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Jeff Owen

Area Extension Forestry Specialist

Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources


Area(s) of Expertise

Christmas Tree Genetics


Extension (100%): Christmas Tree Production

  • Providing support to North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service Agents with Christmas tree responsibilities.
  • Increasing the understanding of Christmas tree fertility and the ability to develop site-specific fertility prescriptions through educational opportunities.
  • Maximizing the effectiveness of Christmas tree businesses, through strategic planning, business management education, and development of the “Greenwise” curriculum.
  • Fostering the implementation of sustainable production by demonstrating best management practices (BMP’s), tailored to the location and by encouraging a holistic approach to solving production problems.


  • Evaluating alternative strip-tillage practices as part of site preparation for Fraser fir Christmas trees.
  • Evaluating Fraser fir phytotoxicity and weed suppression of low rates of post-emergent herbicides.
  • Evaluating the ability of alternative foliar-applied micronutrients to correct deficiency symptoms in Fraser fir.
  • Developing a curriculum for farm business management that provides a process of strategic planning and a foundation in the five functions of management.
  • Developing commercial scout training. (with┬áJill Sidebottom)


Extension Forestry

Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center