New Environmental Horticulture Advisor Maggie Reiter!
UC Cooperative Extension is excited to welcome Maggie Reiter to the UCCE team! Please take some time read a little more about Maggie.
I am Maggie Reiter, a new UC Cooperative Extension Advisor for Environmental Horticulture. I cover Fresno, Madera, Tulare, and Kings Counties. I have an undergraduate degree in Horticulture and a Master’s degree in Applied Plant Science, both from the University of Minnesota. My studies were focused on turfgrass science and my thesis evaluated low-input fine fescue species for golf course fairways. My relationships with University of Minnesota extension agents were tremendously influential and encouraged me to pursue this role in central California.
I look forward to building a research and extension program that will meet local and statewide needs. Although horticultural industries in the Valley are extremely diverse, a central issue is water. With water conservation in mind, I plan to extend established, research-based information on plant selection and best management practices. My research goals will build on the work of my predecessors and continue to explore degraded water applications, reduce nutrient and pesticide overuse, and implement multifunctional landscapes. I am also interested in enhancing urban green space, improving public health, and policy related to these fields.
These objectives are certainly not calcified, and priorities will be revised with changing demands, new challenges, and input from stakeholders. Let me know if you need anything. I can be contacted at my email firstname.lastname@example.org and office address 500 E Shaw Ave, Suite 210-B, Fresno, CA 93710.