Agronomy Expert Witnesses

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Agronomy expert witnesses specialize in a variety of fields, including crop production, soil science, plant genetics, agricultural biotechnology, and sustainable agriculture. Some of the most common specialties among agronomy expert witnesses also include precision agriculture, weed science, agroecology, and crop nutrition. They have provided opinions on the effects of pesticide use, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), soil erosion, the impact of climate change on agriculture, and crop yield losses.

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Reid J. Smeda, PhDView profile

ID: 85288

Dr. Reid J. Smeda, PhD

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Dr. Reid J. Smeda has over 35 years of experience in the field of Weed Science. He earned his BS in Crop and Soil Sciences and his MS in Horticulture from Michigan State University, followed by a Ph.D. in Horticulture from Purdue University. Formerly this expert served as a Plant Physiologist for the USDA Agricultural Research Service and as an Associate Professor and the Director for...

Economics of Precision Farming Technology Expert Witness | KansasView profile


Economics of Precision Farming Technology Expert Witness | Kansas

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This highly qualified precision agriculture expert earned his BS in Agronomy and MS in Agricultural Economics at the University of Arkansas and PhD in Agricultural Economics at Purdue University. He has received several awards through his career and is a frequently invited guest speaker at major precision agriculture conferences. This expert is a member of several professional organizations...

Kenneth Emil Anderson, PhDView profile

ID: 295451

Dr. Kenneth Emil Anderson, PhD

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North Carolina

Dr. Kenneth E. Anderson has 40 years of experience in Agriculture and Life Sciences. He earned his BS in Animal and Agriculture Industries from Southern Illinois University, his MS in Poultry Production and Management from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, and his PhD in Poultry Production and Management from Kansas State University. Formerly, this expert served as an Associate Faculty...

Compost Testing Expert Witness | KansasView profile


Compost Testing Expert Witness | Kansas

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This pedologist has studied agronomy for 17+ years, earning a B.S., an M.S., and a Ph.D. in the science and technology of plants. She currently works as an Associate Professor in the Department of Agronomy at a public university in Kansas. The expert is a Certified Professional Soil Scientist and a Member of the American Society of Agronomy, the Soil Science Society of America, and the...

Nevin Craig Lawrence, PhDView profile

ID: 6541797

Dr. Nevin Craig Lawrence, PhD

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Dr. Nevin C. Lawrence has over a decade of experience in Agricultural Science, specializing in Weed Control and Herbicide Resistance. He earned both his B.S. in Agroecology and his M.S. in Agronomy from the University of Wyoming. He then went on to complete his Ph.D. in Crop Science from Washington State University. Formerly, he was a Graduate Research Assistant at Washington State University and...

Agronomy Expert Witness | UtahView profile


Agronomy Expert Witness | Utah

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This well-credentialed expert is Professor Emeritusof Soil and Crop Sciences at a public research university in Colorado, where he has held the title of Professor for over 20 years. He received his BS in Agronomy from Brigham Young University, his MS in Agronomy from Oklahoma State University, and his PhD in Crop Science from Oregon State University. The expert has presented at over 100...


Andrew John Margenot, PhDView profile

ID: 6841882

Dr. Andrew John Margenot, PhD

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Dr. Andrew J. Margenot has 7 years of experience in Soil Sciences and Biogeochemistry. He earned his BA in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Philosophy from Connecticut College, and his Ph.D. in Soils and Biogeochemistry from the University of California, Davis. Formerly, this expert served as an Affiliate Graduate Faculty in the Department of Horticulture at Texas A&M University. Currently,...

Lindsey PurcellView profile

ID: 19648

Mr. Lindsey Purcell

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This highly qualified arborist has over 25 years of experience. He earned an AS from Vincennes University, a BS from Purdue University, and an MEd from Indiana State University. He is certified as a registered consulting arborist, a master arborist, and a TRAQ instructor. In addition, this expert is a member of numerous professional associations including the international society of...

