MSU fruit specialist honored
MSU Extension specialist Eric Hanson receives honors.
Michigan State University Extension specialist Dr. Eric Hanson received a distinguished service award from the Michigan State Horticultural Society during the awards banquet at the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable, and Farm Market Expo in Grand Rapids, December 7.
Hanson is MSU’s small fruit extension specialist and is also in his eighteenth year as the coordinator of fruit educational programming for the Great Lakes Expo.
Hanson grew up in Connecticut and studied biology at Nasson College in Maine. He studied lowbush blueberry production techniques while pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Maine. His PhD came from Oregon State University, where he worked on plum nutrition. He joined the horticulture faculty at Michigan State University in 1984.
Hanson’s extension work has been primarily with blueberries and other berry crops, with some work in tree fruits. His research interests include fertilizer use, weed management, high tunnel berry production, growth regulator use, variety evaluation, and organic production of blueberries and raspberries. He teaches undergraduate courses in nutrition, tree fruit culture, and berry crop production.