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Cooperative Extension of Hunterdon County

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Regarding COVID-19 and the Operations of Rutgers Cooperative Extension Office and Services

Pursuant to operating guidance from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and the County of Hunterdon, Rutgers Cooperative Extension continues to meet the needs of the public primarily through phone, email, web-based communications and education.
In the event an in-person meeting is required, this will be scheduled one-on-one, and by appointment with appropriate staff, between the hours of 8:30am-4:30pm.

For department specific COVID – 19 information, click on the department links below. Please contact us at:

4-H Youth Development Sherrie Peterson (Program Assistant)
    General Inquiries Anna Pinkerton – 908-788-1341
Agriculture & Resource Management  Megan Muehlbauer (County Agent)
    General Inquiries Kim Crommelin 908-788-1338
Lawn & Garden Rebecca Magron (Horticulturist/Research Associate)
    General Inquiries Kim Crommelin 908-788-1338
Family & Community Health Sciences Sandra Grenci (FCHS Educator) 908-788-1342
Master Gardener Helpline 908-788-1735

Current COVID-19 Information can be found at NJ Department of Health (link or Hunterdon County Department of Health (link

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For tracking purposes, residents should report Spotted Lantern Fly by including a photo and your location here:


Information on spotted lantern fly can be found through the Rutgers website and the New Jersey Department of Agriculture's website  

For Home Horticulture and additional questions, please contact 908-788-1735 or

Red-Black Nymphs
Red Black Nymphs
Close Up of Adul Spotted Lanternfly
Adult SLF



We have been receiving reports of people receiving seeds in the mail from China that they did not order. Sometimes the seeds are sent in packages stating that the contents are jewelry. Unsolicited seeds could be invasive, introduce diseases to local plants, or be harmful to livestock.

Here's what to do if you receive unsolicited seeds from another country:

  1. DO NOT plant them and if they are in sealed packaging don't open the sealed package.
  2. Take a photo of the package and seeds and send the photos to the USDA SITC at

Report it to the USDA! Maintain the seeds and packaging and send to the USDA Office located at:
   Attention: Gregory Soto
   1500 Lower Road
   Linden, NJ 07036

Please write down your name, address, phone number and email address on a piece of paper and insert it in your package.  If you have already planted or discarded seeds please send us an email to

If individuals are aware of the potential smuggling of prohibited exotic fruits, vegetables, or meat products into or through the USA, they can help APHIS by contacting the confidential Anti-smuggling Hotline number at 800-877-3835 or by sending an Email to USDA will make every attempt to protect the confidentiality of any information sources during an investigation within the extent of the law. (


RCE Extension Connection Newsletter - Vol. 2, November 2020





4-H Youth DevelopmentA community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. The New Jersey 4-H Youth Development Program offers everyone in grades K–13, the opportunity to explore countless opportunities in science, arts, foods, outdoor adventure, and more. 4-H is where there's fun in learning and learning is fun!

  Family & Community Health Sciences
Family and Community Health Sciences (FCHS) links agriculture and health to bring innovative food, nutrition and healthy lifestyles programs to Hunterdon County residents of all ages. Outreach includes research and collaboration in Nutrition, Child and School Wellness, Chronic Disease Prevention and Food Safety & Home Food Preservation

Agriculture and Resource ManagementServes the residents of Hunterdon County through the development and dissemination of research-based information. Assists commercial agriculture operations through research and demonstrations related to tree fruit, small fruit and vegetable crop management, implementation of Integrated Pest Management Systems (IPM), and viable use of natural resources.


Lawn and Garden
Includes the Rutgers Master Gardener program, for home garden and landscape education, information and problem solving. Rutgers Master Gardener volunteers are a unique group of trained individuals who assist Rutgers Cooperative extension in providing horticultural programs and services to enhance their communities, and educate local residents in their home gardens and landscapes

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Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) Cooperative Extension helps the diverse population of New Jersey adapt to a rapidly changing society and improve their lives and communities through an educational process that uses science based knowledge. Through science-based educational programs, Rutgers Cooperative Extension truly enhances the quality of life for residents of New Jersey and brings the wealth of knowledge of Rutgers, the State University to local communities.  RCE strives to better the lives of the citizens of Hunterdon County through a cooperative agreement between Rutgers and the Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Educational programs are provided without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status.


Events & News

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Rutgers Family and Community Health Wellness Wednesday Webinars

April 21 - Ask the Expert - 2021 Tree Fruit Insect Pests What’s that Buzz in the Orchard?
MAY 05 - Ask the Expert - Orchard Soil Fertility
MAY 19 - Ask the Expert - Pesticide Safety Talk

In person meetings are suspended, check back for updates.
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Call 908-788-1338 to request a reservation


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