State Coordinators

Illinois

Bruce Branham

Bruce Branham

Professor of Crop Sciences
University of Illinois
(217) 333-7848
Bio
Bruce Branham is an Illinois SARE State Co-Coordinator and a professor of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois where he studies horticultural cropping and food systems. His research focuses on management and production issues in perennial crops ranging from turf grasses to small fruits.
Douglas Gucker

Douglas Gucker

Extension Educator
University of Illinois Extension
(217) 877-6042
Bio
Doug Gucker is an Illinois SARE State Co-Coordinator and a Local Food Systems and Small Farms Extension educator with University of Illinois Extension where his work demonstrates practices in the areas of farm management, soil health, nutrient management, integrated pest management, and grazing.

Indiana

Tamara Benjamin

Tamara Benjamin

Assistant Program Leader
Purdue Extension
(765) 496-1930
Bio
Tamara Benjamin, the Assistant Program Leader for Purdue Extension, is serving as the interim SARE State Coordinator for Indiana. Her primary duties are coordinating the Diversified Farming and Food Systems program within Agriculture and Natural Resources. This program encompasses the Small Farm Conference, Beginning Farmer Program, urban agriculture, organic agriculture, and local foods.
Lais McCartney

Lais McCartney

State Coordinator
Purdue Extension, Hancock County
(317) 919-2691
Bio
Lais McCartney is an Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator with Purdue Extension in Hancock County. She has expertise in technology leadership and beekeeping.

Iowa

Christa Hartsook

Christa Hartsook

Communications Specialists
Iowa State Univ, Extension & Outreach
(515) 294-4430
Bio
Christa Hartsook is the Iowa SARE State Coordinator and is the Small Farms Program Coordinator for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. She helps connect people to resources at the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Kansas

Kerri Ebert

Kerri Ebert

Olathe Horticulture Research and Extension Center
Kansas SARE
(785) 456-4629
Bio
Kerri Ebert is the Kansas SARE State Coordinator and coordinator for the Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops at Kansas State University. Kerri is a fourth generation Kansas farmer who, with her husband, raises purebred sheep in Pottawatomie County.

Michigan

Dean Baas

Dean Baas

Senior Research Associate
Michigan State University Extension
(269) 967-9672
Bio
Dean Baas is a Michigan SARE State Co-Coordinator and is a Senior Research Associate for Michigan State University (MSU) Extension. He also directs activities for the Midwest Cover Crops Council, including the promotion of cover crop usage in the Midwest and the development of tools to assist farmers in cover crop decision-making.
Adam Ingrao

Adam Ingrao

Agricultural Entomologist
Michigan State University Extension
(951) 237-5311
Bio
Adam Ingrao is a Michigan SARE State Co-Coordinator a Veterans’ Liaison and Agricultural Entomologist for Michigan State University Extension. An Army veteran and nationally recognized veteran’s advocate, Adam has led efforts to connect veterans with career and wellness opportunities within the agricultural sector. He is the founder and instructor of the MSUE Heroes to Hives program, and the former director of two nonprofits serving farmer veterans in Michigan, the Veterans in Agriculture Network and the Farmer Veteran Coalition of Michigan.

Minnesota

Wayne Martin

Wayne Martin

Extension Educator
NC-SARE
(612) 625-6224
Bio
Wayne Martin is a Minnesota SARE State Co-Coordinator and an Extension educator in alternative livestock systems for University of Minnesota Extension. He provides information and education on poultry, sheep, lambs, pigs, and to some extent, cattle.
Kate Seager

Kate Seager

Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture
(612) 625-8235
Bio
Kate Seager is a Minnesota SARE State Co-Coordinator and works for the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture’s Information Exchange, which works to bridge the gap between the need for timely, practical information about sustainable agriculture and existing resources and information.

