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News Release

Agriculture Educator Joins Local Illinois Extension Staff

Production agriculture in Northwest Illinois will now have access to a new resource from Illinois Extension.  Phillip Alberti has joined the staff of the University of Illinois Extension in Jo Daviess, Stephenson and Winnebago Counties (Unit 1) as an Extension Educator working in crop sciences.  “We are happy to have Phillip on staff and have worked hard to make this position a reality, said Margaret Larson, County Extension Director. “He will be focusing much of his work in northern Illinois but will also be involved with statewide events and programs and will work closely with College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) staff on research projects.” She further stated that Alberti will be working closely with the staff of Unit 1 to provide agriculture-related programs and events in northwest Illinois, and that he will increase opportunities for training and education for area producers.

A native of Wisconsin, Phillip is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his Master of Sciences in Agronomy from South Dakota State University, where he worked on research plots as part of his graduate assistantship. Alberti’s assistantship focused on the Impact of no-till systems with regards to best management practices for alternative oilseed crops in the region. “No-till production has had a large presence in Illinois for some time, but we are continually looking to improve our management of these systems given the additional challenges they can provide,” says Alberti. He also completed internships with Dow AgroSciences in Olivia, MN and Seminis Vegetable Seed, DeForest, WI.

“Phillip’s position is the pilot for locally-based commercial agriculture educator positions in the state,” said Suzanne Bissonnette, Assistant Dean for Agriculture and Natural Resources. She added that his position supports the educational and critical research needs of commercial agriculture production in Unit 1 and Northern Illinois, and will address issues of high local relevance to crop producers.

Alberti’s first local presentation will be the Extension’s Northwest Illinois Grazing Conference on Wednesday, March 7, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Stockton, IL, where he will present on the topic “Pasture Renovation: Soil Test Recommendations and How to Achieve Them.” Regarding the topic, Alberti said “Whether you are converting land from row crops to pasture, or vice versa, it is critical to treat each situation individually given the wide array of factors that can influence soil fertility. With that being said, there is value in defining general soil test ranges that will allow you to achieve individual production goals,” says Alberti.  To reach Phillip Alberti or to learn more about resources and educational opportunities in agriculture, Contact University of Illinois Extension at 815-235-4125.

Source: Phillip Alberti, , palberti@illinois.edu

Local Contact: Nikki Keltner, Program Coordinator (Stephenson County), nkeltner@illinois.edu