Principal Investigator

Ajay Nair
Professor, Extension Vegetable Specialist
Sustainable Vegetable Production

Graduate Students

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Graduate Student (PhD)
Sustainable Agriculture, Soil Health, Poultry
Smriti Chaudhary
Graduate Student (MS)
Sustainable Vegetable Production
Graduate Student (MS)
Sustainable Agriculture, Tarping, Soil Health
Graduate Student (MS)
Vegetable production


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Assistant Professor of Sustainable Horticulture @ Purdue University
Soil Health
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Agricultural Specialist III @ Iowa State University Horticulture Research Station
Biochar, Peppers
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PhD Student at Cornell University
Ethnobotany, Germplasm Conservation
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ESG Specialist at Sustainable Environmental Consultants
Organics, Food Systems
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Territory Sales Representative for Johnny's Selected Seeds, Owner and Operator of Sogn Valley Farm in Cannon Falls, MN (
Organic, no-till, strip-till
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Food Systems Program Coordinator for Dubuque County and Farm Owner @ White Blossom Farm, Colesburg, IA
Cover Crops, Soil Health
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Program Planner, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
Cover Crops, Muskmelon
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Assistant Professor and Extension Consumer Horticulture Specialist @ South Dakota State University
High Tunnels, Grafting
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Digital Innovation Manager for AgroStart at BASF
Horticulture, Biochar
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Application Scientist @ Roquette
Sustainable Agriculture, Lettuce
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Crop Production & Livestock Production Organic Review Team @ Washington State Department of Agriculture Organic Program
Strip tillage, row cover, cucurbits