Missouri

Dan Downing

Dan Downing

State Coordinator
University of Missouri Extension
(573) 882-0085
Bio
Dan Downing is a Missouri SARE Co-Coordinator and has more than 28 years of service with the University of Missouri Extension. 17 years of that time have been spent serving in a statewide position with The University of Missouri Extension Water Quality Program.
Touria Eaton

Touria Eaton

State Extension Specialist
Lincoln University
(573) 681-5174
Bio
Touria Eaton is a Missouri SARE Co-Coordinator, Assistant Professor of Horticulture, and the State Horticulture Specialist at Lincoln University in Missouri. The focus of her research and extension work is sustainable production of horticultural crops.

Nebraska

Gary Lesoing

Gary Lesoing

UNL Extension
(402) 274-4755
Bio
Gary Lesoing is the Nebraska SARE State Coordinator and an Extension Educator in southeast Nebraska with a focus on crop production and sustainable agriculture. His interests include cover crops, soil health, and local food production. can also click here for more information about SARE in Nebraska!

North Dakota

Bill Hodous

Bill Hodous

NDSU Extension Service
(701) 662-7030
Bio
Bill Hodous is a North Dakota State SARE Co-Coordinator and serves Ramsey County, North Dakota as an Extension agent in the fields of agriculture, horticulture, marketing and livestock.
Karl Hoppe

Karl Hoppe

State Co-coordinator
NDSU – CREC
(701) 652-2951
Bio
Karl Hoppe is a North Dakota State SARE Co-Coordinator, a sheep producer, and the Area Extension Specialist for Livestock Systems at the North Dakota State University Carrington Research Extension Center where he has been teaching nutrition and management for beef cows and feedlot cattle for more than 20 years to North Dakota cattle producers.
Clair Keene

Clair Keene

Extenstion Specialist
NDSU Extension Service
(701) 774-4315
Bio
Clair Keene is a North Dakota State SARE Co-Coordinator and as an Area Extension Specialist in Cropping Systems at the Williston Research Extension Center, where she works with North Dakota farmers to address weed management concerns and tackle issues of soil conservation and soil health with cash crop diversity, cover crops, and residue management.

Ohio

Cindy Folck

Cindy Folck

Ohio State Co-Coordinator
Central State University
(937) 376-6101
Bio
Cindy Folck is an Ohio State SARE Co-Coordinator and is the Central State University (CSU) Extension Program Leader for Agriculture and Natural Resources. She is involved in developing Extension programming and outreach for CSU, which became a member of the 1890 Land-Grant Universities in 2014.
Mike Hogan

Mike Hogan

State Coordinator
The Ohio State University Extension
(614) 866-6900
Bio
Mike Hogan is an Ohio State SARE Co-Coordinator and an Extension Educator at the Ohio State University. He specializes in small farm management, sustainable production systems, Christmas tree production, and business management.
Suzanne Mills-Wasniak

Suzanne Mills-Wasniak

OSU Cooperative Extension Educator
The Ohio State University Extension
(937) 224-9654 Ext: 123
Bio
Suzanne Mills-Wasniak is an Ohio State SARE Co-Coordinator and an Ohio State University Extension Educator for Agriculture and Natural Resources in Montgomery County where she works on urban agriculture, small farms, and local food systems.

South Dakota

Rhoda Burrows

Rhoda Burrows

South Dakota State University
(605) 394-2236
Bio
Rhoda Burrows is a South Dakota SARE State Co-Coordinator and professor of horticulture at South Dakota State University and an SDSU Extension Horticulture Specialist. Her areas of study and academic interests include fruit and vegetable production and soil microbiology.

Wisconsin

Diane Mayerfeld

Diane Mayerfeld

State Coordinator
University Of Wisconsin – Madison
(608) 262-8188
Bio
Diane Mayerfeld is the Wisconsin SARE State Coordinator and is a Sustainable Agriculture Outreach Specialist with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension where she facilitates professional development in sustainable agriculture, in topics ranging from local food system development to cover crops and agroforestry.