People

The Organic Program within the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources is coordinated across many departments and engages a diverse group of faculty, staff, and students.

The list below highlights faculty who are most involved in organic research.

Department of Agricultural Education, Communication and Marketing

Amy Smith

(Organic Program Advisory Committee)
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Teacher preparation courses and assists with teacher candidate supervision
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Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics

Kathryn Draeger

Adjunct Assistant Professor Statewide Director, Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships
Research Interests: Regional Sustainable Development
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Helene Murray

(Organic Program Advisory Committee)
MISA Executive Director and Adjunct Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Sustainable and Organic Agriculture;  Multifunctional Agriculture; Local Food Systems
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Frank Forcella

Adjunct Professor (Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics/USDA-ARS)
Research Interests: Integrated ecology and management of weeds [located at the USDA-ARS North Central Soil Cons. Res. Lab. at Morris]
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Craig Sheaffer

Professor
Research Interests: Alfalfa and forage management; sustainable cropping systems; director of sustainable agriculture graduate program
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Russ Gesch

Adjunct Assistant Professor/Research Plant Physiologist (Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics/USDA-ARS)
Research Interests: Leads research on developing management strategies for production of new, alternative, and traditional crops and identifying/characterizing physiological processes and management protocols for crops to cope with environmental stresses
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Scott Wells

Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Forage and Cropping Systems
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Nicholas Jordan

(Organic Program Advisory Committee)
Professor
Research Interests: Agroecology, weed ecology and management, diversification
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Don Wyse

(Organic Program Advisory Committee)
Professor and Co-Director of The Center for Integrated Natural Resources & Agricultural Management (CINRAM)
Research Interests: Biology, ecology and management of invasive weeds, diversification of cropping systems, renewable energy systems, and selection and breeding of winter annual and perennial crops.
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Department of Animal Science

Brad Heins

Assistant Professor-Organic Dairy Production
Research Interests: Organic dairy production, crossbreeding in dairy cattle
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Anup Kollanoor-Johny

(Organic Program Advisory Committee)
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Environmentally-friendly and sustainable poultry production
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Department of Applied Economics

Rob King

(Former Organic Program Coordinator)
Professor
Research Interests: Food Security, Production Economics, Sustainable Agriculture
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Hikaru Hanawa Peterson

(Organic Program Advisory Committee)
Professor
Research Interests: Consumer Economics, Food Marketing, Sustainable Food Systems
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Center for Farm Financial Management/Applied Economics

Dale Nordquist

Associate Director and Extension Economist
Research Interests: Farm business analysis, financial planning, credit analysis and software development.
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Department of Entomology

George Heimpel

(Organic Program Advisory Committee)
Distinguished McKnight University Professor
Research Interests: Investigations range from genetics to community ecology with an emphasis on behavioral, population and evolutionary ecology of parasitoids within the context of biological control.
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Department of Food Science and Nutrition

Joellen Feirtag

Associate Professor/Food Safety Specialist (Department of Food Science and Nutrition/Extension Food Safety)
Research Interests: Food processing, food microbiology, hazard analysis, HAACP
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Department of Horticultural Science

Julie Grossman

(Organic Program Coordinator)
Associate Professor
Research Interests: Organic Agriculture; Soil Nutrient Cycling; Legume Cover Crops; Rhizobia Ecology; Biological Nitrogen Fixation
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Tom Michaels

Professor, Faculty Coordinator for the undergraduate Food Systems Major
Research Interests: Plant breeding and genetics
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Emily Hoover

Professor and Department Head, Morse Distinguished Teaching Professor of Horticulture
Research Interests: Apple Rootstocks; Organic Strawberries; Fruit Production
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Mary Rogers

(Organic Program Advisory Committee)
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Organic Horticultural Food Systems; Insect Pest Management; Vegetable Crop Management Systems; Controlled Environment Agriculture; Urban Agriculture
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Jim Luby

Professor
Research Interests: Fruit Breeding; Viticulture; Marker-Assisted Breeding
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Department of Plant Pathology

Michelle Grabowski

(Organic Program Advisory Committee)
Associate Extension Professor
Research Interests: identification and management of current and emerging plant disease problems
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Linda Kinkel

Professor
Research Interests: Epidemiology and Ecology of Plant Diseases
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Department of Soil, Water and Climate

Jay Bell

(Organic Program Advisory Committee)
Research Interests: Pedology with emphasis on landscape-scale process of soil genesis and the application of digital technologies (geographic information systems) for mapping, describing and reporting soil variability for land management. Hydrology, biochemistry, and morphology of wetland soils Innovative approaches to soil science education.
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Paulo Pagliari

Assistant Professor (Department of Soil, Water, and Climate/SWROC)
Research Interests: Crops; Nutrient Management
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Nic Jelinski

(Organic Program Advisory Committee)
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Pedology, variation of soil properties at multiple spatial scales, and the use of isotopic tracers in studies of soil genesis. Innovative approaches to teaching soil science in classroom and field environments.
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Carl Rosen

Professor and Department Head
Research Interests: Contaminant Hydrology and Water Quality; Crops; Environmental Chemisty; Nutrient Management
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Organic Program Staff

  

Julie Grossman

Organic Program Coordinator

Associate Professor, Department of Horticulture

Julie's bio

Anne Pfeiffer

Organic Program Associate

Contact Anne at apfeiffe@umn.edu

Helene Murray

MISA Executive Director

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics

Helene's bio

Courtney Tchida

MISA Student Prgrams Coordinator and Student Farm Manager

Contact Courtney at tchi0003@umn.edu