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 Expert  726566

Expert in Agriculture, Pesticides, Plant Pathology, Entomology, Crop Damage, and Postharvest Storage and Transport


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Florida (FL)
USA
Education Work HistoryPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness Market Research

Summary of Expertise: Listed with other top experts in: 
Expert has over 25 years' experience in agronomy, pest and disease control, pesticides, post-harvest diseases, horticulture, fertilizers, and farm management. Expert is currently employed as the Director of Research and Development for a global agriculture company.
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agricultural development

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agricultural pesticide

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agriculture

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experimental agriculture

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horticulture

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sustainable agriculture

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tropical agriculture

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agricultural chemical

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agricultural crop

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agricultural pest

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agricultural production

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agricultural research

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agronomy

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greenhouse vegetable production

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spray drift


Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Jacksonville, Florida;  Tampa, Florida;  Saint Petersburg, Florida;  Orlando, Florida;  Clearwater, Florida;  Gainesville, Florida;  Lakeland, Florida;  Deltona, Florida;  Largo, Florida;  and Daytona Beach, Florida.

Often requested
with this expert:

Plant Pathology, Forensic Agricultural Sciences and Custom...
Soil Science, Crop Nutrition, Nutrient Management
Agronomy, Regulated (GMO) & Regulated Crop/ Seed...
Agronomy, Pest Management, Plant Pathology (Epidemiology...

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1992   Ph.D.   Plant Pathology   University of Florida  
1988   M.S.   Entomology   University of California, Riverside  
1984   B.S.   Entomology   Michigan State University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2012 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 

Agricultural Chemical

 

Commercial Development Manager

 

Expert is responsible for the southeastern U.S. vegetable market for Expert's Firm's soil fumigant DMDS, which is an effective replacement for methyl bromide. He provides technical support to vegetable growers and oversees the commercial development in Florida and southeastern states.

2007 to 2012

 

Abatex

 

Executive

 

Owner/Manager

 

Develop abaca fiber production for an exclusive client (paper company) in Costa Rica. He formed his own company to promote, provide technical assistance, and coordinate all aspects of production and export of this natural fiber for a specific client.

2006 to 2010

 

Tropical Plant Technologies

 

Executive

 

Owner/manager

 

Manage and operate consulting company based in Costa Rica, and serve an important group of global clients in diverse agricultural and forestry projects.

1998 to 2006

 

Dole Fresh Fruit International

 

Agriculture

 

Plantation Disease Manager - Latin America

 

Managed disease control operations and all associated research for Dole's banana plantations worldwide.

1992 to 1998

 

ISK Biosciences

 

Technical

 

Global Technical Manager Banana

 

Commercial development of agriculture chemistry on all tropical crops in Central America and focus on banana business worldwide.

1986 to 1988

 

U.S. Peace Corps

 

Volunteer

 

Volunteer, Honduras

 

Peace Corps volunteer in rural Honduras, focused on pest control practices for a US AID funded farmer cooperative network.

2016 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 

International Business

 

Director R&D

 

Direct research and development for global agricultural company. Provide technical support for existing commercial markets. Explore potential markets worldwide with field trials and economic assessments.


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

Expert has 7 publications in refereed scientific journals


Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert performed a detailed technical and business analysis on Jatropha curcus for the production of biofuel. The project was completed for a global forestry company, and entailed extensive travel throughout Asia and Latin America. The study was completed in less than two months and provided a very sound recommendation for this company not to pursue any further development of this crop.
  • Expert completed an analysis of the most suitable country to develop the abaca crop (Musa textilis) for a global paper company. As a result of the study, the paper company requested that he form the local production and export company for abaca fiber.
  • Expert provided expert testimony on the post harvest damage of imported garlic, substantiating the client's claim that the receiving terminal was negligent in storage temperature control and therefore liable for damages to stored garlic.
  • Expert provided key analysis for a client in a case involving alleged toxicity of a fertilizer and irrigation system in hydroponic green pepper.
  • Expert provided consulting services for a global forestry company, including market research and development in Europe and the U.S for the wood biomass/bioenergy market.
  • Expert determined the precise cause for crop injury and total crop loss of 800 acres of cucumber in Alabama.
  • Expert provided key consulting for the defense on a crop claim involving residual herbicide in a aircraft hopper that allegedly damaged 1200 acres of wheat in Kentucky.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on crop protection, plant disease, pest management.
  • Expert for consulting on Phytosanitary experience in plantation
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Expert has consulted on many cases involving crop injury, agronomy, crop loss, and pesticides.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on crop damage following aerial spraying for litigation.
  • Food refrigeration legal expert for consulting on Garlic Cold Storage.
  • Agronomist expert for consulting on cause of crop damage.
  • Expert for consulting on Powder Post Beetle.
  • Hydroponics expert for consulting on Hydroponic lab.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
2006 to 2012   Costa Rica   Expert performed global agricultural consulting services and was based in Costa Rica. During this time period, he founded developed an agricultural business, managing all aspects of the business.
1992 to 2009   Latin America   Expert has worked in the areas of crop protection and plantation crops in all tropical countries of Latin America, and worked for Dole Fresh Fruit International as the Latin America Banana Disease Manager.
2007 to 2009   Europe and Asia   Expert has performed consulting work for clients in Europe and Asia, and traveled extensively in these regions performing the services of technical and economic analysis of agricultural and forestry projects, as well as market and logistic analysis.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
Spanish   Expert has the fluency of a native Spanish speaker.

Market Research:
Expert understands the crop protection business, agrichemical business, banana business, pineapple business, global agricultural trade and logistics, and global forestry market extremely well. Additionally, the expert has a profound understanding of all aspects of agricultural production and operations including production and post harvest storage. Expert is highly experienced in global agriculture practices.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:
Training/Seminars

Disease control on tropical and temperate crops, pest control practices, spraying equipment and methods, spray drift minimization, crop nutrition, maximizing vegetable crop yield, experimental design, statistical analysis, numerous technical seminars given on a diverse group of topics and audiences.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert worked with global procurement managers in Dole Foods. He was a key decision maker in decisions involving $30 million annual purchases. He has secured supply agreements and contracts with key vendors for his companies. He has analyzed and provided logistical solutions for production, storage, and transport of forest and agricultural products.

Other Skills and Services

Expert is fluent in Spanish, and has traveled extensively in Latin America. Expert is highly experienced in discovering the precise causes of crop injury. Currently, Expert is the Global Director of Research and Development for an agriculture company.


 

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