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Michelle Benigno, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMichelle BenignoDirector of The Science House, Mountain Outreach Office Call Michelle E-mail Michelle Mountain Hort Crops Research & Extension CenterTom Bilbo, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Tom BilboPostdoctoral Research Scholar Call Dr. Tom E-mail Dr. Tom Entomology & Plant PathologyMargaret Bloomquist, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMargaret BloomquistResearch Associate Call Margaret E-mail Margaret Horticultural ScienceTucker BrandtResearch Technician Call Tucker E-mail Tucker Mountain Hort Crops Research & Extension CenterJeff Chandler, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionJeff ChandlerDirector, Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center Call Jeff E-mail Jeff Mountain Hort Crops Research & Extension CenterChris ClavetResearch Specialist Call Chris E-mail Chris Horticultural ScienceCameron CrispResearch Specialist Call Cameron E-mail Cameron Mountain Hort Crops Research & Extension CenterDeron CrispResearch Technician Call Deron E-mail Deron Mountain Hort Crops Research & Extension CenterLori Davis, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionLori DavisNorth Central District Administrative Associate Call Lori E-mail Lori District DirectorsJeanine Davis, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Jeanine DavisExtension Specialist, Herbs / Organics / Specialty Crops / Vegetables / Hemp Call Dr. Jeanine E-mail Dr. Jeanine Horticultural ScienceDerek DennisGraduate Assistant Call Derek E-mail Derek Mountain Hort Crops Research & Extension CenterJessica Edney, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionJessica EdneyAdministrative Services Manager Call Jessica E-mail Jessica Mountain Hort Crops Research & Extension CenterMichael ElliottResearch Specialist Call Michael E-mail Michael Mountain Hort Crops Research & Extension CenterPam Foster, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionPam FosterEFNEP Extension Associate Call Pam E-mail Pam Agricultural & Human SciencesWilliam Hamilton, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionWilliam HamiltonNC Farmlink Co-Director - Western Region Call William E-mail William Horticultural ScienceAmelia Heintz-Botz, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAmelia Heintz-BotzResearch Technician Call Amelia E-mail Amelia Mountain Hort Crops Research & Extension CenterKelley HiemstraWest District Extension Director Call Kelley E-mail Kelley District DirectorsDr. Jeff HinshawExtension Aquaculture Specialist and Professor Call Dr. Jeff E-mail Dr. Jeff Applied EcologyChris HolmbergAgricultural Research Specialist Call Chris E-mail Chris Entomology & Plant PathologyCarol Horne-Tate, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionCarol Horne-TateWest District Administrative Associate Call Carol E-mail Carol District DirectorsTom Hoyt, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionTom HoytFacilities Maintenance Mechanic Call Tom E-mail Tom Mountain Hort Crops Research & Extension CenterNoah JacksonResearch Technician Call Noah E-mail Noah Mountain Hort Crops Research & Extension CenterSusan Kelly, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionSusan KellyNorth Central District Extension Director Call Susan E-mail Susan District DirectorsTom Kon, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Tom KonAssistant Professor: Southeastern Apple Research Specialist Call Dr. Tom E-mail Dr. Tom Horticultural ScienceBryan KonslerTechnology Support Specialist Call Bryan E-mail Bryan Mountain Hort Crops Research & Extension CenterRachel Kreis, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionRachel KreisResearch Assistant Call Rachel E-mail Rachel Entomology & Plant PathologyKatie Learn, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionKatie LearnHorticulture Science Call Katie E-mail Katie Mountain Hort Crops Research & Extension CenterAnthony LeBude, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Anthony LeBudeNursery Crops Extension Specialist and Associate Professor Call Dr. Anthony E-mail Dr. Anthony Horticultural ScienceNathan Lynch, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionNathan LynchResearch Specialist Call Nathan E-mail Nathan Horticultural ScienceCraig Mauney, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionCraig MauneyArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Vegetables and Fruits Serves 39 CountiesBased out of HendersonCall Craig E-mail Craig Henderson County CenterInga Meadows, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionInga MeadowsExtension Associate, Vegetable and Herbaceous Ornamental Pathology Call Inga E-mail Inga Entomology & Plant PathologyWayne Mitchem, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionWayne MitchemSouthern Region Small Fruit Consortium Coordinator and Fruit Weed Management Call Wayne E-mail Wayne Horticultural ScienceAndra NusResearch Assistant Call Andra E-mail Andra Horticultural ScienceEmily Ogburn, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionEmily OgburnResearch Associate Call Emily E-mail Emily Entomology & Plant PathologyJeff OwenArea Extension Specialist (Christmas Trees) Call Jeff E-mail Jeff Forestry & Environmental ResourcesIrene Palmer, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionIrene PalmerResearch Specialist Call Irene E-mail Irene Horticultural ScienceDilip Panthee, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Dilip PantheeAssociate Professor Call Dr. Dilip E-mail Dr. Dilip Horticultural ScienceDanielle ParkerTeaching Technician Call Danielle E-mail Danielle Mountain Hort Crops Research & Extension CenterAnn PiotrowskiResearch Specialist Call Ann E-mail Ann Horticultural ScienceLuping QuResearch Specialist Call Luping E-mail Luping Horticultural ScienceTom Ranney, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionTom RanneyProfessor Call Tom E-mail Tom Horticultural ScienceStephen Schoof, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionStephen SchoofAgricultural Research Specialist Call Stephen E-mail Stephen Entomology & Plant PathologyFelicia Sharpe, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionFelicia SharpeBuilding Environmental Technician Call Felicia E-mail Felicia Mountain Hort Crops Research & Extension CenterReza Shekasteband, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionReza ShekastebandResearch Scholar Call Reza E-mail Reza Mountain Hort Crops Research & Extension CenterJill Sidebottom, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Jill SidebottomExtension Specialist (Mountain Conifer IPM) Call Dr. Jill E-mail Dr. Jill Forestry & Environmental ResourcesSilas Sitton Call Silas E-mail Silas Mountain Hort Crops Research & Extension CenterLeonora Stefanile, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionLeonora StefanileResearch Assistant Call Leonora E-mail Leonora Horticultural ScienceDarren Touchell, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDarren TouchellResearch Scholar Call Darren E-mail Darren Horticultural ScienceSara Villani, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Sara VillaniExtension Specialist (Apple and Ornamental Plant Pathology) Call Dr. Sara E-mail Dr. Sara Entomology & Plant PathologyAndy VonCanon, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAndy VonCanonExtension Associate - FFA Call Andy E-mail Andy Agricultural & Human SciencesJim Walgenbach, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Jim WalgenbachProfessor & Extension Entomology Specialist (Fruits / Vegetables) Call Dr. Jim E-mail Dr. Jim Entomology & Plant PathologyJianbo ZhangResearch Associate Call Jianbo E-mail Jianbo Mountain Hort Crops Research & Extension Center