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Fields of Devotion Trailer (Below)

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Award Winning Best Short Documentary

“I want to raise up one individual, in particular, Professor Jim Simon…He and his team were asked to help family farmers in New Jersey who were struggling to keep a valuable crop from being ravaged by disease or climate change. … Their work was documented in a terrific film called Fields of Devotion, directed by our own Dena Seidel—and the film itself has encouraged farmers and scientists to work more closely together to benefit New Jersey agriculture. This is but one example of how Rutgers serves the state.”

– Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway, Stakeholder Meeting, October 24, 2023

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New! 2023 New Jersey Edison Patent Award awarded to

Distinguished Professor Jim Simon and Extension Specialist Andy Wyenandt for their work on Downy Mildew Resistant Basil

and Distinguished Professor Jim Simon wins Distinguished Service to NJ Agriculture Award from NJ Farm Bureau November 2023, recognizing his many contributions including the work featured on this website.

When a devastating disease wipes out farmers’ fields, growers turn to scientists for help. Fields of Devotion follows the unique working partnership between New Jersey farmers and Rutgers plant biologists as they develop disease and climate-resistant food crops.



Watch the trailer for our 30 minute science-in-action film