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Michelle Benigno, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMichelle BenignoDirector of The Science House, Mountain Outreach Office Call Michelle Email Michelle The Science HouseMargaret Bloomquist, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMargaret BloomquistResearch Associate Call Margaret Email Margaret Horticultural ScienceTucker BrandtResearch Technician Call Tucker Email Tucker Mountain Hort Crops Research & Extension CenterCarrie BraswellBuilding Environmental Technician Call Carrie Email Carrie Mountain Hort Crops Research & Extension CenterJason Carter, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionJason CarterAssistant Director of The Science House, Mountain Outreach Office Call Jason Email Jason The Science HouseJeff 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 ScienceLori 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 ScienceRachel Douglas, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionRachel DouglasResearch Assistant Call Rachel Email Rachel Entomology & Plant PathologyJessica 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 CenterAmelia 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 DirectorsChris 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 Jackson, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionNoah JacksonResearch Technician Call Noah Email Noah Mountain Hort Crops Research & Extension CenterTom 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 CenterKatie 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, Commercial Horticulture Serves 39 CountiesBased out of HendersonCall Craig Email Craig Henderson County CenterHamish McKirdyPostdoctoral Research Scholar Email Hamish Entomology & Plant PathologyInga 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 ScienceHudson NewResearch Technician-Nonexempt Email Hudson Mountain Hort Crops Research & Extension CenterAndra 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 ScienceAnn PiotrowskiResearch Specialist Call Ann Email Ann Horticultural ScienceLuping Qu, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionLuping QuResearch Specialist Call Luping Email Luping Horticultural ScienceTom Ranney, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionTom RanneyProfessor Call Tom Email Tom Horticultural ScienceElla Reeves, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionElla ReevesResearch Associate Email Ella Entomology & Plant PathologyStephen Schoof, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionStephen SchoofAgricultural Research Specialist Call Stephen Email Stephen Entomology & Plant PathologyReza Shekasteband, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionReza ShekastebandResearch Scholar Call Reza Email Reza Horticultural ScienceSilas Sitton, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionSilas SittonResearch Specialist Call Silas Email Silas Mountain Hort Crops Research & Extension CenterDarren Touchell, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDarren TouchellResearch Scholar Call Darren Email Darren Horticultural ScienceSara Villani, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Sara VillaniExtension Specialist (Apple, Grape 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 PathologyAaron WeberResearch Technician-Nonexempt Email Aaron Entomology & Plant PathologyJianbo ZhangResearch Associate Call Jianbo Email Jianbo Horticultural Science