DR. RACHEL MALINGER  Dr. Rachel Mallinger is an assistant professor in the Department of Entomology and Nematology at the University of Florida. She is a pollinator ecologist with a focus on wild bees. Her research examines crop pollination and the factors that affect on-farm bee abundance and diversity. She conducted research in fruit orchards in the Midwest and sunflower fields in the Northern Great Plains before moving to Florida, where she is beginning her research on plant-pollinator interactions in berries and cucurbits. She received her BA in biology from Kalamazoo College, a MS in Entomology and Agroecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a PhD in Entomology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In her spare time, she loves to grow vegetables and do anything that gets her outdoors.

DR. RACHEL MALINGER

Dr. Rachel Mallinger is an assistant professor in the Department of Entomology and Nematology at the University of Florida. She is a pollinator ecologist with a focus on wild bees. Her research examines crop pollination and the factors that affect on-farm bee abundance and diversity. She conducted research in fruit orchards in the Midwest and sunflower fields in the Northern Great Plains before moving to Florida, where she is beginning her research on plant-pollinator interactions in berries and cucurbits. She received her BA in biology from Kalamazoo College, a MS in Entomology and Agroecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a PhD in Entomology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In her spare time, she loves to grow vegetables and do anything that gets her outdoors.

 MARK KOPECKY  Mark Kopecky is the Soils Agronomist for Organic Valley and CROPP Cooperative.  Mark helps cooperative members and other farmers to improve their crop and soil management skills. Prior to going to work for Organic Valley in 2012, he worked as a soil scientist with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and as an extension agent for the University of Wisconsin.  He and his family operated a small pasture- based dairy farm in northern Wisconsin for over 20 years (now owned and run by his youngest son) and joined Organic Valley as farmer members in 2007. Mark and his wife, Linda Hart, operate a small farm in Fellsmere, Florida where they use organic and permaculture practices to raise pastured poultry.

MARK KOPECKY

Mark Kopecky is the Soils Agronomist for Organic Valley and CROPP Cooperative.  Mark helps cooperative members and other farmers to improve their crop and soil management skills. Prior to going to work for Organic Valley in 2012, he worked as a soil scientist with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and as an extension agent for the University of Wisconsin.  He and his family operated a small pasture- based dairy farm in northern Wisconsin for over 20 years (now owned and run by his youngest son) and joined Organic Valley as farmer members in 2007. Mark and his wife, Linda Hart, operate a small farm in Fellsmere, Florida where they use organic and permaculture practices to raise pastured poultry.

 DR. OSCAR LIBURD  Dr. Oscar Liburd is an Associate Professor in the Entomology and Nematology Department at the University of Florida. He has been a member of the Florida Entomological Society since 1991 and has served in several different roles including chairing the Public Relations Committee, serving as a Member-at-large and Student Representative for Florida A.M. University.

DR. OSCAR LIBURD

Dr. Oscar Liburd is an Associate Professor in the Entomology and Nematology Department at the University of Florida. He has been a member of the Florida Entomological Society since 1991 and has served in several different roles including chairing the Public Relations Committee, serving as a Member-at-large and Student Representative for Florida A.M. University.

  DR. AYANAVA MAJUMDAR   Dr. Ayanava Majumdar is an Extension Entomologist who leads the integrated pest management (IPM) projects for vegetable and peanut crops statewide. He is also the State Coordinator for Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE program) and Team Leader for Commercial Horticulture Extension Programs. He is the editor of the Alabama IPM Communicator newsletter that has 2,440 subscribers throughout the southeast. Dr. Majumdar has received numerous awards from the Southern Region IPM Center, the National Association of County Ag Agents, and the American Society of Horticultural Science for his impactful projects. 

DR. AYANAVA MAJUMDAR

Dr. Ayanava Majumdar is an Extension Entomologist who leads the integrated pest management (IPM) projects for vegetable and peanut crops statewide. He is also the State Coordinator for Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE program) and Team Leader for Commercial Horticulture Extension Programs. He is the editor of the Alabama IPM Communicator newsletter that has 2,440 subscribers throughout the southeast. Dr. Majumdar has received numerous awards from the Southern Region IPM Center, the National Association of County Ag Agents, and the American Society of Horticultural Science for his impactful projects. 

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XANNA PRENTICE

Xanna Prentice is a University of Florida graduate who has been working in Education and Outreach at Florida Organic Growers for three years. As the coordinator of the Local Food Security Project, she manages the SNAP/EBT booth at three Alachua County farmers markets and works to improve local food systems within the Gainesville community. Over the last year she has worked simultaneously as SNAP Technical Support for the statewide incentive program Fresh Access Bucks, providing support to markets and farmers throughout Florida as they navigate the world of SNAP-authorization, EBT machine technical issues, and outreach to SNAP customers.

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TREVOR GILBERT

Trevor was born on the Eastern Caribbean Island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.  He worked as an Agricultural Extension Officer with the Department of Agriculture and Labor in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (1989-2000), including various agricultural assignments throughout the Caribbean.  He later joined the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), AMS Specialty Crops Inspection Division (2000-2016) as a Supervisory Agricultural Commodity Grader, a GAP/GHP/IP Auditor, auditing farms and produce distribution facilities throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, and as a Marketing Specialist, Washington, DC.  Trevor recently Joined FDA, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), Produce Safety Network (PSN) as a Consumer Safety Officer (CSO) for FSMA Implementation and Compliance, and covers the following states in the Southern Region-  Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.