Extension Specialist and Associate Professor, University of Tennessee
Dr. Amy Fulcher is an extension specialist and associate professor at the University of Tennessee where she works with Extension agents and nursery producers to optimize production practices and improve the economic and environmental sustainability of the nursery industry.
Dr. Fulcher’s research and extension programming focus on using technology to advance nursery production. Her team recently developed a leachate sensor that when used to schedule irrigation reduced nursery water use by more than 65%. She is also part of a multi-disciplinary team evaluating a laser-guided, variable-rate spray system, which has helped nursery producers and orchardists reduce pesticide volume by as much as 74% and reduce pesticide drift up to 99%. Dr. Fulcher is the project director for a USDA SCRI Planning Grant that is focused on conducting a national assessment of nursery labor challenges and the potential to adopt automation. She also directed the development of, and provides statewide leadership for, the Tennessee Master Nursery Producer program and the Advanced Tennessee Master Nursery Producer program.
Dr. Fulcher coauthored extension publications and scientific articles that were recognized regionally and nationally by the American Society for Horticultural Science, including “Nursery Irrigation: A Guide to Reducing Risk and Improving Production”, and “Leaching Fraction: A Tool to Schedule Irrigation for Container-grown Nursery Crops.”