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Stumped on what to do regarding a problem or course of action with your home garden, property, or commercial agriculture operations?  Find an educator with expertise you can use on this ANR Expert map or using the list below. Agriculture and natural resource educators and specialists respond to over 13,000 inquiries a year.  Our educators and specialists can provide recommendations and information or refer you to appropriate resources targeted to your needs.

Commercial Agriculture team

Phillip Alberti, Commercial Agriculture State Educator based in Freeport
Hemp production; soil fertility; row crop production

Talon Becker, Commercial Agriculture State Educator based in Benton
Row crop agronomy; cover crops; plant physiology, breeding, and genetics

N. Dennis Bowman, Interim Assistant Dean and program leader, Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Commercial Agriculture State educator based in Urbana
Precision agriculture; row crops; integrated pest management (IPM); UAV/drones

Chelsea Harbach, Commercial Agriculture State educator based at the Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center in Monmouth
Plant pathology; plant-parasitic nematodes; integrated pest management 

Russel Higgins, Commercial Agriculture State Educator based in Morris
Agriculture crop production; integrated pest management (IPM); weed management; insect pests; crop diseases

Nathan Johanning, Commercial Agriculture Educator based in Waterloo
Commercial fruit & vegetable production; cover crops & no-till production; weed management; soil management & fertility; commercial pumpkin production; grain crop production

Travis Meteer, Commercial Agriculture State Educator based at the Orr Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center in Baylis
Beef cattle nutrition and feedstuffs; beef cattle herd management; beef cattle genetics and breeding; cover crops for livestock feed

Nick Seiter, Research Assistant Professor
Field crop entomology and pest management; Insect identification; Integrated pest management (IPM)

Teresa Steckler, Commercial Agriculture State Educator based at Dixon Springs Agricultural Center in Simpson
Ruminant livestock management; bovine infertility; small ruminant production

Elizabeth Wahle, Commercial Agriculture State Educator based in Collinsville
Commercial vegetable production; commercial fruit production 

Jennifer Woodyard, Watershed Outreach Associate based in Effingham
Nutrient loss reduction; soil health; cover crops; watershed planning

Local Foods and Small Farms Team

Bronwyn Aly, Local Foods and Small Farms educator based in Carmi
Vegetable production; small fruit production; high tunnel production; integrated pest management 

Katie Bell, Local Foods and Small Farm educator based in Murphysboro

Sarah Farley, Local Foods and Small Farms educator based in Grayslake
Livestock (sheep, goat, swine, cattle) production and management, farm financial management, youth development, cooperative entrepreneurship, program evaluation, facilitation.

Laurie George, Local Foods and Small Farms educator based in Mt. Vernon
Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA); greenhouse production; hydroponics; farmers markets; Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Zachary Grant, Local Foods and Small Farms educator based in Matteson
Urban farming and gardening; urban and rural soil management; intensive vegetable production systems; organic vegetable production systems; high tunnel production; general protected culture; food safety (produce); Integrated Pest Management (IPM); irrigation

Douglas B. Gucker, Local Foods and Small Farms educator based in Decatur
Cover crops; native prairie plantings; pasture establishment; pasture management; beekeeping; soil health

Erin Harper, Local Foods and Small Farms educator based in Champaign
Vegetable gardening; integrated pest management (IPM); nontraditional farmer training; mitigating wildlife conflict; controlled environment; FarmBot

Grace Margherio, Local Foods and Small Farms educator based at the Jackie Joyner Kersee Foundation in East St. Louis
School and community garden management; youth programming; vegetable gardening

Grant McCarty, Local Foods and Small Farms educator based in Freeport
General fruit and vegetable production; soils management; fruit tree pruning; organic production; integrated pest management (IPM)

Katie Parker, Local Foods and Small Farm educator based in Quincy
Row crop production, vegetable production, soil fertility, and ornamental horticulture

Kathryn Pereira, Local Foods and Small Farms educator based in Chicago
Economics; knowledge translation; marketing; organic agriculture; program evaluation; systems thinking

James Theuri, Local Foods and Small Farms educator based in Kankakee
Fruit & vegetable gardening; produce safety (specialty crops); small animals (sheep, goats and poultry); integrated pest management (IPM); beekeeping

