Eric Bendfeldt

Extension Specialist, Community Viability

Education and Degrees

  • M.S., Forestry, 1999, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia
    Thesis Title: Dynamics and Characterization of Organic Matter in Mine Soils 16 Years after Amendment with Topsoil, Sawdust, and Sewage Sludge.
  • B.S., Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences, 1997, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia
  • B.A., History, 1987, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia

Work Experience

  • Lecturer - Extension Specialist, Community Viability, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Northern District Office, Harrisonburg, Virginia (2005-present)
  • Lecturer - Extension Agent, Environmental Sciences, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Rockingham County Office, Harrisonburg, Virginia (2003)
  • Lecturer - Associate Extension Agent, Environmental Sciences, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Rockingham County Office, Harrisonburg, Virginia (1999)
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Forestry, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia (1997)
  • Research Technician, Turfgrass Research Center, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia (1996)
  • Agriculturalist/Community Development Coordinator, Mennonite Central Committee, the relief and development agency of the Mennonite Church, Tanzania, East Africa (1988)

Professional Associations

  • Virginia Association of Agricultural Extension Agents
  • Virginia Forage and Grassland Council

Awards

  • 2008 Virginia Agribusiness Council's Extension Service Award 
  • 2005 Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Andy Swiger Land-Grant Award
  • 2002 American Society of Agronomy Certificate of Excellence for Educational Materials
  • 2001 Virginia Association of Agricultural Extension Agents Communication Award
Eric Bendfeldt
  • 540-432-6029
  • ebendfel@vt.edu
  • 2322 Blue Stone Hills Dr.
    Suite 140
    Harrisonburg, VA 22801