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Bill Jester
W. R. Jester, III
Specialty Crops Program Coordinator
Bill is an extension associate in the Department of Horticultural Science at NC State University. He is located at the Cunningham Research Station in Kinston. Bill was a key player in starting the Specialty Crops Program. He started his tenure as lead coordinator in 2008. His duties include conducting educational programs and applied research on vegetable crops, strawberries, preaches, and grapes, helping tobacco farmer diversity into vegetable crops. He leads a major lettuce research program across the state.
Jeanine Davis
Jeanine Davis, Ph.D.
Coordinator of Western Activities
Jeanine is an associate professor and extension specialist in the Department of Horticultural Science at NC State University. She is located at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center near Asheville. She served as the coordinator of the NC Specialty Crops Program from 1999 through 2007. She now oversees the western activities of the program. Jeanine's efforts are focused on organic agriculture, medicinal herbs, mushrooms, high-value specialty crops, and natural biotechnology.
Nick
Nick Augostini
Marketing Specialist
Nick is a a marketing specialist in the Division of Marketeting, North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. He is located at the Cunningham Research Station in Kinston. He has worked in the produce industry for over 30 years. Prior to working for the department of agriculture, he was a marketing specialist for the North Carolina Department of Corrections. Before that, he owned and operated a wholesale produce business in upstate New Yori. Duties include promoting products and developing and expanding markets for the Specialty Crops Program.
Brad Taylor
Brad Taylor
Research Specialist
Brad is a research specialist in the Department of Horticultural Science at North Carolina State University. He is located at the Cunningham Research Station in Kinston. He provides technical support for Bill Jester's program. Duties include gathering data, setting up and overseeing field experiments, educating farmers, and assisting extension agents.
Amy Hamilton
Amy Hamilton
Research Assistant
Amy is a research assistant in the Department of Horticultural Science at North Carolina State University. She is located at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River.
Vicki Heatherly
Vicki Heatherly
Research Technician
Vicky is a research technician in the Department of Horticultural Science located at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River.
Tammy Baysden
Tammy Baysden
Specialty Crops Program Assistant
Tammy is the Specialty Crops program assistant, located at the Cunningham Research Station in Kinston.
 
Updated October 7, 2008