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We are an interdisciplinary team built of university faculty, staff, students, cooperative extension and farmers. Our project includes:

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Anusuya Rangarajan, Senior Extension Associate, Horticulture

ar47@cornell.edu

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Ryan Maher, Research and Extension Specialist, Horticulture

ryan.maher@cornell.edu

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Brian Caldwell, Research Specialist, Soil & Crop Sciences

bac11@cornell.edu

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Brad Rickard, Associate Professor, Applied Economics and Management

Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

bjr83@cornell.edu

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Meg McGrath, Associate Professor, Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology

Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center – Riverhead, NY

mtm3@cornell.edu

 

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Mark Hutton, Associate Professor, Vegetable Crops

UME Cooperative Extension, Highmoor Farm – Monmouth, ME

mhutton@umext.maine.edu

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Mark Hutchinson, Extension Professor

University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Know-Lincoln County Office – Waldoboro, ME

mhutch@maine.edu

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Eric Gallandt, Associate Professor, Weed Ecology and Management

School of Food and Agriculture – Orono, ME

gallandt@maine.edu

 

Michigan State University

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Dan Brainard, Associate Professor, Horticulture

brainar9@msu.edu

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Zsofia Szendrei, Assistant Professor, Entomology

szendrei@msu.edu

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Vicki Morrone, MSU Center for Regional Food Systems, Organic Specialist for Organic Production

sorrone@msu.edu

We work with extension partners across the project region to connect with farmers and build growing network of farms that are performing trials, adapting and expanding their reduced tillage practices.

 

Organic Grower Advisors

The organic reduced tillage project started with farmers. In winter 2015, we brought together eleven experienced
vegetable farmers to outline the skills needed to adopt a reduced tillage farming system in a three-day intensive workshop. Each grower shared the knowledge and experience from their own approach to reduced tillage on their farm. Together, with help of a trained facilitator, they developed a list of the tasks that an organic farmer should consider to be successful in planning, implementing and evaluating reduced in vegetable systems. This workshop 1) built a working farmer team to create information-sharing relationships; 2) broadened researcher notions of the various approaches to RT; 3) provided an extension template for reduced farm articles and fact sheets; and 4) provided farmer input for the design and implementation of field experiments.

Organic RT Grower Advisors:

Funding

Current research and extension materials are based upon work that is supported by the NationalInstitute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number award # 2014-51300-22244.


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