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Enviroweather and NEWA in Michigan – meet your coordinator

Dr. Keith Mason is the coordinator of Enviroweather at Michigan State University. He facilitates and helps manage the various projects within the Enviroweather program. He serves as liaison between MSU researchers, MSU Extension, Enviroweather staff and its partners, supporters and users. Keith also works with agricultural and horticultural industry representatives to identify and implement Enviroweather projects that align with commodity needs. He also works to educate users about Enviroweather tools, while working to identify new users and areas for expanding resources. Keith comes to Enviroweather with almost twenty yearsof experience in Integrated Pest Management working as a research assistant in the Department of Entomology at Michigan State University. During that time Keith coordinated several multi-state, on-farm research/extension projects in grapes and blueberries.

eweather@msu.edu | 517.432.6520

NEWA in North Carolina – meet your coordinator

Doctor Mike ParkerDr. Mike Parker is an Associate Professor and the Tree Fruit Extension Specialist in the Department of Horticultural Science at North Carolina State University, Raleigh with an extension, research and teaching appointment. His extension responsibility is to support North Carolina Cooperative Extension field faculty and growers in the culture and management of tree fruit, primarily apples, peaches and pecans. This support is primarily accomplished through on-farm research and demonstrations, educational program development, publications, videos, and on-site consultation.  Dr. Parker is also the educational liaison with the commercial apple, peach and pecan grower groups.   Dr. Parker’s research focus is on the development of tree fruit practices and systems that are sustainable and profitable for North Carolina and southeastern growers.  This includes evaluation of peach rootstocks and planting systems that are tolerant to peach tree short life, evaluation of peach cultivars that will crop consistently in North Carolina, and testing and evaluation of growth regulators that have commercial potential.  Dr. Parker’s research on apples is concentrated in the area of successful replant strategies and rootstock evaluation as part of the NC-140 Regional Research Project.  Dr. Parker also has extensive experience in the postharvest handling of apples and most recently in utilizing 1-MCP (SmartFresh) in systems applicable to many growers in the southeast.

mlp@ncsu.edu | 919.515.1198

NEWA in Wisconsin – meet your coordinator

NEWA Wisconsin Coordinator

Amaya Atucha is an assistant professor and Gottschalk Chair for cranberry research in the department of Horticulture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and State Fruit Crop Specialist with UW Extension. Her research program focuses on fruit crop physiology and production of deciduous fruit crops, predominantly cranberries and cold climate grapes, and her extension program delivers up to date, research-based information to fruit growers in Wisconsin. She is the editor for the Wisconsin Fruit Newsletter, a biweekly newsletter distributed statewide in Wisconsin, and is a contributor to the Cranberry Crop Management Journal, a publication highlighting research and extension in cranberry production at UW-Madison.

atucha@wisc.edu | 608.262.6452