Introducing UF/IFAS Extension Seminole County’s Newest Agent
Hi there! My name is Morgan Pinkerton. I recently started as the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Agent with UF/IFAS Extension Seminole County. I will be helping the county solve problems and provide educational programs related to understanding the food system and increasing the sustainability of agriculture and commercial horticulture in Seminole County and Florida.
Today, I wanted to introduce myself so that you can get to know me. I was born and raised in Ormond Beach, FL and I am very excited to come back to Central Florida! My family and I have always cared a lot about food. I love to cook and try all sorts of new recipes. It is no surprise that I now work on where our food comes from.
I spent the last seven years in Gainesville, FL at the University of Florida (UF) focusing on my education. I received my Master’s degree in entomology in 2019. For my Master’s, I did research on invasive stink bugs and developing an educational program for Florida’s youth on invasive species and plant biosecurity. Right now, I am finishing up my final degree and I will graduate in August from the UF Doctor of Plant Medicine (DPM) Program (http://dpm.ifas.ufl.edu/).
The Doctor of Plant Medicine Program
The DPM program approaches plant health from an interdisciplinary perspective that gave me training in entomology, nematology, plant pathology, weed science, soil science, and nutrient management. I also had hands-on internships diagnosing plant pathogen, insect, and nematode problems in the field and in clinics. This program has trained me to be a Plant Doctor. Now, I am ready to help diagnose and advise on your plant problems!
Beyond classes, I was involved in outreach and extension efforts with the UF Biosecurity Research and Extension Laboratory for the last four years. I have gotten to work on all sorts of projects like the Florida First Detector program (http://www.flfirstdetector.org/), Protect U.S.: Community Invasive Species Network (http://protectingusnow.org/), and GRACE Grows (https://www.gracemarketplace.org/grace_grows). I even had the chance to work for a few months in Ecuador with a university, the Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral, on all sorts of cool projects including teaching integrated pest management (IPM) to local industry professionals.
Thanks for reading! I am very excited to be working with everyone in Seminole County. Lastly, please feel free to reach out to me whenever you need. You can contact me by email (email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org) or call our office (407-665-5560) and ask for me.