Crops and soils expert joins extension team

MIFFLINBURG – Chris Houser, of Woodward, has joined the Extension team as an Educator located in Mifflinburg, Union County. Houser becomes the newest member of the Field and Forage Programming Team for Penn State Extension. He will provide agronomic program leadership in District 14, Columbia, Montour, Northumber-land, Snyder and Union Counties and serve as a member of the statewide programming team.

Houser received a bachelor’s degree from Lock Haven University while working on his family 50 cow dairy farm near Woodward. He completed his master’s degree in agronomy from Penn State working on improving soil quality with spent mushroom substrate.

Houser most recently worked as manager of the Penn State Forage Variety Evaluation Program which provides forage producers with production information to select forage species and varieties.

Houser was one of the developers of the Penn State Interseeder, a unique farm implement that has proven successful in establishing cover crops, controlling weeds and side dressing fertilizers in one pass for corn production.

For more information call 570-966-8194.

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