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Photo of Michelle Benigno, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMichelle BenignoDirector of The Science House, Mountain Outreach Office (828) 206-3014 mtbenign@ncsu.eduMountain Hort Crops Research & Extension CenterPhoto of Tom Bilbo, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Tom BilboPostdoctoral Research Scholar (828) 687-0570 (Office) trbilbo@ncsu.eduEntomology & Plant PathologyPhoto of Margaret Bloomquist, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMargaret BloomquistResearch Associate (828) 684-3562 margaret_bloomquist@ncsu.eduHorticultural ScienceTucker BrandtResearch Technician (828) 687-0570 (Office) trbrand2@ncsu.eduMountain Hort Crops Research & Extension CenterPhoto of Jeff Chandler, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionJeff ChandlerDirector, Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center (828) 684-3562 jeff_chandler@ncsu.eduMountain Hort Crops Research & Extension CenterChris ClavetResearch Specialist (828) 687-0570 (Office) chris_clavet@ncsu.eduHorticultural ScienceDeron CrispResearch Technician (828) 687-0570 (Office) dwcrisp@ncsu.eduMountain Hort Crops Research & Extension CenterCameron CrispResearch Specialist (828) 687-0570 (Office) cwcrisp@ncsu.eduMountain Hort Crops Research & Extension CenterPhoto of Jeanine Davis, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Jeanine DavisExtension Specialist, Herbs / Organics / Specialty Crops / Vegetables / Hemp (828) 684-3562 jeanine_davis@ncsu.eduHorticultural SciencePhoto of Lori Davis, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionLori DavisNorth Central District Administrative Associate (828) 687-0570 (Office) ladavis9@ncsu.eduDistrict DirectorsDerek DennisGraduate Assistant (828) 687-0570 (Office) dwdennis@ncsu.eduMountain Hort Crops Research & Extension CenterPhoto of Jessica Edney, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionJessica EdneyAdministrative Services Manager (828) 684-3562 jessica_edney@ncsu.eduMountain Hort Crops Research & Extension CenterMichael ElliottResearch Specialist (828) 687-0570 (Office) mlellio3@ncsu.eduMountain Hort Crops Research & Extension CenterSeth EllisResearch Technician (828) 687-0570 (Office) sellis@ncsu.eduMountain Hort Crops Research & Extension CenterPhoto of Pam Foster, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionPam FosterEFNEP Extension Associate (828) 687-0570 (Office) pamela_foster@ncsu.eduAgricultural & Human SciencesPhoto of William Hamilton, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionWilliam HamiltonNC Farmlink Co-Director - Western Region (828) 273-5663 whamilt@ncsu.eduHorticultural ScienceJulia HarveyResearch Technician (828) 687-0570 (Office) jpharvey@ncsu.eduMountain Hort Crops Research & Extension CenterPhoto of Amelia Heintz-Botz, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAmelia Heintz-BotzResearch Technician asheintz@ncsu.eduMountain Hort Crops Research & Extension CenterKelley HiemstraWest District Extension Director (818) 687-0570 kahiemst@ncsu.eduDistrict DirectorsDr. Jeff HinshawExtension Aquaculture Specialist and Professor (828) 687-0570 (Office) jeff_hinshaw@ncsu.eduApplied EcologyChris HolmbergAgricultural Research Specialist (828) 687-0570 (Office) chris_holmberg@ncsu.eduEntomology & Plant PathologyPhoto of Carol Horne, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionCarol HorneWest District Administrative Associate (828) 687-0570 (Office) carol_horne@ncsu.eduDistrict DirectorsPhoto of Tom Hoyt, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionTom HoytFacilities Maintenance Mechanic (828) 684-3562 rthoyt@ncsu.eduMountain Hort Crops Research & Extension CenterPhoto of Susan Kelly, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionSusan KellyNorth Central District Extension Director (828) 687-0570 (Office) susan_kelly@ncsu.eduDistrict DirectorsPhoto of Tom Kon, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Tom KonAssistant Professor: Southeastern Apple Research Specialist (828) 687-0570 (Office) tom_kon@ncsu.eduHorticultural ScienceBryan KonslerTechnology Support Specialist (828) 684-3562 bryan_konsler@ncsu.eduMountain Hort Crops Research & Extension CenterPhoto of Rachel Kreis, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionRachel KreisResearch Assistant (828) 687-0570 (Office) rachel_kreis@ncsu.eduEntomology & Plant PathologyPhoto of Katie Learn, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionKatie LearnHorticulture Science (828) 687-0570 (Office) kmlearn@ncsu.eduMountain Hort Crops Research & Extension CenterPhoto of Anthony LeBude, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Anthony LeBudeNursery Crops Extension Specialist and Associate Professor (828) 684-3562 anthony_lebude@ncsu.eduHorticultural SciencePhoto of Nathan Lynch, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionNathan LynchResearch Specialist (828) 684-3562 nathan_lynch@ncsu.eduHorticultural SciencePhoto of Craig Mauney, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionCraig MauneyArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Vegetables and Fruits Serves 39 CountiesBased out of Henderson(828) 684-3562 craig_mauney@ncsu.eduHenderson County CenterPhoto of Inga Meadows, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionInga MeadowsExtension Associate, Vegetable and Herbaceous Ornamental Pathology (828) 435-0529 inga_meadows@ncsu.eduEntomology & Plant PathologyPhoto of Wayne Mitchem, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionWayne MitchemSouthern Region Small Fruit Consortium Coordinator and Fruit Weed Management (704) 472-4369 wayne_mitchem@ncsu.eduHorticultural ScienceAndra NusResearch Assistant (828) 687-0570 (Office) andra_nus@ncsu.eduHorticultural SciencePhoto of Emily Ogburn, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionEmily OgburnResearch Associate (828) 687-0570 (Office) emily_ogburn@ncsu.eduEntomology & Plant PathologyJeff OwenArea Extension Specialist (Christmas Trees) (828) 684-3562 jeff_owen@ncsu.eduForestry & Environmental ResourcesPhoto of Irene Palmer, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionIrene PalmerResearch Specialist (828) 243-2749 iepalmer@ncsu.eduHorticultural SciencePhoto of Dilip Panthee, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Dilip PantheeAssociate Professor (828) 654-8590 dilip_panthee@ncsu.eduHorticultural ScienceDanielle ParkerTeaching Technician (828) 687-0570 (Office) daparke5@ncsu.eduMountain Hort Crops Research & Extension CenterAnn PiotrowskiResearch Specialist (828) 687-0570 (Office) ann_piotrowski@ncsu.eduHorticultural ScienceLuping QuResearch Specialist (828) 687-0570 (Office) luping_qu@ncsu.eduHorticultural SciencePhoto of Tom Ranney, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionTom RanneyProfessor (828) 684-3562 tom_ranney@ncsu.eduHorticultural SciencePhoto of Stephen Schoof, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionStephen SchoofAgricultural Research Specialist (828) 684-3562 steve_schoof@ncsu.eduEntomology & Plant PathologySuzette SharpeResearch Assistant (828) 456-3943 srsharpe@ncsu.eduEntomology & Plant PathologyFelicia SharpeBuilding Environmental Technician (828) 687-0570 (Office) fdsharpe@ncsu.eduMountain Hort Crops Research & Extension CenterPhoto of Reza Shekasteband, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionReza ShekastebandResearch Scholar (828) 490-8431 rshekas@ncsu.eduMountain Hort Crops Research & Extension CenterPhoto of Jill Sidebottom, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Jill SidebottomExtension Specialist (Mountain Conifer IPM) (828) 684-3562 jill_sidebottom@ncsu.eduForestry & Environmental ResourcesPhoto of Leonora Stefanile, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionLeonora StefanileResearch Assistant (828) 684-3562 leonora_stefanile@ncsu.eduHorticultural ScienceDarren TouchellResearch Scholar (828) 684-3562 darren_touchell@ncsu.eduHorticultural SciencePhoto of Sara Villani, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Sara VillaniExtension Specialist (Apple and Ornamental Plant Pathology) (828) 687-0570 (Office) sara_villani@ncsu.eduEntomology & Plant PathologyPhoto of Andy VonCanon, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAndy VonCanonExtension Associate - FFA (828) 687-0570 (Office) andy_voncanon@ncsu.eduAgricultural & Human SciencesPhoto of Jim Walgenbach, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Jim WalgenbachProfessor & Extension Entomology Specialist (Fruits / Vegetables) (828) 684-3562 jim_walgenbach@ncsu.eduEntomology & Plant PathologyJianbo ZhangResearch Associate (828) 687-0570 (Office) jzhang85@ncsu.eduMountain Hort Crops Research & Extension Center