Jim O'Connell

Jim O'Connell

Sr. Agriculture Resource Educator
845-340-3990 ext. 390
Agriculture , Climate Change

Jim has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Horticulture from the University of New Hampshire. While attending school at UNH, Jim had the opportunity to work at the University research farms, gaining valuable hands on experience in the field of agriculture.

After graduating from UNH, Jim moved to Southeastern Massachusetts to work in the cranberry industry. Much of his time was spent learning best management practices for weed control in a perennial fruit system. While there, Jim earned a Master of Science in Plant and Soil Sciences from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Jim has worked for CCEUC for over 7 years. In that time, he has learned a lot about the Hudson Valley small fruit industry and in particular the burgeoning wine industry. Jim has helped to educate berry growers about the invasive vinegar fly, spotted wing Drosophila. He has also worked with grape growers to help them make informed decisions on good site selection and best management practices for their vineyards.

Jim's current focus is onĀ education in the areas of climate change, integrated pest management, and farmworker programming. Most recently, Jim has taken the lead in Ulster County with the Hudson Valley Research Lab on providing education and outreach to growers about spotted lanternfly, a new invasive insect currently quarantined in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

In his spare time Jim is learning photography. He enjoys getting outside and taking pictures of the many beautiful landscapes the Hudson Valley has to offer.