Russell CarlsonView profile

ID: 28766

Mr. Russell Carlson

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This highly qualified expert has over forty years of experience in the field of agriculture, specializing in arboriculture. He earned an AB in forestry from Paul Smiths College before completing his BS in resource management at the State University of New York. Currently, this expert is a certified arborist in the states of Pennsylvania and Deleware, as well as a certified master arborist by the...

Clifton ParkerView profile

ID: 34700

Mr. Clifton Parker

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North Carolina

This highly qualified expert has over 30 years of experience in federal crop insurance. He earned his BS in food science at North Carolina State University and is certified as a food technologist through the US Department of Agriculture where he has taken extensive training courses for this industry. Formerly, he served as the staff assistant to the deputy administrator at the Federal Crop...

Raymond RileyView profile

ID: 35062

Dr. Raymond Riley

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This expert has over 35 years of experience in plant science, with a focus on seed technology field trials and R&D. This expert has extensive experience in both hands-on research, as well as oversight roles in field and laboratory settings working on seed technology. In his most recent role as senior VP of product development, a key focus was to deepen the understanding of plant microbial...

Thomas WalshView profile

ID: 37884

Mr. Thomas Walsh

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New York

This expert has 45 years of experience in arboriculture and received his AS from Paul Smiths College. He is a certified ISA arborist and tree risk assessor and a member of the American Society of Consulting Arborists, International Society of Arboriculture, Tree Care Industry Association, and the New York State Arborist Association. He has held multiple roles over the course of his career as a...

Mike BonavitacolaView profile

ID: 38261

Mr. Mike Bonavitacola

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New York

Located in New York, this expert has over 50 years of experience as an arboriculturist. He is a certified ISA arborist and ISA tree risk assessor. Currently, this expert is the owner of an arborist and landscaping company in New York that he started about 50 years ago.

Ray HinnantView profile

ID: 40719

Mr. Ray Hinnant

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This expert earned his BS in range management from Texas Tech University and his MS in range science from Texas A&M University. He is a certified lead instructor and was a certified insured prescribed burn manager for 5 years, he is also a member of the Texas Prescribed Burning Board. He has formally held positions as a technician for the department of range science at both Texas Tech Univesity...

Robert StwalleyView profile

ID: 42544

Dr. Robert Stwalley

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This expert has over 35 years of experience in the field of agricultural engineering. He earned his BS in agricultural and biological engineering and his MS and PhD in mechanical engineering from Purdue University. He is a licensed professional engineer in Georgia, Indiana and Illinois and is a member of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. He previously served as the...

Andrey SkotnikovView profile

ID: 45477

Dr. Andrey Skotnikov

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This international technology expert has hands-on experience in all aspects of agriculture, including crop production, equipment design, R&D, teaching, manufacturing, and marketing. He has four advanced degrees in business/engineering, including a Ph.D. in the Automation of Technological Processes from the National University of Life and Environmental Science of Ukraine. He has authored 70+...

Agronomy Expert Witness FAQs

What is the role of an agronomy expert witness in legal proceedings?

An agronomy expert witness provides specialized knowledge on crop production, soil management, and sustainable agriculture practices. They can offer insights on disputes related to agricultural operations, land use, and environmental impact.

In what types of cases might I need an agronomy expert witness?

Agronomy experts are often needed in cases involving crop damage, pesticide misuse, soil contamination, farming accidents, or disputes over agricultural practices and land use.

What subspecialties exist within the field of agronomy that an expert witness might focus on?

Subspecialties in agronomy include soil science, plant genetics, crop physiology, agroecology, and precision agriculture. The specific expertise required will depend on the nature of your case.

How can an agronomy expert witness assist in a case involving pesticide misuse?

An agronomy expert can analyze the type and application of pesticides used, assess their impact on crops and soil health, and determine if industry standards were followed.

Can an agronomy expert witness help in a dispute over organic farming practices?

Yes. An agronomist with expertise in organic farming can evaluate compliance with organic standards, assess crop health, and provide insight into best practices for organic cultivation.

How does Expert Institute select its Agronomy expert witnesses?

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