Ramón Arancibia is a new West Central Region Horticulture Specialist housed in Butler, Missouri.  He will be serving primarily Bates, Benton, Cass, Cedar, Camden, Cooper, Dallas, Henry, Hickory, Laclede, Johnson, Moniteau, Morgan, Pettis, Polk, St Clair and Vernon counties but with additional coverage as needed. As the regional specialist, he will provide collaborative leadership and subject-matter expertise through educational opportunities that enable businesses, farms, families and communities to strengthen the economy and enhance the quality of life in Missouri.

 Ramón has more than 30 years of experience in research and production of horticultural crops at six universities and as a grower back in Chile, where he is from. He graduated as an Agricultural Engineer with a major in fruit trees and berries at the University of Chile before coming to the U.S. as a visiting scientist to work on postharvest physiology/pathology at the University of California-Davis. He then went to Louisiana State University to obtain the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees while working as a Research Associate in vegetable crops. After graduation, he became a Research Specialist at the University of the Virgin Islands to lead their horticulture research program. He went back to the South to conduct sweet potato research and outreach at Mississippi State University before becoming a faculty member at the Dept. of Horticulture, Virginia Tech.

He is enthusiastic on his move to Missouri and the opportunities MU Extension offers. His areas of expertise include sustainable/organic production systems, plasticulture/protected production systems, irrigation management and plant diseases.

Contact information for Ramón: Bates Co. Extension, 1 N. Deleware, Courthouse  Butler, MO 64730

Phone: 660-679-4167  Email: raa522@missouri.edu