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Extension Educator, Horticulture

104 N Westgate Ave
Jacksonville, IL 62650
United States

Horticulture Educators

Ken Johnson is the Horticulture Educator serving Calhoun, Cass, Greene, Morgan and Scott Counties. 

He received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Illinois College in 2006.  He earned his doctorate in plant medicine (DPM) as well as a certificate in Plant Pest Risk Assessment and Management from the University of Florida in 2012. While at the University of Florida, he received a National Needs Fellowship and worked at IPM Florida. There he assisted in maintaining their website and in the production of extension material on integrated pest management (IPM). He also worked at the Plant Medicine Program’s Clinical Trials where he assisted in conducting experiments testing different chemicals for plant disease and insect control. 

He has also worked at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida as an entomology intern in their hydroponic greenhouses at the Land Pavilion at Epcot. While there he was responsible for rearing and maintaining insect colonies, releasing beneficial insects and predatory mites into the greenhouses and assisted with pest monitoring and greenhouse IPM programs.

Johnson is a member of the Illinois Extension Agricultural Association (IEAA), the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA), and the Entomological Society of America (ESA).

Ken Johnson's educational efforts focus on fruit and vegetable production, pest management and beneficial insects. Through his programming efforts, he aims to increase backyard food production and a greater appreciation of insects.