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Dr. Pete Vergot, III

Professor of Agricultural Education and Communication, District Extension Director

Dr. Vergot joined the University of Florida Extension in 1997 as a district extension director and is currently a professor in AEC. He is a native of Michigan and spent his early years on his family's farm.

Vergot received his B.S. in Agricultural and Extension Education with a Michigan Teaching Certification and Vocational Endorsement from Michigan State University in 1976. He also earned a M.A. in Agricultural and Natural Resources Education in 1980 and a Ph.D. in 1991, both from Michigan State University.

Vergot’s professional experience is in teaching vocational agriculture and as an extension agent and county extension director in Michigan prior to coming to Florida. Vergot is a leader in internationalizing extension and the use of information technologies for extension. He also teaches extension administration in AEC's online master’s program in addition to assisting AEC graduate students.

Refereed Publications 

  • Place, N.T., Vergot III, P., Dragon, S. L., Hightower, L., Internationalizing Extension: A case study involving faculty, students and stakeholders, Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education, Volume 15, Number 1. http://www.aiaee.org/archive/Vol-15.1.pdf, Spring 2008, p 5-10

Non-refereed Publications

Reports

  • Vergot, III, P., Jiannong X., Friday, T., Olczyk, T., Buss, L., “Linking the People’s Republic of China to the International Distance Diagnostic and Identification System Network” Final Report, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agriculture Service, Washington D.C. December 2008, 1-20p
  • Vergot III, P., Bowen, W. T., Allen, K., Atkins, J., Audrey R. Norman, A.R., Holmes, D., Rosenthal, S., Report on “Internationalizing University of Florida IFAS Extension Local Leaders and Extension Faculty Explore Biofuels in Brazil”, University of Florida IFAS, Gainesville FL, 2008, 1-4 p

Lectures, Speeches, and Posters at Professional Conferences and Meetings

International

Refereed Paper Presentations

  • Vergot, P., Cherry, W., Friday, T., Stevenson, C., Digital Extension Newsletters Innovative Cooperation and Collaborations, 26th Annual Conference 2010, Saskatoon, Canada “Innovative Cooperation and Collaboration”, May 15-18, 2010
  • Vergot III, P., Singh B. K., Culbert D., Halsey L., Hunsberger A., Seals L.,, Mayer H., Marshall D., Bolques A., Internationalizing University of Florida IFAS Extension – Developing and Implementing an Innovative Horticulture Extension Program in Costa Rica, 25th Annual conference of the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education (AIAEE), San Juan Puerto Rico, May 2009
  • Harmon C. L., Vergot P., Xin J., Momol T., Miller S., Internationalizing Plant Protection through Extension: the International Plant Diagnostic Network, 25th Annual conference of the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education (AIAEE), San Juan Puerto Rico, May 2009

Invited Presentation

  • Vergot III, P., “Using Social Networks for Innovative Cooperation and Collaboration”, 26th Annual conference of the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education (AIAEE), Saskatoon, Canada, May 2010

Invited Poster Presentation

  • Vergot, III, P., Mayo, D., “University of Florida IFAS Extension”, IICA and AIAEE Joint Seminar on Agricultural and Extension Education, Pre Conference – 24th annual conference of the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education (AIAEE), San Jose Costa Rica, March 2008

Refereed Poster Presentations

  • Vergot III, P., Jiannong X., Friday T., Olczyk T., Buss L.J., “Internationalizing University of Florida IFAS Extension Linking the People’s Republic of China to the International Distance Diagnostic and Identification System Network”, 25th Annual conference of the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education (AIAEE), San Juan Puerto Rico, May 2009
  • Vergot III, P., Bowen, W. T., Allen, K., Atkins, J., Audrey R. Norman, A.R., Holmes, D., Rosenthal, S., “Internationalizing University of Florida IFAS Extension Local Leaders and Extension Faculty Explore Biofuels in Brazil”, 25th Annual conference of the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education (AIAEE), San Juan Puerto Rico, May 2009
  • Bolques, A., Singh, B.K., Culbert, D., Halsey, L., Hunsberger, A., Marshall, D., Mayer, H., Vergot III, P., “Application of Extension Horticulture Training Concepts in Costa Rica”, 25th Annual conference of the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education (AIAEE), San Juan Puerto Rico, May 2009

National

Invited Seminars

  • Vergot III, P., “Internationalizing Extension through Emerging Issues with Local Leaders and Extension Faculty”, UM Internationalizing Extension Workshop, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences University of Minnesota, St. Paul MN, May 11-12, 2009

Proceedings

  • Jiannong Xin, Carrie L. Harmon, Pete Vergot III, Huafeng Jin. Tracking Pests and Plant Diseases through Space and Time Using Geo-tagged Digital Images. Proc. of 7th World Congress of Computer in Agriculture and Natural Resources. Ed. Zazueta and Xin, Reno, NV. ASABE, St. Joseph, MI, USA. pp 149-154. 2009.

Selected Seminars

  • Friday, T., Vergot, P., “MS Office Communicator 2007 R2 for Extension – Part I”, National Extension Technology Conference (NETC), Auburn Alabama May 2010
  • Vergot, P., Friday, T., “Automating the Creation of Web-based Extension Information Part I”, National Extension Technology Conference (NETC), Auburn Alabama May 2010
  • Vergot, P., Ludlow, J., Digital Extension Newsletters Innovative Cooperation and Collaborations, Southern Rural Sociological Association (SRSA) will be held concurrently with the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists (SAAS), Orlando, Florida February 6 – 9, 2010
  • Courtney, E, A.., Heady, J., Gutter, M., Vergot III, P., Money Matter$ – An on-line video program, 75th Annual Conference of National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS), Birmingham AL, September 2009
  • Seals, L., Culbert, D., Hunsberger, A., Bolques, A., Vergot III, P., Halsey, L., Meyer, H., Marshal, D., “Developing and Implementing An International Horticulture Program – Gardeners of Costa Rica”, 93rd Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference, National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA), NC, 2008

Regional

Invited Seminars

  • Vergot III, P., Southern Region Applications of Technology, Southern Region Biennial Middle Managers’ Conference – Excelling Beyond Today’s Challenges, Georgia Center for Continuing Education, Athens GA, April 6-9, 2009

State

Invited Seminars

  • Vergot III, P., Heady Bearden, J., Zamojski, K., “Using Social Networks for Innovative Cooperation and Collaboration”, Extension Professional Associations of Florida (EPAF), Orlando Florida, September 2, 2010

Selected Seminars

  • Vergot, P., Xin, J., Friday, T., Olczyk, T., Buss, L., “Internationalizing University of Florida IFAS Extension: Linking the People’s Republic of China to the International Distance Diagnostic and Identification System Network, Extension Professional Associations of Florida (EPAF), Orlando Florida, August 2009
  • Vergot, P., Bowen, B., Allen, K., Atkins J., Norman, A., Holmes, D., Rosenthal, S., “Internationalizing University of Florida IFAS Extension: Local Leaders and Extension Faculty Explore Biofuels in Brazil”, Extension Professional Associations of Florida (EPAF), Orlando Florida, August 2009

Awards and Honors

  • Epsilon Sigma Phi, 25 Years of Service Recognition, Orlando FL, 2009
  • Association of International Agricultural and Extension Education (AIAEE), President, Recognition of Exceptional Leadership for 2008- 2009
  • Epsilon Sigma Phi, 2008 International Service Award, Orlando, FL, 2008

Professor of Agricultural Education and Communication, District Extension Director