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Dr. Jim Ballington, Jr.

Professor and Extension SpecialistHorticultural Science
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Dr. Ryan Boyles

State ClimatologistState Climate Office
(919) 513-2816

Director, State Climate Office of North Carolina. A Public Service Center at NC State University

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Dr. Hannah Burrack

Assoc. Professor and Extension Specialist (Berry, Tobacco and Specialty Crops)Entomology and Plant Pathology

We study the biology and management of insect pests and pollinators in berry crops and tobacco.

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Dr. Gina Fernandez

Extension Specialist (Small Fruits)Horticultural Science

Dr. Fernandez primary responsibilities are to conduct relevant extension and research activities on small fruits in North Carolina. She leads the strawberry and caneberry breeding programs. She has statewide Extension responsibilities in blackberries and raspberries (aka brambles or caneberries).

Dr. Katie Jennings

Assistant ProfessorHorticultural Science
(919) 515-1224

Weed Scientist for Vegetable and Small Fruit Crops

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Wayne Mitchem

Southern Region Small Fruit Consortium Coordinator and Fruit Weed ManagementHorticultural Science
(704) 276-1584

Weed control responsibilities in orchard and vineyard crops.

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Dr. Penelope Perkins-Veazie

ProfessorHorticultural Science
(704) 250-5419

Postharvest physiologist, fresh fruits and vegetables, for shelf life, flavor, bioactive preservation

Dr. Zvezdana Pesic-VanEsbroek

Director, Micropropagation UnitEntomology and Plant Pathology

Dr. Roderick Rejesus

Extension Specialist and Associate ProfessorAgricultural & Resource Economics
(919) 513-4605

Extension and research responsibilities in the following areas: Crop Insurance, Risk Management, Production Economics, Agricultural Technology Assessment

Dr. Charles Safley

Head, Agricultural and Resource Economics Agricultural & Resource Economics
(919) 515-4538

Fruits/Ornamentals Management/Marketing/Christmas Trees/Turf/Garden Centers

Rocco Schiavone

Research SpecialistHorticultural Science