Lenawee County Extension Office
Field Crops Extension Educator
Area of Expertise:
Wheat, Corn, Soybeans, Forages, Cover Crops, Plant Pathology, Drones and DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion)
Ricardo Costa joined MSU Extension in January of 2018 as a Field Crops Educator. Hailing from Brazil, Ricardo studied agronomy at the Federal University of Mato Grosso and earned a master’s degree in Plant Sciences at the University of Missouri. Based in Lenawee County, he works with growers and provides programming in 6 Michigan counties. He is part of the Cover Crops, Forage, Soybean, and Wheat teams. He also works closely with Michigan State University faculty on multiple research projects. As an FAA-Certified UAV pilot, Ricardo uses drone imagery to help growers make better farm management decisions. Ricardo holds 4R Nutrient Management Specialist and Certified Crop Advisor Certifications and teaches Plant Pathology at The Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT) at Michigan State University. For the past few years, Ricardo has collaborated on multiple grants focused on expanding conservation practices to improve water quality in Lake Erie by reducing nutrient runoff and sediment loss from farm fields.
Ricardo has a passion for public speaking and improving his communication skills. As a multilingual learner, Ricardo strives to understand different communication styles. He embraces new technology and presentation methods, shining on Social Medial with timely field crop tips using YouTube Videos. Ricardo is very interested in Civil Rights, serving as the vice-chair of the AABI Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.