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Longtime extension specialist joins New York State Integrated Pest Management

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  • New York State Integrated Pest Management
  • Field Crops
Fifth-generation New York farmer and longtime Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) ag specialist, Michael Hunter, has been named field crops IPM coordinator for the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program (NYSIPM), according to Program Director Alejandro Calixto.

A Jefferson County native, Hunter grew up working on his family’s dairy farm and has dedicated his career to supporting New York’s agriculture and agribusiness sectors. Prior to joining NYSIPM, Hunter spent 25 years as a field crops specialist with CCE’s North Country Regional Ag Team, where he provided research-based field crop production recommendations and resources to farmers, crop consultants and agribusinesses with the goal of improved crop production efficiency through increased yields, improved quality, decreased input costs, protected yields and new technologies.

“Mike has been a trusted collaborator, resource and friend to the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program,” Calixto said. “We are thrilled that he is now a formal part of our team and look forward to working with him to ensure that New York farmers and growers have the tools they need to develop safe and sustainable pest management plans.”

Hunter has a bachelor’s degree in animal science from the State University of New York at Cobleskill and a master’s degree in agronomy from Iowa State University. In his new role, he will inspire and work with diverse audiences to promote the adoption of field crop IPM across New York. 

Hunter’s office will be located in Redwood (Jefferson County). He can be reached at meh27 [at] cornell.edu (meh27[at]cornell[dot]edu).

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