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New Extension Sugarbeet Agronomist supports growers in Minnesota and North Dakota

Dr. Thomas (Tom) Peters recently accepted a position as Extension Sugarbeet Agronomist, North Dakota State University and the University of Minnesota.

Peters_Thomas.jpgThe position supports sugarbeet growers in the states of North Dakota and Minnesota. In his role, Tom will be collaborating with faculty and staff, the sugarbeet cooperatives and allied industry on a systems approach for controlling weeds in sugarbeet.

Tom retired in February from Monsanto after nearly 24 years with the company. Most of Tom's career at Monsanto was in the biotech organization where he specialized in corn traits development. Tom returns to NDSU where he obtained his doctorate in agronomy, specializing in weed science under the supervision of Dr. Alan Dexter, longtime NDSU/UM sugarbeet weed specialist. Tom grew up on a dairy farm near Sauk Centre in West-Central Minnesota and received his BS degree from the University of Minnesota in 1983 and his MS degree from Nebraska in 1986.

Tom and his wife, Connie, have relocated to Fargo from St. Louis. Tom has several hobbies including following college football (long-time University of Minnesota season ticket holder) and hosta gardening. Tom and Connie had over 250 cultivars of hosta in their St. Louis garden including cultivars derived from their breeding program.

Tom's office is in Loftsgard Hall in the Department of Plant Sciences at NDSU. You can contact Tom at 701-231-8131 (office), 218-790-8131 (mobile), or (electronic mail).

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