College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department of Plant and Soil Science

Heather Darby


Heather Darby, Ph.D. Extension Associate Professor

  • Ph.D. Crops and Soils Oregon State University
  • M.S. Agronomy University of Wisconsin-Madison
Areas of Expertise
Soil quality and nutrient management ; grain production; organic farming; forages; hops; oilseed crops; biofuel productionSoil quality and nutrient management ; grain production; organic farming; forages; hops; oilseed crops; biofuel production

Heather Darby is an Agronomic and Soils Specialist for the University of Vermont Extension.Being raised on a dairy farm in Northwest Vermont has allowed her to play an active role in all aspects of dairy farming and gain knowledge of the land; creating an awareness for the hard work and dedication required to operate a farm. These practical experiences, complemented by her education have focused her attention towards sustainable agriculture, and promotion of environmental stewardship. Heather is involved with research and outreach programs in the areas of fuel, forage, and grain production systems in New England.

Contact Information
Email: Heather.Darby@uvm.edu
Phone: (802) 524-6501

Office Hours: by appointment

Website: Northwest Crops and Soils Program

I teach the following courses:

Digging In: A Nutrient Management Course for Farmers
Biomass to Biofuels (PSS 296)

Recent Publications:

Research reports and project information can be found on our web site: www.uvm.edu/extension/cropsoil

Darby, H, S. Bosworth, and K. Hills. 2009. Digging In: A Nutrient Management Course for Farmers. University of Vermont Extension.

Behar, H., C. Daley, H. Darby, S. Flack, E. Maltby, L. McCrory, 2010. How to Comply with the Pasture Rule on Your Organic Dairy Farm: A 10 Step Summary. eXtension Foundation [Online]. Available at: http://www.extension.org/article/30340 (verified 10 Oct 2010).

Darby, H., P. Halteman, V. Grubinger. 2010. Sunflowers for Biofuel Production. eXtension Foundation [Online]. Available at: http://www.extension.org/article/29605 (verified 07 Nov 2010).

Darby, H.M. 2009. Organic Dairy Cropping Systems. eXtension Foundation [Online]. Available at: http://www.extension.org/article/18324 (verified 22 Sept 2009).

Darby, H.M. and Gamroth, M. 2009. Strategies for Extending the Grazing Season on Organic Farms [Online]. eXtension Foundation. Available at: http://www.extension.org/article/18648 (verified 22 Sept 2009).

Sexton, P., N. Currie, H. Darby, J. Jemison, and J. Cancelarich. 2009. A Case Study of Small Scale Biodiesel Production in Northern New England. April 2009. Crop Management Journal.


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