExtension Specialist-Fish, Wildlife and Conservation BiologySt. PaulRestoration ecology and invasion biology. Developing more effective ways to guide the recovery of degraded habitats and associated biodiversity and ecosystem services, primarily in wetland and aquatic systems impacted by invasive plant species.
Contact infoWilsonMelissaSoil, Water and ClimateExtension specialist - manure management and water qualitySt. PaulContaminant hydrology, nutrient management, manure management and water quality.
Contact infoSagorEliSustainable Forests Education CooperativeProgram Manager and Extension SpecialistCloquet Forestry CenterManages the Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative based at the Cloquet Forestry Center. Programming primarily addresses forest ecology and management, with a focus on resilience.
Contact infoPetersonJeffreyWater Resources CenterDirector Water Resources CenterSt. PaulResearch focus on environmental policy analysis, primarily as related to water use and water quality impacts from agriculture.
Contact infoVan NurdenPaulineCenter for Farm Financial ManagementExtension Economist-Farm ManagementSt. PaulFarm business analysis, farm financial management, and other topics related to assisting farmers meet their operational and personal goals.
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