Jonathan P Behling

Adjunct Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Sole Proprietor, Back To Our Roots (Community Supported Agriculture)
Senior Lecturer
School of Hospitality Leadership
College of Management

Office: 455 Heritage Hall

Brief Biography

I have had life long interest and experience in crop production, plant physiology and horticulture with an emphasis on environmental sustainability. Recently, with the University of Wisconsin-Extension Service I have had the role of commercial educator in horticulture and have provided coursework and information regarding turfgrass science to the commercial sector of the turfgrass industry. As the owner of a small agricultural business I bring practical experiences in business operations. I expect that students who have successfully completed my courses will not only have a solid grasp of the fundamentals of turfgrass science and culture but also an appreciation of golf courses’ responsibility to the environment and the surrounding community.


    • Ph D Plant Breeding and Genetics-Horticulture
      University of Wisconsin-Madison
      Madison, WI, 1987
    • MS Horticulture and Plant Breeding
      University of Nebraska-Lincoln
      Lincoln, NE, 1980
    • BS Agronomy and Horticulture
      University of Wisconsin-River Falls
      River Falls, WI, 1978

Courses Taught

  • GEM-250 Turfgrass Mgmt For Golf Course
  • GEM-450 Environmental Golf Course Mgmt
  • GEM-499 Independent Study

Work Experience

Academic: Post-secondary

    • University of Wisconsin-Stout, School of Hospitality Leadership
      Adjunct Professor
      January 2006 - Present
    • University of Wisconsin-Extension
      Horticultural Agent
      February 2003 - January 2006
    • University of Southern Maine (Lewiston-Auburn and Portland Campuses)
      Assistant Professor
      January 1997 - August 1999
    • Bowdoin College
      Research Associate
      September 1996 - June 1997
    • University of Wisconsin-Madison
      Graduate Research Assistant
      August 1983 - December 1986
    • University of Wisconsin
      Research Specialist
      August 1980 - August 1983


  • Back To Our Roots (Community Supported Agriculture)
      Sole Proprietor
      January 2000 - Present
  • Alf Christianson Seed Company
      Plant Breeder-Project Leader
      June 1987 - July 1996
  • Alf Christianson Seed Company
      Research Manager
      November 1991 - January 1994

Intellectual Contributions

    Technical Report

    • Behling, J. (1997). American Society of Horticulture Vegetable Cultivar Database. .

    Journal Article

    • Lodding, C., Cardon, Z., Behling, J., & Zarin, D. (1997). Water Relation Differences Between Cogeneric Birch Species in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Ecology Society of America, 22.
    • Behling, J. (1992). Seed Production of Beta vulgaris (Red Table Beet) in the Pacific Northwest. Washington State Horticulture Abstracts, 21(93).
    • Behling, J., Gerloff, G. C., & Gabelman, W. H. (1986). Intraspecific Variation in Internal Ca Utilization by Tomatoes Grown Under Low Ca Stress. Hortscience, 21(3), 713-714.
    • Behling, J., Riordan, T. P., Kinbacher, E. J., & Shearman, R. C. (1979). Evaluation of Kentucky Bluegrass Hybridization Methods. American Society of Agronomy, 132(55).

Awards, Fellowships, Honors, and Scholarships


    • Horticulture Graduate Council (1986)
    • Sigma Xi (Honorary Research Society) (1986)
    • Alpha Zeta Honorary Agricultural Fraternity (1977)


    • Agronomy Student of the Year (1978)

Professional Memberships

  • Upper Midwest Organic Farming Association
  • Crossroads Kitchen Advisory council
  • American Society for Horticulture Science
  • Root and Bulb Crops Germplasm Advisory Council
  • USDA Brassica and Leafy Vegetable Germplasm Advisory Council
  • ASHS Vegetable Breeding Working Group
  • American Seed trade Association
  • International Society for Horticulture Science
  • Sugar Beet Technologists of America
  • Washington State Biotechnical Consortium



  • Member, Audubon Society – Skagit Chapter (On-going)
  • Old Growth Forest Alliance (On-going)
  • The Nature Conservancy – Washington Chapter (On-going)
  • Board of Directors, Care-Link (November 2008 - May 2013)
  • Volunteer, Scarborough Marsh Atlantic Coast Nature Sanctuary (June 1997 - June 1999)
  • Volunteer, Maine Audubon (August 1996 - May 1999)
  • Tidal Marsh Steward Workshop (May 1997)
  • Committee Member, Skagit Valley Literacy Council (May 1992 - May 1994)