Joe Bagdon, Agronomist / Pest Management Specialist
Joe is the Nutrient and Pest Management Team Leader on the National Water Quality and Quantity Technology Development Team. He is also the Windows Pesticide Screening Tool (WIN-PST) Team Leader. Joe is located in Amherst, MA at the Massachusetts NRCS State Office. He lives with his wife Jeanne and his son Connor on part of the family farm where he was raised in Sunderland, MA.
Joe graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Plant and Soil Sciences in 1980. He ran a small vegetable, tobacco and dairy farm before he began his career with the Soil Conservation Service in 1985. He spent two years as a County Executive Director for the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service and then came back to the Soil Conservation Service as a Soil Conservationist. He continued on as a Resource Conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service and then became the Project Leader for NAPRA: National Agricultural Pesticide Risk Analysis. Since 1994, Joe has served as a national Pest Management Specialist and he has helped develop and deliver Nutrient and Pest Management Considerations in Conservation Planning training, CORE 4 training, and Conservation Boot Camp training.
In his current position, Joe is responsible for NRCS pest management related technology and technical policy. He represents NRCS on the Federal IPM Coordinating Committee and works with CSREES, ARS, EPA and the pesticide industry to help coordinate NRCS activities in the pest management arena. Joe’s main focus is providing technology support to NRCS field staff nationwide so they can evaluate the environmental risks of pest management activities and recommend appropriate mitigation in the conservation planning process.