Brad Bergefurd is an Extension Educator, Agriculture and Horticulture Specialist with Ohio State University Extension, with statewide responsibilities for outreach and research to the commercial agriculture & fruit and vegetable industries, urban agriculture and consumer horticulture including Master Gardner Volunteer training, and community gardening. Bergefurd is located at the research farm located at the OSU Piketon Research & Extension center in Piketon and at OSU Extension Scioto County in Portsmouth and has been with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) and OSU Extension for 25 years.
Mr. Bergefurd is the Co-Coordinator of the 25 member multidisciplinary OSU Extension Vegetable Team that partners with the $180 million dollar fruit and vegetable industry in Ohio; is the Director of the Great Lakes Vegetable Working Group a 70 member multidisciplinary team of commercial vegetable researchers and educators and is Co-coordinator of the Ohio Apprenticeship council approved Ohio Specialty Crops Growers Apprenticeship Program that trains new specialty crop growers. His teaching and field research centers on crop diagnostics and management, season extension techniques (high tunnel, plasticulture, row covers), integrated pest management (IPM), micro-irrigation management and direct marketing and his applied research focusses on plasticulture production, hops production and marketing, strawberry season extension, tomato micro-fertigation and physiological disorders of tomato at Piketon and on-farm research plots around Ohio and West Africa. His current research is funded partially by the Ohio Vegetable and Small Fruit Research & Development Program (OVSFRDP), USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant, USDA North Central IPM and North Central Sustainable Agricultural Research and Education (SARE).
Bergefurd lectures throughout the country and internationally on integrated pest management, plasticulture technologies, hops production, strawberry crop management, crop fertility, direct marketing and wholesale produce auction management. He is a member of the American Society for Horticultural Science and the Food Distribution Research Society and serves as an Eductional Advisor for the Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association. Bergefurd holds degrees in Horticulture Science and Agricultural & Extension Education from The Ohio State University.