University of Illinois Extension

Grant McCarty
Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms
Jo Daviess/Stephenson/Winnebago Unit
Highland Community College, Bldg R
2998 W Pearl City Rd
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-235-4125
FAX: 815-232-9006

Grant McCarty received a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Maryville College in 2008 and a Master of Science in Plant Sciences from University of Tennessee in 2012. His graduate project involved research to find a sustainable alternative to Methyl Bromide in bell pepper and tomato production. He has also done research on switch grass ethanol in the UT Agricultural Economics Department.

McCarty was the Intern Coordinator and Research Assistant with UT’s Organic and Sustainable Crop Production Unit. During this time he managed the undergraduate internship program, conducted Extension outreach to beginning and seasoned growers and the general public, supported a GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) certification project on water quality, and contributed to other research projects including season extension for cool and warm season crops, heirloom/hybrid tomato variety trials, cover cropping systems, and trap cropping.

“My passion for agriculture came from a summer internship at an organic farm in Western Montana in the summer of 2006, and has grown exponentially as I have gained more experience,” stated McCarty. “I look forward to providing programming, consultation and support to producers and growers in the region.” McCarty will offer expertise on direct marketing, management, and farm and farm product certification to local growers with a special emphasis on season extension, vegetable and fruit production, direct marketing, cover cropping and organic/GAP certification.

Grant McCarty can be reached at University of Illinois Extension by calling 815-235-4125.  More information about Extension programs and resources can be found on the web at

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