We are an interdisciplinary team built of university faculty, staff, students, cooperative extension and farmers. We work with extension partners across the project region to connect with farmers and build a growing network of farms that are performing trials, adapting and expanding their reduced tillage practices.

Our team includes:

  Anusuya Rangarajan, Senior Extension Associate, Horticulture
ar47@cornell.edu
Ryan Maher, Research and Extension Specialist, Horticulture
ryan.maher@cornell.edu
Brian Caldwell, Research Specialist, Soil & Crop Sciences
bac11@cornell.edu
_0012_rickard Brad Rickard, Associate Professor, Applied Economics and Management
Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
bjr83@cornell.edu
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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hutton Mark Hutton, Associate Professor, Vegetable Crops
UME Cooperative Extension, Highmoor Farm - Monmouth, ME
mhutton@umext.maine.edu
mark Mark Hutchinson, Extension Professor
University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Know-Lincoln County Office - Waldoboro, ME
mhutch@maine.edu
gallandt Eric Gallandt, Associate Professor, Weed Ecology and Management
School of Food and Agriculture - Orono, ME
gallandt@maine.edu

DanBrainardPhoto Dan Brainard, Associate Professor, Horticulture
brainar9@msu.edu
zsofia_szendrei Zsofia Szendrei, Assistant Professor, Entomology
szendrei@msu.edu
morrone Vicki Morrone, MSU Center for Regional Food Systems, Organic Specialist for Organic Production
sorrone@msu.edu

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 surveys, articles and fact sheets; and 4) provided farmer input for the design and implementation of field experiments.
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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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