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Commercial Horticulture Team member Chip East talking with growers

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System commercial horticulture team provides research-based information to nurseries, landscape companies, sod producers, and fruit and vegetable growers with conventional or organic production systems. This is done through items such as

  • regional meetings
  • advanced workshops
  • grower conferences and exhibitions
  • field demonstrations
  • monthly webinars
  • social media

A number of traditional handbooks and digital media are also available for producers and landscape personnel. The commercial horticulture team offers the Farming Basics certification program for small retailers and plant, soil, and pest diagnostic services for new or beginning farmers. Producers are strongly encouraged to download the Farming Basics mobile app for connecting with the team.

 

Commercial Horticulture Team

Name TitleSpeciality Area(s)
Team Coordinator
Ayanava MajumdarExtension Professor of Entomology and Plant PathologyVegetable Entomology
Specialists
Elina D. ConevaProfessor and Extension SpecialistFruit Production
Kassie ConnerExtension Specialist IIPlant Diagnostics
David Y. HanExtension Specialist Associate Professor of Crop, Soil, and Environmental SciencesTurfgrass
Xing Ping HuExtension Specialist Professor of Entomology and Plant PathologyUrban Entomology
James C. JacobiExtension SpecialistPlant Diagnostics (Birmingham)
Joe KembleExtension Specialist Professor of HorticultureVegetable Production
Steve LiExtension Specialist and Assistant Professor of Crop, Soil, and Environmental SciencesWeed Control
Jeremy PickensAssistant Extension Professor of HorticultureCommercial Greenhouse and Nursery
Rishi PrasadExtension Specialist and Assistant Professor of Crop, Soil, and Environmental SciencesSoil Nutrient Management
Camila RodriguesExtension Specialist and Assistant Professor of HorticultureCommercial Horticulture
Edward J. SikoraExtension Specialist Professor of Entomology and Plant PathologyPlant Pathologist
Sonja B. ThomasExtension Specialist IIPesticide Safety Education
Edgar VinsonAssistant Extension Professor of HorticultureFruit Production
Katelyn KesheimerAssistant Professor and Extension Specialist of Entomology and Plant PathologyTurfgrass Entomology
Audrey GambleAssistant Professor and Extension Specialist of Crop, Soil, and Environmental SciencesSoil Health
Adam RabinowitzAssistant Professor and Extension Specialist of Agricultural Economics and Rural SociologyExtension Economist and Production Economics and Policy
Amanda Strayer-SchererAssistant Professor and Extension Plant Patholog of Entomology and Plant PathologyPlant Pathologist
Wendiam SawadgoAssistant Professor and Extension Economist of Agricultural Economics and Rural SociologyExtension Economist and Marketing
Regional Extension Agents
Lloyd D. ChapmanNorth West Set (1) (Counties: Colbert, Fayette, Franklin, Lamar, Lauderdale, Limestone, Lawrence, Marion, Morgan, Walker, and Winston)
Eric SchaveyNortheast Set (2) (Counties: Blount, Cherokee, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Jackson, Maddison, and Marshall)
Olivia FullerWest Central Set (3) (Counties: Choctaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Marengo, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, and Wilcox)
Kristin WoodsStatewideFood Safety and Quality
Rudy YatesWest Central Set (3) (Counties: Choctaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Marengo, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, and Wilcox)
Jessie BoswellCentral Set (4) (Counties: Autauga, Bibb, Chilton, Elmore, Jefferson, Lowndes, Montgomery, Shelby, and St. Clair)
David LawrenceCentral Set (4) (Counties: Autauga, Bibb, Chilton, Elmore, Jefferson, Lowndes, Montgomery, Shelby, and St. Clair)
Bethany A. O'RearCentral Set (4) (Counties: Autauga, Bibb, Chilton, Elmore, Jefferson, Lowndes, Montgomery, Shelby, and St. Clair)
William "Chip" T. EastEast Central Set (5) (Counties: Calhoun, Chambers, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Lee, Macon, Randolph, Russell, Talladega, and Tallapoosa)
Jacob KelleySouthwest Set (6) (Counties: Baldwin, Butler, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe and Washington)
Neil G. KellySoutheast Set (7) (Counties: Barbour, Bullock, Coffee, Crenshaw, Covington, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston, and Pike)

 

Other Resources

Commercial Horticulture Programs & People

Alabama Beginning Farmer playlist on the Alabama Extension YouTube channel.

Commercial Horticulture: Making a Difference in the Food System (2019–2020 Impacts)

Practical Evaluation Tool and Logic Model Framework for Extension Educators and Grant Writers

 

Alabama Extension commercial horticulture programming is supported by grants from USDA-NIFA BFRD, SARE Research and Education/PDP, CPPM/EIP, OREI, and ADAI Specialty Crops Block Grants.

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