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Issue No. 21, Article 1/September 9, 2011

Introducing the Newest University of Illinois Extension Commercial Agriculture Educator

Greetings--my name is Angie Peltier, and I am the University of Illinois commercial agriculture extension educator at the Northwestern Research and Education Center (though I'm currently housed at the Warren County Extension office in Monmouth). My first day on the job was August 15.

I am a plant pathologist, and most of my research has focused on controlling soybean disease. I was born, raised, and educated in Wisconsin. I earned my bachelor's degree in biology at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in the center of the state and my doctorate in plant pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My mentor (and the mentor of Eric Adee, the former research agronomist at the Northwest Center) was Dr. Craig Grau, who retired as an extension field crops pathologist.

I want to ask for your help. I plan to collaborate with the expert agronomists, weed scientists, entomologists, soil scientists, plant pathologists, and others in Urbana-Champaign to find solutions to the problems keeping your field crops from reaching their full yield potential. However, I am new to the area and am not yet familiar with your most pressing concerns. If possible, I'd like to tailor my research program to address regional problems. Please let me know about any that you might be having with your field crops.

You can see me by stopping by the Warren County Extension Office Tuesday through Thursday, although it is best to call ahead in case I am traveling (309-734-5161). Although I work Monday through Friday, the recent changes in University of Illinois Extension have affected the Warren County office hours; the office is open to the public Tuesday through Thursday, 8:00 to 12:00 and 1:00 to 4:30. You can also reach me by email at apeltier@illinois.edu.

I'd be happy to receive any questions you might have. I may not have answers immediately, but be assured that I will work to get them as soon as possible. I'd also like to invite you to bring in plant or insect samples for diagnostics/identification. If I cannot find an answer, I will submit your sample electronically to the University of Illinois Distance Diagnostics system. This service is currently free of charge, unless the sample needs to be sent to campus to the University of Illinois Plant Clinic for diagnosis.

I look forward to meeting and working with you!--Angie Peltier

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