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Tamara Benjamin, Purdue Extension

Tamara Benjamin works with small scale and beginning farmers helping them find ways to produce more sustainably through on farm planning tools.

615 W State Street West Lafayette, IN 47907

DFFS Team: Assistant Program Leader, Agriculture and Natural Resources

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Ashley Adair is the Ag and Natural Resources Educator in Montgomery County. Her areas of interest include cover crops, small farms, local food, UAVs, and native plants. Recently she has been working on farm to school and school garden projects in the Crawfordsville area.

400 Parke Avenue, Crawfordsville, IN 47933

DFFS Team: Extension Educator

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Brooke Alford co-teaches the Urban Agriculture Certificate Program, Rainscaping and the Beginner’s Guide to Grant Writing.

1202 E 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205

DFFS Team: Extension Educator

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Phillip Cox is the Agriculture & Natural Resources Educator in Vermillion County. He is on the Indiana Small Farm Conference team and has served on the Trade Show subcommittee for the past several years. He also coordinates programming that includes such topics as pesticide safety, native plants, invasive species, gardening, natural resources, farming, wildlife management, and forestry.

703 W. Park St., Suite 1, Cayuga, IN 47928

DFFS Team: Extension Educator

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Sara Dzimianski is the Purdue Extension Educator for Agriculture and Natural Resources based in Perry County, and serves statewide as a sheep and goat specialist. Her primary areas of interest are dairy goat management, and parasite management in sheep and goat production. She also coordinates programming that includes such topics as pesticide safety, beekeeping, beef production, invasive species management, and gardening.

65 Park Avenue, Tell City, IN 47586

DFFS Team: Extension Educator

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Miranda Edge, is an ANR Extension Educator and will have worked in Harrison County for 9 years this October (2019). I work with farmers markets and am considered an expert in market management and food safety.

247 Atwood St. Corydon, IN 47112

DFFS Team: Extension Educator

Steve

114 West Michigan Street, LaGrange, IN 46761

DFFS Team: Extension Educator

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Wenjing Guan, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

Wenjing Guan is a horticultural specialist. Her research and extension programs focus on developing and delivering sustainable production practice for vegetable, melon, and strawberry production. She is an expert in vegetable grafting.

4369 North Purdue Road. Vincennes, IN

DFFS Team: Clinical Engagement Assistant Professor

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484 N. Morton St. Franklin, IN 46131

DFFS Team: Extension Educator

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John Hawley is based in Dearborn County and serves statewide as a Farm to School specialist. He also coordinates programming that includes such topics as agricultural communications, backyard poultry, pest control, and gardening.

229 Main Street, Aurora, IN 47001

DFFS Team: Extension Educator

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Mathias Ingle is the Ag & Natural Resources Extension Educator in Howard County (Kokomo, IN). Mathias is a newer educator to the group, starting in April of 2019. He coordinates the local programing on a local level to serve the community.

120 E. Mulberry St. Suite 105, Kokomo, IN 46901

DFFS Team: Extension Educator

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Michele Jones is based in Morgan County and is relatively new to Extension. She has a background in dairy farming and coordinates programming that includes gardening, vermicomposting, and soil health.

180 S. Main St., Suite 229, Martinsville, IN 46151

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Mark Kepler is the Extension Educator in Fulton County. He is involved in livestock production both personally and professionally. He does programming for beginning livestock farmers in the area of beef, swine, goats and general pasture management.

1009 W. Third Street, Rochester, IN 46975

DFFS Team: Extension Educator

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Petrus Langenhoven, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

Petrus Langenhoven is Horticulture and Hydroponics Crops Specialist at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. His strong background in horticulture production research and Extension allows him to leverage research and Extension programming around new technologies and expertise in high tunnel and greenhouse management, and open field vegetable production. His skills propel him to engage in new crop development activities such as microgreens, personalized specialty cantaloupe, leafy amaranth, summer squash, sweet colored and chili pepper, and peppermint production.

625 Agriculture Mall Dr., West Lafayette, IN 47907

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DFFS Team: Horticulture and Hydroponic Crop Specialist

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Liz Maynard, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

Liz Maynard works with vegetable farmers on production issues in the field and high tunnel, including stand establishment, transplant production, cultural practices, irrigation, soil fertility and plant mineral nutrition, and variety selection.

1101 Glendale Blvd., Suite 101-A Valparaiso, IN 46383

DFFS Team: Clinical Engagement Assistant Professor

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Karen Mitchell, Purdue Extension - Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

Karen Mitchell is the Consumer Horticulture Extension Specialist at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. Karen’s passion for plants led her to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture and Master’s in Botany and Plant Pathology at Purdue University. She served as the Ag and Natural Resources Educator in Tippecanoe County for six years before transitioning onto campus where she is able to continue her statewide extension programming for community gardens and home horticulture.

625 Agriculture Mall Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907

DFFS Team: Extension Specialist

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Amanda Mosiman, Amanda’s DFFS expertise is aiding farm market masters and direct marketing vendors to understand proper food safety protocols and state / county regulations. She also enjoys aiding small livestock producers.

