of soil biological activity for enhancement of nutrient flow. Ongoing research includes the contribution of cover crops to soil biological activity and to nutrient flow. He was director of the Research Center at Rodale and subsequently director of the Asian Program at Winrock International prior to his arrival at Michigan State University. Dr. Harwood held the C.S. Mott Chair for Sustainable Agriculture position at Michigan State University from 1990 to 2003. He provided leadership in research, teaching, and extension of sustainable agricultural systems for Michigan’s agriculture. He brought national and international perspectives to Michigan from his service on the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Board on Sustainable Development (National Research Council), on the Technical Advisory Committee of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, and as former chair of the Board of Management of the Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility Programme. Dr. Harwood has a PhD in horticulture from Michigan State University.


Sandra S. Batie is Elton R. Smith Professor in Food and Agricultural Policy at Michigan State University (MSU), and she conducts research on food, agricultural, and environmental policy issues at the state, federal, and international level. Prior to joining MSU in 1993, she had been on the faculty of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University since 1973. She has actively served on commissions and boards that are related to her expertise, including the National Academy of Sciences Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources; the Academy’s Center for Central Europe and Eurasia Affairs; and the Office of Technology Assessment. She is a trustee of Winrock International and was a trustee of the International Rice Research Institute. She is past president of the American Agricultural Economics Association as well as of the Southern Agricultural Economics Association. She is a Fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association. She teaches a graduate course in environmental economics and conducts extension programming on food, agricultural, and environmental policies. Dr. Batie received her MS and PhD from Oregon State University.


Dale Bucks is president of Bucks Natural Resources Management. In his 36 years of service to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Dr. Bucks was both a highly regarded scientist and an exceptional leader. He was one of the first agricultural scientists to conduct drip (micro) irrigation research, provide innovative solutions to clogging problems that plagued drip irrigation systems, demonstrate the feasibility of continuous cropping systems using subsurface drip irrigation, improve methods for conducting research on crop water requirements and irrigation scheduling, and revitalize guayule research efforts. He led research studies to develop technologies and salinity control methods for the Colorado River Salinity Control Project. He also led a team of scientists who conducted original research on quantifying the effects of spatial and temporal variability of irrigation water applications on crop yields. He was the national program leader for Water Quality and Management in Maryland for 18 years (1988–2006), where he provided program planning and direction to more than 250 scientists throughout the nation. He was a coleader of the Management Systems Evaluation Area and Conservation Effects Assessment Project for ARS that has resulted in increased efforts in agricultural systems research. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, and he was the recipient of the “Distinguished Engineer Award” from South Dakota State University in 1997. He authored or co-authored more than 150 scientific publications while he was a research scientist in Arizona for 18 years (1970–1988). He received his PhD from the University of Arizona in soil and water science.


Cornelia Flora is director of the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development and Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Sociology



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