Dr. Eric Hanson Featured in Fruit Grower News
Fruit Grower News asks Dr. Hanson seven questions about his work in the fruit industry.
Eric Hanson is a professor and Extension specialist in the Department of Horticulture at Michigan State University. His primary responsibility is working with MSU Extension to provide production information to berry crop producers. He also researches a variety of production topics, including fertilization, weed management, high tunnel berry production, growth regulator use, cultivar evaluation and recently organic production challenges for blueberries and raspberries. He also teaches classes on plant mineral nutrition, tree fruit production and viticulture and berry crop production.
Q: What are the best words of advice you’ve ever received?
A: From my father (I think): Work hard and do what you say you are going to do.
Q: What are your goals for the next 12 months?
A: I am planning on retiring in about 12 months, so the goal until then is to conclude each project with an appropriate article or paper so work is not lost.
Q: What do you do to relax?
A: I exercise and hope to do more traveling and fishing soon.
Q: What would you like to be your lasting legacy?
A: I would hope to be remembered as a reliable colleague and friend who is committed to solving industry problems.
Q: What are the top things on your bucket list?
A: A no-deadline road trip around the country to see sights and visit family and friends. Dive/snorkel in the South Pacific. Catch a big halibut.
Q: What job or work would you have pursued if you had not been in the fruit industry?
A: I came close to working in the nursery and landscape business, but have always been interested in geology and archaeology; perhaps something related to those topics.
Q: What is the one truth you've learned about the fruit industry?
A: The fruit industry is remarkable in many ways, but I think fruit growers are some of the most unselfish people in any business. They gladly share their time and knowledge
to help fellow growers and Extension workers.