107 W. Locust Street, Suite 111, Boonville, IN 47601

DFFS Team: Extension Educator

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Jeffery Pell is serving on the Exhibitors committee and the Content committee. He is working on planning an animal marketing tour for the first day of the conference and assisting in recruiting presenters for the youth track. In addition, He is working on the logistics of the Exhibitors part of the conference and serve as the liaison for non-stationed items for the booth.

1900 E. Main St., Danville, IN 46122

DFFS Team: Extension Educator

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Bob Rode, Forestry and Natural Resources

5675 W. 600 N. W. Lafayette, IN 47906

DFFS Team: Aquaculture Research Lab Manager

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Nathan Shoaf, Urban Agriculture State Coordinator

Nathan Shoaf, has worked on soil, groundwater and vapor intrusion contamination issues for remediation sites as a field technician, consultant and regulatory agency project manager. In addition, he has worked with community gardens and urban agricultural projects on improving soil health and safety using organic amendments such as composts, biosolids and biochar.

615 W. State Street, #228, West Lafayette, IN 47907

DFFS Team: Urban Agriculture

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Terri Theisen, is an Urban Agriculture Educator for Purdue Extension – Allen County. Terri has experience with a variety of small-scale, diversified farming operations in urban and rural environments and has a passion for local foods.

4001 Crescent Ave, Fort Wayne, IN 46835

DFFS Team: Urban Agriculture

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Laurynn Thieme serves as the Agricultural & Natural Resource Educator in Delaware County, providing programming, expertise, and researched based knowledge to the local community and community agencies focusing on the areas of natural resource conservation, urban agriculture, horticulture, and environmental stewardship.

Delaware County Extension Office 100 W. Main Street, Muncie, IN

DFFS Team: Extension Educator

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3400 South Walnut Street, Bloomington, IN 47401

DFFS Team: Extension Educator

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Beth Vansickle is based in Madison County. She coordinates programming that includes such topics on gardening, beginning livestock and production livestock.

3424 Mounds Road, Anderson, IN 46017

DFFS Team: Extension Educator

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Andrew Westfall is the Agriculture & Natural Resources Educator in White County. He helps large and mid-sized farmers who are interested in diversifying their operation, as well as beginning farmers who are getting started with small scale production.

12 N 25 E, Reynolds, IN 47980

DFFS Team: Extension Educator

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James Wolff is the Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator in Allen County. He works with a variety of agricultural issues and focuses on beginning farmers, farmers markets, urban agriculture, site assessment, and hops production.

4001 Crescent Ave. Fort Wayne, IN 46835

DFFS Team: Extension Educator

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1200 S Main St., Tipton, IN 46072

DFFS Team: Extension Educator

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Azad Chahal holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Penn State University. He works with small and mid-size farmers helping them find ways to diversifying their operations through farm planning tools

2857 W. State Road 2, Suite A, LaPorte, IN 46350

DFFS Team: Extension Educator

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Rebecca 'Becca' Koetz, Purdue Extension - Lake County

Rebbeca Koetz earned a BS in Wildlife and MS in Extension Education at Purdue University. She has been instrumental as the Project Coordinator for the The Nature of Teaching program offered through Forestry & Natural Resources.

2293 N. Main Street, Crown Point, IN 46307

DFFS Team: Extension Educator

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Brooke Stafford, Graduate Assistant, Tippecanoe County

3150 Sagamore Pkway S, Lafayette, IN 47909

DFFS Team: Graduate Assistant

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Rachel Rawls, County Extension Director - St. Joseph County

125 S. Lafayette Blvd. 2nd Floor, South Bend, IN 46601

DFFS Team: County Extension Director

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Katje Armentrout, Purdue Extension - Tippecanoe

Katje Armentrout is the Community Development Educator and County Extension Director in Tippecanoe County. She holds a PhD in American Studies from Purdue University, with research interests focusing on agricultural history, farmers markets and food studies, rural community development, and environmental sustainability.

20 North 3rd Street, Lafayette, IN 47901

DFFS Team: County Extension Director

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Courtney Schmidt, County Extension Director - Miami County

Courtney Schmidt serves as the Agricultural & Natural Resource & Health & Human Sciences Educator in Miami County. She holds an Indiana casualty and property insurance license and has experience working with commercial and agribusiness clients in risk management.

1029 W. 200 N., Peru IN 46970

DFFS Team: County Extension Director

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Laura Ingwell, Assistant Professor Horticulture Extension Entomology

901 W State St, West Lafayette, IN 47907

DFFS Team: Asst. Professor, Purdue Entomology

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Meagan Diss received a B.S. in Animal Science and Ag Business from Illinois State University along with a M.S. in Animal Science from Murray State University. Before coming to Purdue University, she worked for the University of Kentucky and is familiar with multiple facets of the agriculture industry. Meagan is passionate about integrating more agriculture into urban environments and connecting communities back to their roots.

13301 Darmstadt Road, Evansville, IN 47725-9593

DFFS Team: Extension Educator