Jack Rabin, Associate Director - Farm Programs, Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences (Entomology) from Rutgers and a M.S. in Vegetable Crops Breeding from the University of California Davis. He provides Agricultural Experiment Station and Extension administrative leadership for a diverse range of programs including:
- Four off-campus Research & Extension Farms totaling over 1,500 acres and their research and extension programs in vegetable crops, small fruit & tree fruit crops, nursery & ornamentals, and minor use crop pesticide testing.
- Providing perishable produce marketing alternatives at the wholesale level in the farm-to-fork Chain of Custody by improving distribution & merchandising opportunities for locally grown produce; linking local farmers with local wholesale hospitality and institutional food purchasers. This includes “Rediscovering the Jersey Tomato” and communicating these opportunities to the broader public via publication of “What’s In Season.”
- Coordinating Wildlife Damage Management extension programming with the goal of reducing conflicts between the needs of farming to reduce economic damage and the needs of wildlife. Education emphasizes integrated wildlife management approaches; reducing damage while respecting differing values people place on wildlife resources.
- Supervising on-campus research greenhouses and agricultural engineering operations for greenhouses, buildings, and research fabrication machine shop.
- Executive Editor of Plant & Pest Advisory Newsletters communicating time dependent integrated crop management decision information directly from NJAES research and extension in the field to 700+ subscribers weekly.
- Programs and agricultural communications highlighting tactics for Sustaining Farming Alternatives on New Jersey’s Urban Fringe.
- Sustainable Agriculture and Farming Alternatives USDA State Coordinator for ag professionals training opportunities. Rabin also teaches a course on Sustainable Agriculture and lectures on the positive relationships between private property rights, resources conservation, and economic prosperity.
- Supervisor of Plant Diagnostic Clinic and Soil Testing Laboratories.
- Improving New Jersey farmer viability through improved farm management tactics; improving record keeping tools to reduce burdens of environmental compliance; deployment of tools for precision management of farm resources.
Phone: (732) 932-5000, ext. 610
Fax: (732) 932-6633