Extension Educator, Agronomy
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Kristy is an Extension Educator at Penn State's University Park campus who focuses on agronomic cropping systems. She holds a bachelor's degree in Environmental Biology from SUNY-ESF and master's and Ph.D. degrees in Soil Fertility from Washington State University.
Originally from a grass-fed beef and pastured-poultry farm in upstate NY, Kristy is interested in interactions among all aspects of agricultural systems. From soil to crop to human, her research and outreach interests focus on diversifying agronomic cropping systems to maintain soil, water, and air quality while ensuring economic opportunities for farmers. She makes science-based information about alternative crops, conservation cropping strategies, soil health, and organic agronomy available through her programs.
As the NE-SARE Coordinator, Kristy works closely with state and regional agricultural professionals to help support farmers to reduce environmental, economic, and social risks associated with farming.