Mississippi State University’s Extension Service has hired Eric Stafne as the assistant Extension professor of fruit crops. He is located at MSU’s Coastal Research and Extension Center in Poplarville.
After earning a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in forestry, Stafne received his master’s in horticulture and doctorate in plant science, both from the University of Arkansas. From 2005 until November 2011, he worked for Oklahoma State University’s Department of Horticulture as the state specialist for fruit crops. He has worked with a variety of different fruit crops, as well as pecans.
Patricia Knight, head of the Coastal Research and Extension Center, said Stafne has significant experience communicating with horticultural audiences and will work closely with fruit growers across the state.