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Expert in Agronomy, Regulated (GMO) & Regulated Crop/Seed Production, Management, USA, International shipments

Expert ID: 723993 North Carolina, USA

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Expert's experience in agricultural development includes introduction of center pivot irrigation for irrigated corn to western Nebraska in the early 1970's when the area had previously been considered only as a dry land wheat production land. He also worked in the Pacific Northwest helping farmers convert from dry land agriculture to irrigated agriculture with water from the Columbia River. This involved proper hybrid selection, planting densities, and fertilization and pest control techniques.

He was on the leading edge of a new program to develop hybrid hard red winter wheat as a hybrid wheat seed production manager. The program involved many new techniques to assure purity and heterozygosity.

In California, he was the Director of Agronmic Services for a seed company that was on the leading edge of seed coating technology for small grass and legume seed. He developed a manual for planting rates of coated versus raw seed. This not only led the industry in seed coating but also opened up many new markets previously untouched.

In the Midwest, expert, as Corporate Manager of Technical Services, wrote manuals for alfalfa, soybean, corn, sorghum and wheat production that were used by researchers as well as sales and marketing personnel. He set up and managed company and university seed testing programs.

As research scientist and pilot production manager, he developed and implemented a method of high oil corn silage research. He developed the harvesting and storage equipment and techniques on a miniaturized basis to accurately predict nutritional advances and feed value of new high oil hybrids. He also reviewed all advertising material for accuracy, and worked closely with research and legal departments.

Expert also set up and implemented genetics by environment (G X E) study of new corn hybrids to evaluate added values trait reactions to environments. This program was part of a marketing program to establish higher value product lines for increased revenue for the seed company as well as the farmer and end user. In this role, he also developed production techniques for new biotechnology regulated traits to evaluate the traits in different environments and restrict contamination of related crops. He wrote the field protocols for the planting through harvesting and storage of these new events. The grain from these production fields was used to feed rats, chickens, swine, beef and dairy cattle to evaluated safety of the new event as part of the EPA and FDA deregulation process.

As North American Manager of of shipping, receiving and storage of regulated biological material he set up and managed shipping, receiving and storage protocols for regulated biological materials to and from all North American and international research locations. He worked intensively with corporate researchers as well as regulatory personnel in USDA, EPA, FDA, Homeland Security and regulatory officials in Europe, Russia, Africa, South America, Japan and China to ensure safe and timely movement of regulated biological materials.

A certified professional agronomist with experience managing technical service departments, regulated crop studies, seed production, developing a new dealer networks, recruiting and training the sales force. Unique strengths include coordination and development of programs to evaluate hybrids and variety performance for potential sales by environment. Accomplishments include establishing two technical service departments, developing the high oil corn silage testing program network, working directly with contract research companies to produce regulated and non-regulated grain for regulatory approval and value added markets across 17 states. Recognized for developing a full service advertising and marketing business serving agricultural, petrochemical, and pharmaceutical businesses.

Marketing and Product development activities include work for four companies on market development of a new herbicide, analysis of US white and waxy corn industry, forage market analysis. Located and evaluated potential sites for expanded GMO seed and grain evaluation.
• Herbicide development project for an agricultural chemical company. Testing in Iowa, southern Minnesota and eastern Nebraska. Evaluation of product efficacy, applicator acceptance. Document with digital photographs of each site.
• US Feed Grains Council VEC Report update. Market analysis of white and waxy corn production costs, regions producing each product, end user analysis and buyer opportunities
• Development of new sites for biotechnology research trial sites. Locate and evaluate new land for long-term leases. Develop production costs and lease options.
• Forage Market Analysis of cool season grasses and legumes.
Contracted specialty grain production - 2,500 acres of corn and 2,000 acres of wheat. Conducted biotech market research studies. Analyzed research data for marketing purposes assessing company product strengths and competitor weaknesses. Set up marketing programs for corn, wheat, fertilizer, propane, gasoline, and oil.
• Wrote and produced advertising literature and brochures for Farmland products.
• Developed and presented slide shows and scripts for farmer education and sales/promotion.
• Wrote feature articles for Hay and Forage magazine promoting advanced crop management.
• Developed new dealer education program materials by writing training manual Kansas Laws and Regulations for Sellers and Users of Pesticides, Fertilizer, Feeds, and Seeds.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1972 Degree: MS Subject: Agronomy, Crop Physiology Institution: University of Nebraska
Year: 1970 Degree: BS Subject: Agronomy, Animal Science Institution: Calif. Poly Tech. College
Year: 1963 Degree: AA Subject: Agronomy, Animal Science Institution: Mt. San Antonio Jr. College

