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Guest Speaker: Dr. Natalie Bumgarner

  • 12 Jun 2017
  • 6:45 PM
  • Ag Expo

Membership Meeting:

Small to medium scale greenhouse vegetable/flower production

Our very special guest speaker for our WCMG Monday, June 12, 2017 membership meeting is Dr. Natalie R Bumgarner. Dr Bumgarner is the UT Residential and Consumer Extension Specialist with responsibilities for educational content development and programming across Tennessee. Natalie is a West Virginia native with a background in agriculture and has been active in various facets of horticulture for over 15 years. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from West Virginia University in 2005 with a focus in ornamental greenhouse production. In 2007, she received a M.S. degree from WVU in Horticulture with research focusing on growing practices for small scale organic vegetable producers. In 2012, she completed a Ph.D. in Horticulture and Crop Science from The Ohio State University. At OSU, Natalie’s research focused on vegetable production systems, specifically growing environment impacts on yield and crop composition in leafy vegetables. Following completion of her graduate work, Natalie undertook postdoctoral work in the areas of vegetable grafting and cropping to target international nutrition needs at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, OH. Prior to joining the UT Department of Plant Sciences, Natalie was the Horticulturist and Research Director for CropKing, Inc. in Lodi, OH where her work focused on research and education in the area of small to medium scale greenhouse vegetable production.

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