John Jemison

John JemisonExtension Professor – Soil and Water Quality
495 College Ave, Orono, Maine 04473-1295
Phone:  207.581.3241

As an Extension Professor of Soil and Water Quality, John Jemison develops educational programs to encourage growers and homeowners to implement practices to improve soil health and protect surface and ground water supplies. With projects like the Orono Community Garden, he teaches volunteers how to grow food, understand civic agriculture and the benefits of local food systems. John’s agricultural research focuses on nutrient and weed management strategies to improve floral hemp and potato productivity, reduce risk to water quality, and reduce tillage to improve soil health and reduce production costs. He is a cooperating professor in the School of Food and Agriculture.


  • Ph.D. – Penn State University – 1991 – Agronomy
  • M.S. – Southern Illinois University – 1986 – Plant and Soil Science
  • B.S.F. – University of Montana – School of Forestry

Work-related Certificates:

  • Certified Crop Advisor – since 1996
  • Master Pesticide license holder – since 2003

Professional Organizations:

  • Member of the Northeast Weed Science Society since 1998
  • Certified Professional Agronomist – American Society of Agronomy since 1996
  • American Society of Agronomy – member since 1985