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2006 to 2008 Employer: Self Employed Title: President/Owner Department: President
President and Agricultural Consultant, Marketing and Product development. Worked for four companies on market development of a new herbicide, analysis of US white and waxy corn industry, forage market analysis. Located and evaluated potential sites for expanded GMO seed and grain evaluation. Audited GMO development field locations of major seed company for company and USDA Regulatory Compliance in the field and regulatory documents.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1979 to 1989 Employer: Title: Corporate Manager of Technical Services Department: Technical Services
Set up and managed a complete technical services department to act as an interface between research, marketing, and sales to improve the orderly advancement of new varieties and hybrids into the existing product lines. Managed five area agronomists and sales test plot program for 50 DSM’s. Coordinated company seed entries into university testing programs across the USA. Advised top management and legal department on product liability issues. Recommended new research products to marketing and sales management. Analyzed research data for marketing purposes and assessed company product strengths and competitor weaknesses.
Worked with advertising department to position new products for accelerated sales volume.
Developed educational crop management programs for corn, alfalfa, wheat, soybeans, and sorghum. District sales managers using designed plot programs improved sales and increased new product acceptance resulting in accelerated sales and profitability.
Wrote AgriPro Soybean Agronomic Answer Book, a one-stop source for soybean crop management improving knowledge base for salesmen an improved product acceptance.
Set up, managed, and implemented complaint resolution procedures that improved customer retention and company bottom line.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1976 to 1979 Employer: Title: Director of Agronomic Services Department: Technical Services
Set up and managed a complete technical services department; managed one technician. Recruited and trained new dealers. Advised top management and legal department on product liability issues. Assessed company product strengths and competitor weaknesses. Developed educational training programs for staff and dealers to capitalize on our product strengths versus competitor weaknesses. Developed orchard and vineyard cover crop, range reseeding, and golf course mixtures. Set up crop management programs and sales test plot program for corn, alfalfa, wheat, and sorghum. Set up, managed, and implemented complaint resolution procedures. Presented products at field days for corn, soybeans, sorghum, wheat, and pasture mixes.
Wrote technical bulletins, advertising brochures and manuals for all products sold by Ramsey Seed, improving customer and sales staff knowledge of Ramsey Seed’s diverse line of products.
Set up DeKalb hybrid corn testing program in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Utah documenting hybrid performance and improving crop management, yields, and sales.
Evaluated new germplasm in research plots for correct product placement for increased sales.
Developed manual: Planting Rate Guide for Coated and Raw Seed establishing planting guidelines and promoting product management and dealer acceptance of the new technology.
Developed and managed budget for testing activities establishing cost controls for the program keeping within management goals.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1974 to 1976 Employer: Title: Production Manager Department: Production
Resonsible for hybrid seed corn and hybrid wheat production. Contract with farmers to plant grow and harvest each crop. Manage detasseling operations and crews during pollination. Coordinate field harvest activities with plant operations.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1973 to 1974 Employer: Title: County Extension Agent, In Charge Department: Extension Service
Responsible for all activities of the Perkins County, Nebraska Extension Service. Managed activities of the Home Extensio0n Agent and County Weed Control Officer. Managed and coordinated all 4-H club activities, the county fair, office secretary and annual budget.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2008 to 2011 Employer: Title: Shipping and Logistics Manager, North America Department: Logistics
Responsible for organizing, coordinating and shipment of movement of regulated biological materials within the USA and to all international locations. Administer all documentation required for regulated shipping to or from North America
Obtain permits for shipping regulated biological materials nationally and internationally. Develop, coordinate and maintain relationships with USDA, APHIS, Homeland Security/Customs, and commercial shipping companies.
Maintain a database to document and track shipments. Train shipping personnel at remote sites. Develop budgets.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2011 to 2018 Employer: Title: Owner Department: President
Marketing and Product Development
Consulting and developing marketing opportunities for seed treatments, vineyard establishment, and algae control in greenhouses
Consult with lawyer regarding compensation incentives and payments for seed company sales managers.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1972 to 1973 Agency: University of Nebraska Role: County Extension Agent Description: County extension agents are jointly funded by the USDA, State of Nebraska and the local county. As county extension agent, in charge, all relevant programs from USDA, State of Nebraska and the local county had to be carried out in compliance with those government agencies. The activities included: farmer education services, 4-H clubs, adult extension clubs, county fair management, and all activites need to improve the health, and economic status of the county.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
American Society of Agronomy
Crop Science Society of America
Licenses / Certifications
Certified Professional Agronomist by the American Society of Agronomy (C.P. Ag.) since 1978.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Served as an expert witness for law firm representing a client involved in an agricultural equipment operation operation accident. Used my knowledge and training as safety manager for DuPont location in West Des Moines, Iowa.
Training / Seminars
Developed advertising and marketing programs, technical literature, complaint handling procedures for seed companies. Promoted company products at field days for farmer customers. Developed and implemented High Oil Corn (HOC) silage harvest procedures. Managed DuPont Safety at DuPont Quality Grains Laboratory. Set a a complete product knowledge and sales program to establish a new dealer organization in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Utah. Presented the program to new local company sales staff and customers to develop a sales organization.
Vendor Selection
Found and contracted seed and crop production with farmers and contract research companies. Set and contracted logistics for seed and grain transpotation to and from resarch trial locations. Set up protocols for disposal of regulated materials to comply with federal and state government reguations.
Marketing Experience
Developed advertising and marketing programs with private advertising companies and corporate sales department to ensure an orderly and timely entrance of new products into the market without losing market share of existing products.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
English First Language

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