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Abby Neu joined Extension on August 26 as the new Extension educator in Carver and Scott Counties. Abby comes to us from the seed production industry and prior to that was a livestock nutritionist with a firm in Dakota County. Abby will be focusing her efforts on continuing successful programming including the Carver County Dairy Day and the Scott County City to Country Tour. With a degree in animal science, Abby will be a good fit for these counties. She is a University of Minnesota graduate and long­time supporter of Extension, having served several years on the state equine advisory board and volunteering with 4­H programs. Welcome, Abby!

-Tim Arlt, program leader


Betsy Wieland will begin a new role in Extension as our Center program manager; she starts September 11. Betsy will work with program teams in allocating central resources for success, and she will oversee the logistical and managerial details of all of the Center's staff. Betsy has served as an Extension educator in Hennepin County since 2004 and as Minnesota co-coordinator for Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) since 2011. Betsy has a M.S. in agronomy and plant genetics from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. in animal science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Betsy's Extension experience will be a great asset in this role.

-Mike Schmitt

Best wishes

Mike Donnelly, Extension educator in ag production systems for Rice and Steele Counties, departed Extension on August 22 to return to pursue a graduate degree in dairy management in the Department of Animal Science. Mike was a local educator for the past two years and during this time successfully built a broad program around crop and livestock production in the two counties and beyond starting a Quad County Dairy Day which encompassed Rice, Dakota Scott, and LeSueur Counties. On behalf of all of his local colleagues, we wish Mike all the best in his scholarly pursuits.

-Tim Arlt, program leader


Jeff Gillman, Extension horticulture specialist, has started a new job at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina. As an associate professor in the Department of Horticultural Science for 15 years, Jeff's teaching and research included nursery management, plant propagation, pesticides, and plant production. He was continuously innovative in his teaching, outreach, and research, and he created a work environment that fostered growth and personal and professional development. He was a great collaborator and created and encouraged many new professional partnerships and collaborative endeavors within the University as well as throughout the industry.

-Emily Hoover, department head, Department of Horticultural Science

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