New Agronomy Educator Begins Work in Butler County

Welcome Justin Brackenrich to Butler County. Justin is serving as the new Agronomy Educator with PSU Extension helping provide coverage to Western Pennsylvania.
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Justin Brackenrich, PSU

Justin grew up in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, where he was involved in beef, sheep, and poultry production. Justin’s draw to agriculture came from his parents’ work with USDA NRCS in West Virginia and his involvement in his local FFA.

After graduating high school, he attended Potomac State College of West Virginia University where he studied Animal and Nutritional Sciences and Agribusiness Management. He received his Bachelors of Science in Agriculture at West Virginia University in Animal and Nutritional Sciences. He then continued to receive a Master’s of Science in Plant and Soil Science with a focus in phosphorous management.

Justin worked at West Virginia University for three years as a graduate student and researcher. In his prior work, Justin was a member of a teaching group instructing proper use of nutrient management planning software and related strategies to members of West Virginia State and Federal agencies.

The Penn State Extension Agronomy Team welcomes Justin’s expertise in working with the animal-crop interface. Justin is excited to be working for Extension in Butler County. He looks forward to meeting and assisting as many producers as possible.