acres of crops and 150 dairy cows, which he ran in partnership with his father from 1971 to1984.
Dr. Micheal Owen, Professor of Agronomy, Iowa State University (see Appendix B)
Mr. Steve Reeves, Vice President, Bank of Fayette County
Mr. Reeves was raised and still lives on a multi-generation cattle farm in Fayette County, Tennessee. After receiving a B.S. in Agriculture from the University of Tennessee, he spent four years managing a local COOP. In 1990, he started to work as an agricultural lender for a local community bank. After completing a Masters in Banking from Louisiana State University, he was recruited by another local community bank, Bank of Fayette County, to start an agriculture program. He is a certified F.S.A. lender and works with farmers on a daily basis. He also serves as a Fayette County Commissioner and sits on several agriculture committees. He is active in church work, serving as a Sunday School teacher and Deacon. He and his wife Jeana of 26 years have two children, Shelby and Grace.
Mr. Ken Root, President, Root Communications
Mr. Root is one of America’s most recognized farm news broadcasters. He has a 35-year history of covering agribusiness news across the United States and around the world. He travelled with U.S. Secretaries of Agriculture to Asia, South America, Europe, and the Middle East. He also accompanied Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey, to China in 2008. Mr. Root has a broad understanding of agricultural markets and has reported extensively on crops and livestock as well as rural economic development programs in Iowa. He was a finalist in the New York Film Festival for a documentary on Russian agriculture and has won two Oscars in Agriculture for producing the outstanding stories of the year in 1983 and 2008. He received the industry’s highest honor by being named Farm Broadcaster of the Year in 2009 by the National Association of Farm Broadcasting.
Dr. Dale Shaner, Plant Physiologist, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service
Dr. Shaner was reared on a farm in west central Illinois. He received a B.S. in Botany from DePauw University in 1970, an M.S. in Plant Ecology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1972, and a Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from the University of Illinois, Urbana, in 1976. Dr. Shaner began his weed science research when he was an assistant professor of Weed Science at the University of California, Riverside, from 1976 to 1979. After leaving Riverside, he managed research in herbicides and agricultural biotechnology at the Agricultural Research Center in Princeton, N.J., for American Cyanamid and then for BASF from 1979 to 2001. He was instrumental in discovering the mechanism of action of the imidazolinones and in developing imidazolinone-resistant crops. In 2001, Dr. Shaner joined the Water Management Unit of USDA-Agricultural Research Service in Fort Collins, Colorado, where he conducts research on weed management under deficit irrigation. He helped establish the intercompany Herbicide Resistance Action Committee (HRAC) and was the chairman of HRAC from 1998 to 2001. Dr. Shaner has been active in herbicide-resistance management for ALS inhibitors (imidazolinones, sulfonylureas, etc.) and glyphosate. He developed a leaf disc assay for early detection of glyphosate resistance and