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Graduate Student
Human Sciences
8015 W Center Rd Omaha NE 68124-3175
John Porter is the Urban Agriculture Extension Educator and Urban Agriculture Program Coordinator in Omaha. His role includes education, outreach, and leadership in urban agriculture and local foods in the Metro Area. He is a SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) Fellow and incorporates the tenets of sustainable agriculture - economic viability, economic stewardship, and quality of life enhancement - into his programs. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies with the UNL ALEC department and provides facilitation and coaching in program development and design thinking. He previously served as a county agriculture extension agent for West Virginia University Extension for eight years, where he developed the West Virginia Urban Agriculture Conference and reached audiences through various media outlets.


  • MS, West Virginia University, 2008
  • BS, Marshall University, 2004

icon-business-chartResearch & Grants

  • Specialty Crop Conference & Trade Show, Ne Dept Agriculture, September 2020
  • Cultivating New Farmers 2021-2024 EZ9, Ne Dept Agriculture
  • Vegetable variety trial research and education for eastern Nebraska growers, Ne Dept Agriculture, September 2019
  • Winter-Harvest Crop Production EZ11, Ne Dept Agriculture


  • Heirlooms, Hybrids, and GMOs....Oh My!, International Extension Master Gardener Committee, Portland, Oregon

icon-bookmark-starAwards & Honors

  • Food Day Omaha Champion Award, Food Day Omaha, 2021
  • Distinguished Service Award, National Association of County Agricultural Agents, 2020
  • National Extension Leadership Development Program, NELD North Central via University of Minnesota, 2017
  • Search for Excellence in Sustainable Agriculture - National Finalist, National Association of County Agricultural Agents, 2017

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