Kevin Jarek

Kevin Jarek Photo for PublicationsKevin Jarek has served as the Outagamie County Agriculture Agent since 1999.  Kevin’s main program efforts are in the area of crops, soils and horticulture.

Kevin’s scholarly work has focused on crop production, conservation tillage and nutrient management to help improve farm profitability, while protecting natural resources, especially surface and groundwater, an important priority issue for both urban and rural residents alike in this highly populated and strong agricultural area of the state.

Kevin has an excellent relationship with the professional crop consultants in Outagamie County.  He has done research about fungicides on alfalfa, the alfalfa persistence study, and twin row corn plantings.  He has developed a number of educational resources and shared many of them through local educational workshops and seminars.  His field research and demonstration projects have helped reinforce his work with a variety of audiences and have been published and presented in many different forms.

Kevin has provided significant leadership and had developed a large Master Gardener program both in numbers of people and quality of programs.  He has given demonstrations on rain gardens, rain barrels, and other water retention/quality issues.  In addition to other programming, he has taught no till gardening at Master Gardener trainings.   The Outagamie Master Gardener Association has nearly doubled the amount of their volunteer work from 6,000 hours to more than 11,000 hours annually – third largest of all local Master Gardener Associations in Wisconsin under Kevin’s leadership.

In addition to his leadership role with the Master Gardeners, Kevin has also provided significant leadership as Executive Secretary for the 2012 WI Farm Technology Days, as well as president of the Joint Council of Extension Professionals (JCEP), the WI Association of County Agriculture Agents (WACAA) and the WI Association of Professional Agriculture Consultants (WAPAC).

To learn more about Kevin’s scholarly Extension work please click here.

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