Extension Professional Staff
Douglas B. Gucker
Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms
3351 N. President Howard Brown Blvd.
Decatur, IL 62521
Expert in: integrated pest management (IPM), conservation cropping systems, grazing, agronomic crops, vegetables, marketing
Doug Gucker is a Local Food Systems and Small Farms Extension educator with University of Illinois Extension. He improves producer profitability and sustainability through demonstration and programming focused on using appropriate management strategies in all aspects of production. His work demonstrates pactices in the areas of farm management; soil health; nutrient management; integrated pest management and grazing.
Doug's other interests are: agricultural entrepreneurship, beekeeping, cover crops; native prairie restoration; water quality with regard to agriculture; urban farming systems and local foods. His previous work experiences include: agricultural technical service representative; small Illinois grain and livestock farmer; and natural resource conservation agronomist.
Doug has bachelor degrees in biology and agronomy; and a master's degree in agronomy. He is an Illinois Certified Crop Adviser (CCA). His professional affiliations include the American Society of Agronomy, National Association of County Agricultural Agents, the Soil and Water Conservation Society, Illinois Forage & Grassland Council and Epsilon Sigma Phi - national Extension professional development society.