Bryan R. Butler Sr. is a principle agent in Agriculture and Food Systems for the University of Maryland Extension, stationed in the Carroll County Office. He has been with the extension for 28 years. His family operated a small orchard in Washington County, Maryland, for 30 years. A 1984 graduate of the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Life Science in general agriculture, he also holds a master’s of science in environmental biology from Hood College. Butler provides research-based information to commercial producers and is involved in a number of research projects, including those focusing on the brown marmorated stink bug in tree and small fruit, spotted winged drosophila in small fruit, pumpkin variety trials, small fruit and vegetable production, the use of high tunnels, as well as mobile tunnels. During the last seven years, he has coordinated apple rootstock trials and demonstrations of various rootstocks at two spacings trained to tall spindle on a four-wire trellis system. He has been involved with providing research-based information on hops and malting barley to the Maryland Craft Beer Industry for the last two years, with trials located at the Western Maryland Research and Education Center in Keedysville, Maryland.Bryan will be speaking at the Maryland Fairs
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