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Matthew DeBacco, Nutrient Management on Farm Planner, Special Lecturer.

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M.S..  2011,  Agronomy, University of Connecticut

B.S.   2007,  Pathobiology, University of Connecticut 

B.S.   2007,  Horticulture, University of Connecticut

          2007,  Minor, Molecular & Cell Biology, University of Connecticut


PLSC 3810/PLSC 5898,  Plant Diseases / Topics in Plant Science

HORT 2430/SAPL 430,  Herbaceous Ornamental Plants

SAPL 120,  Introduction to Plant Science


Working on Nutrient Management involving working with farmers through the Cooperative Extension to maintain field records and offer recommendations.  This involves farmer contact and staying in touch with the current challenges each year can bring.  At the end of the year the records of nutrients added and yield collected is documented.

Academic Advisor to the EcoGarden Club on campus.  Currently helping with soil nutrients and planning for the layout of the garden plots to help support the local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) run during the summer including donations made to the on campus Whitney Dining Hall.

Developing a grower’s guide to Identifying Common Problems as seen in the field for pumpkin growers.  It has been used by growers all over the world with many groups posting access links on their websites for easy of accessibility.


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Masters Thesis “Compost Tea and Milk to Suppress Powdery Mildew (Podosphera Xanthii) on Pumpkins and Evaluation of Horticultural Pots Made from Recycleable Fibers under Field Conditions.”  2011

Implementation of Adaptive Nutrient Management for Nitrogen – Case Studies From Pennsylvania Farms. Haiying Tao, Thomas Morris, Suzy Friedman, Dawn Pettinelli and Matthew DeBacco, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.   Environmental Defense Fund, Washington, DC. 2011

Why Adaptive Management Is Needed for Nutrient Management. Haiying Tao, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, Thomas Morris, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, Richard Meinert, University of Connecticut, Torrington, CT, Dawn Pettinelli, Plant Science and & Landscape Architecture, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT and Matthew DeBacco, Plant Science and & Landscape Architecture, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. 2010


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Provided an on the farm field demonstration and explanation on soil testing at Yale University http://working.yale.edu/in-the-know/well-being-choosing-free-time

Discussed Field Research at the Valley Laboratory Plot


Spoke at Lebanon Elementary School (preschool to 4th grade) about what it takes to grow a giant pumpkin.


Interview on Patch entitled “What Does It Take to Grow a Giant Pumpkin?” http://rockyhill.patch.com/articles/what-does-it-take-to-grow-a-giant-pumpkin#video-7887120

Expert in the field contributing spokesperson for article entitled “Weather squashes pumpkin growers”


Second place carving finish “Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere” UConn Daily Campus: http://www.dailycampus.com/2.7437/pumpkins-pumpkins-everywhere-1.1052732#.TvtWWfL841I

Donated one of my organically grown giant pumpkins “Horticulture Clubs Puts On A Good Show” UConn Daily Campus:


Seminars at the Durham Fair advertised by the Town Times


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Growing Giant Pumpkins since 2000. (State Record in 2008 at 1,353 pounds)

Founding member of Team-Pumpkin. (www.Team-Pumpkin.org)

Fishing, specializing on the Connecticut River (Coast Guard Certified Charter Boat Captain).

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Matthew DeBacco

Nutrient Management on Farm Planner

Special Lecturer
University of Connecticut

6 Sherman Place, Unit 5102
Department of Plant Science
Union Cottage, Depot Campus
Storrs, Connecticut 0626

Telephone: (860) 486-6385
fax: (860) 486-4562
email: matthew.debacco@uconn.edu 

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