M. Charles Gould
Charles Gould provides relevant expertise in the areas of renewable energy and energy conservation to Michigan farmers and agribusinesses that help them be sustainable now and into the future. He has expertise in dual-use land management and conservation practices for solar projects, bioenergy crop production, small anaerobic digesters, and on-farm energy conservation measures. He also has manure management expertise, having worked with farmers in getting the greatest value from manure in cropping systems and value-added opportunities like compost production.
Charles is the author of journal articles, bulletins, fact sheets, textbook chapters, and curriculum. He also has numerous articles published in the popular farm press. Since 1995, Charles has secured, provided leadership for, and successfully managed 22 needs-based grants totaling over $400,000 from private, university and government funding sources. In sum, he has over 30 years of experience formulating and executing strategic objectives to bring about changes in clientele behaviors and perceptions that result in increased profits, a cleaner environment, and greater societal benefits.
He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Utah State University in Agriculture Education and a Master of Agricultural Extension from The University of Georgia with a focus on water quality. He has been with Michigan State University Extension since 1995.