Michigan State University Extension's vegetable production team consists of MSU faculty and MSU Extension educators who serve Michigan’s diverse commercial vegetable industry. Extension educators respond to grower questions, plan educational meetings and programs based on their knowledge of the industry and industry stakeholder input. MSU faculty research problems and develop opportunities in the Michigan vegetable industry. Major program initiatives include: setting research priorities; leveraging industry, university and government grants; pest, nutrient, and irrigation monitoring; disease and pest management recommendations; identifying pesticide registration needs; supporting new and emerging commercial vegetable producers; creating presentations and demonstrations for statewide and local lecture-style and on-farm meetings; print and digital educational materials; weekly regional crop reports during the growing season. We envision a profitable vegetable industry in Michigan that is environmentally responsible and competitive on a global scale.
Looking for someone to talk to about commercial vegetable production? Contact our Vegetable Experts below.
Looking for gardening help? Direct your attention toward the Gardening in Michigan website, and send questions to “Ask an Expert” or call our toll-free garden hotline at 888-MSUE4MI (888-678-3464).
Looking for a Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) certification? Call the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MDARD) at 1-800-292-3939 or visit the MDARD online RUP exam scheduler. Looking for RUP credits? Search MDARD's list of approved RUP seminars.
Cover Crop and Soil Health Educator
Ron Goldy, PhD
Vegetable Production Educator
269-944-1477 ext 207
Adjunct Associate Professor
Field crops educator
Mary Hausbeck, Ph.D.
University Distinguished Professor and Extension Specialist
Chris Long, M.S.
Potato Extension Specialist
Field crops educator
Vegetable Crops Educator
269-944-1477 x 207
269-944-1477 x 210
Commercial Vegetable Production
Jaime Willbur, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor - Integrated disease management in potato and sugar beet production