Tom Zabadal is the Coordinator of the Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center. He is a horticultural specialist in grapes and a faculty member in the Department of Horticulture at MSU.
Stan Howell is a faculty member in the MSU Department of Horticulture. He is an internationally recognized plant physiologist and viticulturist with research and teaching responsibilities at MSU.
Jeff Andresen is the State Climatologist for Michigan and a faculty member in MSU's Department of Geography. He is an agricultural meteorologist whose primary focus has been the influence of weather and climate on agriculture, especially within Michigan and the Great Lakes Region. Current and past themes include weather and risk management in agricultural production systems, winter hardiness and mortality of crops and insects, and the use of weather data for determination of plant disease risk.
MSU Extension agents
Mark Longstroth is the Extension District Horticulture and Marketing Agent for Southwest Michigan. He provides extension programming to commercial fruit growers in Southwest Michigan where grapes are one of the major fruit crops. Mark's programming focus in grapes is ICM (Integrated Crop Management), helping growers integrate their cultural practices such as pruning, fertilization, insect and disease control into an economically viable and sustainable system of grape production. Mark maintains his grower contacts with meetings, farm visits, web postings, email updates and newsletters. He has a series of grape-related web pages at: http://web1.msue.msu.edu/vanburen/grapeweb.htm
Duke Elsner is an Extension Horticulture Agent for Grand Traverse County and works with wine grape growers in Northwest Michigan
MSU IPM Program communications staff
Joy Landis is assistant coordinator and communications manager of the MSU IPM Program. Having worked recently with faculty and agents on several publications for fruit growers, Joy initiated the effort to bring the content together in this web site. She is the web's designer and oversees its maintenance.
Andrea Buchholz is a communications specialist in the MSU IPM Program. In addition to being the Assistant Editor for the CAT Alert newsletters, she has assisted in developing pages for this web site.