Monday, June 16, 2014

University of Minnesota Extension Names New Dakota County Ag Educator

University of Minnesota Extension Names New Dakota County Agriculture Educator


Neith Little has been named University of Minnesota Extension educator for agriculture water quality protection in Dakota County. She started April 21, 2014 and is based in the Farmington Regional Extension Office.


"My goal as an Extension educator is to help information flow in all directions among farmers, U of M researchers, and government bodies," said Little.


Little will be working in conjunction with the Dakota County Water Resources department to offer agricultural education programs focused on protecting surface water and groundwater quality in Dakota County.


Programs will cover management of nutrients, pesticides, and irrigation. Events will include a summer field day highlighting on-farm research in Dakota County; a winter Crops Day, where producers can keep up-to-date on topics related to commodity crop production; and Private Pesticide Applicator Training, where pesticide applicators can renew their certification.


"We are pleased to have Neith as a member of our local educator team," said Timothy Arlt, program leader in Extension.


Little is a graduate of Cornell University with a master's degree in soil and crop sciences. She worked previously for the Hampshire College Farm, a 200-share community supported agriculture (CSA) farm in Amherst, Mass.


Little replaces Phyllis Bongard, who continues working in Extension at the statewide level as an educational content and communications specialist.


For more information about U of M Extension agricultural events in Dakota County, contact Neith Little at the Dakota County Extension Office in Farmington Minnesota: 651-480-7723 or

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