This month we welcome new employees, and we welcome current employees to new roles.
Please welcome Beth Berlin to Extension as the new horticulture educator for Stearns and Benton counties. Her first day in this position was September 30. The focus of this position is on community horticulture education and giving guidance to the Extension Master Gardener groups in Stearns and Benton counties. She has a master's degree in horticulture with an emphasis on landscape design and previous experience as an agriculture education instructor at the high school level and as an NRCS technician. This experience and training will be a terrific asset in her new role. Welcome, Beth!
-Nathan Johnson, program leader
In September, Phyllis Bongard transitioned from her Extension educator position to educational content development and communications specialist, a new role with the crops team. Phyllis will continue to be housed at the Dakota County Extension office and Phyllis will report to Jeff Gunsolus. Currently Phyllis is working on the soybean website and will continue to work on emergency response issues.
-Jeff Gunsolus, program leader
We extend a big welcome to Angela Orshinsky. Angela joined Extension on August 26 and carries an appointment as Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology. Angela earned a BSc with honors in microbiology and a PhD in plant pathology from the University of Guelph. She also has postdoctoral experience from positions at The Ohio State University and Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada. Angela's program focuses on development and application of integrated pest management (IPM) practices for horticultural crop production and the horticultural industries. Her research interests include biological control of plant pathogens and plant disease diagnostics. Angela's integrated Extension education activities will serve Minnesota fruit and vegetable growers, the Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation, and the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association.
-Jim Bradeen, head of Department of Plant Pathology
Effective last month, the Center for Farm Financial Management is now providing the programmatic and Extension educator supervision within the agricultural business management programming area. Bob Craven, Kevin Klair, and Dale Nordquist are the three individuals who are composing this new leadership team. All three of these folks have Extension appointments and have been conducting national farm management educational programs with the Center for Farm Financial Management for years. The Center is embedded in the Department of Applied Economics. We all welcome Bob, Dale, and Kevin to their new roles.
Congratulations to Jill Sackett, extension educator, who is transitioning to a position to support several grants that have significant Extension components. The main grant component is an e-learning grant with Jeff Gunsolus and Craig Sheaffer in agronomy. Jill will also be supporting Extension's work in cover crops across the state. Jill will be housed at the Mankato Regional Office.
-Tim Arlt, program leader