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