Horticulture Team

Kelly Allsup, Horticulture educator based in Bloomington
Integrated Pest Management (IPM); insect identification;beneficial insects; urban tree care; vegetable gardening; pollinator

Gemini Bhalsod, Horticulture educator based in Arlington Heights
Ornamental Horticulture; Vegetable Gardening; Soil Issues; Invasive Plant Species; Illinois Native Plants; integrated pest management (IPM)

Bruce Black, Horticulture educator based in Sterling
Vegetable gardening; small fruit; tree fruits; propagation/micropropagation; community gardens; youth and school horticulture/gardens

Christopher Enroth, Horticulture educator based in Macomb
Green infrastructure; ornamental horticulture; lawns; trees; season extension; vegetable gardening

Mary Fischer, Horticulture educator based in Effingham
Landscape design; ornamental horticulture;backyard and community food production; youth education; drone use.

Jennifer Fishburn, Horticulture educator based in Springfield
Vegetable gardening; herb gardening; landscape design; native plants; woody ornamentals

Nicole Flowers-Kimmerle, horticulture educator based in Lewiston

Brittnay Haag, Horticulture educator based in Bloomington
Youth gardening; herbaceous ornamentals; ornamental horticulture

Richard Hentschel, Horticulture educator based in St. Charles
Ornamental Horticulture; turfgrass; insect identification outdoor/indoor; vegetable gardening 

Andrew Holsinger, Horticulture educator based in Hillsboro
Tree fruit culture; plant identification; pruning techniques; ornamental horticulture; vegetable gardening; woody ornamentals

Ken Johnson, Horticulture educator based in Jacksonville
Entomology/insects; integrated pest management (IPM); Plant disease; fruit and vegetable gardening/production; pollinators; beneficial insects (predators, parasitoids, etc.)

Nancy Kreith, Horticulture educator based in Matteson
Landscape design; native plants; woody and herbaceous plants; vegetable gardening; soils and composting; insects

Austin Little, Horticulture educator based in Murphysboro
Green infrastructure; sustainable landscape practices; landscape design; urban agriculture; home gardening/community gardens; native plant landscaping

Ryan Pankau, Horticulture educator based in Champaign
Arboriculture and forestry; ornamental horticulture; vegetable gardening; wildlife habitat restoration; native plants; integrated pest management

Martha A. Smith, Horticulture educator based in Milan
Ornamental horticulture; herbaceous ornamentals (perennials, annuals, biennials); ornamental grasses; woody ornamentals (trees, shrubs, vines)

Sarah Vogel, Horticulture educator based in Decatur
Annuals and perennials; greenhouse production; landscaping; urban forest management

Ron Wolford, Horticulture educator based in Chicago

Energy and Environmental Stewardship Team

Ashley Belle, Energy and Environmental Stewardship educator based in Taylorville
Smart grid/smart meter technology; residential energy efficiency; waste management/recycling; anaerobic digestion

Peggy Doty, Energy and Environmental Stewardship educator based in Sycamore
Wildlife management; wildlife/human interactions; environmental education (youth & adult); large pond ecology; prairie restoration 

Chris Evans, Forestry Extension and Research Specialist based at Dixon Springs Agricultural Center in Simpson
Forestry; forest health/pests; invasive species; herbicides; plant identification; and wildlife

Duane Friend, Energy and Environmental Stewardship educator based in Jacksonville
Climate and weather; soil health; composting; farm pond management; septic system management

Abigail Garofalo, Energy and Environmental Stewardship educator based in Westchester
Environmental education; conservation landscape practices

Erin Garrett, Energy and Environmental Stewardship educator based in Anna
Native plants; grass identification (non-lawn grasses); pollinators; invasive species; smart grid/smart meter technology; energy efficiency

Jay Hayek, Extension Forestry Specialist based in Urbana
Forestry; forest management; timber harvesting / forest products; chainsaw safety; reforestation techniques; prescribed fire; and tree identification

Stanley (Jay) Solomon, Energy and Environmental Stewardship educator based in Freeport
Renewable energy; livestock management including mortality management, nutrient management, grazing, and facilities; home energy efficiency, water quality.