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Jentsch named Superintendent of Hudson Valley Laboratory

Peter Jentsch, a senior extension associate in entomology, has been named superintendent of the Hudson Valley Laboratory. Jentsch joined Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) in 1990. His focus is on the monitoring and management of newly invasive agricultural insect pests, advances of newly developed pest management tools, application timing of insecticides with unique modes of action, and reduced risk alternative technologies such as mating disruption, organic insect pest management and biological control conservation.

Jentsch’s appointment comes at a crucial moment for the Hudson Valley Laboratory. Over the last year, stakeholders in the Hudson Valley, members of the CALS leadership team, and representatives of Cornell Cooperative Extension and other key regional organizations, have been developing a new vision for  integrating public and private partnerships in this important facility. The new and expanded collaborations that are the goal will shape, and be shaped by, the shared interests and diverse perspectives of these entities. The first iteration of those partnerships will be implemented on July 1, 2014.

According to Thomas Burr, the Goichman Family Director of the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station and associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: “The Hudson Valley Region is a key agricultural and economic driver for New York state. Peter’s leadership in implementing and continuing to grow this new model of collaboration among growers, researchers and extension associates, as well as state and private interests, has the opportunity to set a standard for the approach to agricultural research and outreach not only for this region, but for the state and beyond.”

“I’m honored to take on this unique opportunity, continuing the land grant mission in partnership with Hudson Valley farmers,” Jentsch said. “This will be an exciting, yet very challenging time as we develop new sustainable models for the continued advancement of agricultural research and extension outreach.”

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