L to R: Carol R. MacNeil, Curt Petzoldt, and Don
Sweet. Photo: R. Way.
Carol R. MacNeil, Cornell Cooperative Extension educator and vegetable specialist for four New York counties, has been helping to develop and to teach IPM practices for 20 years, working both with growers and the Cornell community. A letter from Cornell plant pathology professors William Fry and Rosemary Loria, who have worked with MacNeil on late blight management in potatoes, states that "Carol...has been an effective voice for IPM in central New York. Additionally Carol has been an effective voice for the production industry to Cornell faculty in extension and research. It has been a wonderfully synergistic interaction."
MacNeil works on onions, potatoes, carrots, cabbage, and tomatoes in Ontario, Wayne, Steuben, and Yates Counties. She developed an interest in agriculture at a young age. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at SUNY Buffalo and in 1976 completed a master’s degree in vegetable crops at Cornell University.