Below please find detailed information regarding speakers at the upcoming 2017 Expo.
What a wealth of knowledge these speakers will be sharing. Make sure you attend!!
Dr. John Andrae – Clemson University
Dr. John Andrae is a Professor in the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences at Clemson University and the Director of the Simpson Research and Education Center, which oversees campus farms. He also serves as the state forage extension specialist and is responsible for statewide outreach and education associated with pastures, hayfield and silage management.
Mike Bell – Florence Darlington Tech, SC Small Business Development
Mike serves as area manager for the small business development centers of South Carolina and is employed by Winthrop University. Mike graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BS degree in finance and holds an EDFP Certification in financial analysis & economic development. He is a certified facilitator by the Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City. Mike has a strong business background serving in various capacities over the past 25 years. His experience includes starting 4 corporations.
Dr. John P. Chastain, Ph.D. — Professor and Extension Agricultural Engineer, Clemson University
John P. Chastain has been a faculty member at Clemson University since August 1995. Where his extension and research responsibilities include: animal waste collection and storage systems, land application of animal wastes and municipal sludge, alternative uses of waste, bioenergy from waste, odor control from animal production units, planning of animal production systems to protect surface and ground water quality, improving energy efficiency, use of alternative energy, and general livestock facility design.
Carl Coleman — Soil and Water Commissioner
Carl Coleman from Dillon, SC has never wanted to be anything other than a farmer and began his career after leaving high school more years ago than he cares to remember. While making a living was always the first priority for Carl, he also knew that he wanted to pass the land on to his son, Caleb, in better condition than he found it. The first huge step for Carl was to go no-till some 20 years ago and he has been looking for ways ever since to improve his farming operation. Carl became active in the Dillon Soil and Water Conservation District over a decade ago and has been a Soil and Water Commissioner since 2006. In 2010, Carl first heard the NRCS’s Ray Archuleta talk about soil on soil health and that year he planted his first 15 acres of cover crop. There have been many tactical ups and down since then as Carl has had to learn how to manage his land in a new way, but he considers moving to cover crops the most important strategic decision of his farming career since going no-till. Carl has partnered with Dr. Buz Kloot in a number of on-farm research projects including a CIG grant and a crowd-funded wheat fertility experiment and looks forward to pushing the envelope in soil health as he learns to farm with, rather than against natural systems.
Jay Crouch – Clemson University
Jay Crouch is an Area Extension Agent covering agronomic crops for the piedmont region of South Carolina. Jay is a also a certified crop adviser and works out of the Newberry County extension office.
Dr. Matthew Cutulle – Clemson University
Dr. Matthew Cutulle is an assistant professor of vegetable weed science at Clemson University located at the joint Clemson/USDA Charleston vegetable lab. Dr. Cutulle’s research at Clemson is focused on evaluation of chemical, cultural, genetic, and mechanical practices for sustainable weed control in vegetables. Prior to joining Clemson, he was a research and development scientist at Syngenta crop protection. While at Syngenta Dr. Cutulle worked on a team tasked with the development of Bicyclopyrone herbicide for use in vegetable crops. He was also the lead scientist for herbicide volatility, tree crop herbicides, and pinoxaden herbicide projects at Syngenta’s Vero Beach research facility. Dr. Cutulle got his Ph.D. in the department of Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. At Virginia Tech Dr. Cutulle was involved in integrated pest management research across multiple crop systems under the guidance of Dr. Jeff Derr. Dr Cutulle has published 11 peer reviewed papers and presented more than 40 times at scientific meetings, field days, industry field tours, educational short courses and departmental seminars in the fields of weed science, plant pathology, and horticulture.
Martin Eubanks – SC Dept of Ag
Martin L. Eubanks serves as the Assistant Commissioner of Agriculture, Agricultural Services, for the South Carolina Department of Agriculture. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Agronomy.
Martin has served many roles in his 30 years of service with the South Carolina Department of Agriculture. He began his duties as a Marketing Specialist with the peach industry and has worked with all of the fruit and vegetable commodity groups in South Carolina during his tenure. He has also served as the Senior Commodity Merchandiser for the Department where he built strong retail relationships to facilitate volume movement of South Carolina fruit and vegetable commodities through retail and wholesale channels in major markets. Martin was named Assistant Commissioner in August of 2011. Marketing, Fruit and Vegetable Market News, Fruit and Vegetable Inspection, Farmers Markets, and the Agriculture Commission are under his administrative management.
Hollens Free – Clemson University, Edisto REC
Hollens began working at Edisto REC in 2012. He received a B.S. in Ag Mechanization from Clemson University. He is a technician for the OVT (Official Variety Tests) program and the Feed Grain Program.
Dr. Jeremy Greene – Clemson University, Edisto REC
Dr. Greene currently serves Clemson University as Professor of Entomology and Interim Assistant Center Director for the Edisto Research and Education Center. Dr. Greene and his graduate students conduct original research on insects important in cotton and soybeans, and he distributes information to clientele using various methods, such as scientific papers, regular newsletters, presentations, meetings, mobile apps, trainings, insect scouting schools and workshops, seminars, television, radio, and article interviews, etc.
Kevin Hardison – NC Department of Ag
Born in Johnston County, NC and raised on a small farm. He received his diploma from South Johnston High School in 1992. He graduated (Cum Laude) from NCSU in 1996 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Animal Science and again in 1998 with a Master’s of Agricultural and Extension Education. He is currently seeking his MBA with a concentration in Finance at ECU. He is an Agricultural Marketing Specialist and has held that position since 2004. His current responsibilities are Local Foods, Farmers Markets, Direct Marketing Agricultural Fairs and general fruit and vegetable promotional duties.
Dr. Richard Hassell – Clemson University, Professor of Horticulture–State Vegetable Extension Specialist
Dr. Hassell’s appointment is 75% Vegetable Extension Specialist and 25% research in vegetable physiology and cultural practices. As an extension specialist in vegetable crop production, Dr. Hassell has statewide responsibility for interaction with and advising vegetable growers on all aspects of producing marketable vegetable crops. This audience includes farm managers, greenhouse growers, and harvesting crews as well as owners and operators of each type of farm operation. He is also involved in working with the extension staff in teaching and educating extension agents to deal with the above clientele.
Dr. Tony Keinath – Clemson University
Anthony (Tony) P. Keinath, Professor of Plant Pathology at the Clemson Coastal Research and Education Center in Charleston, SC, has 25 years of experience researching, diagnosing, and managing vegetable diseases caused by fungi and other pathogens, including water molds, bacteria, viruses, and root-knot nematodes. His area of expertise is gummy stem blight on cucurbits.
Buz Kloot – University of SC, Research Associate Professor
Buz started his professional life as a chemical engineer and spent 12 years in the mining/mineral processing industry in Namibia, Africa. In 1999, he joined the University of South Carolina and has been involved in various projects related to agriculture and environmental quality. Buz is passionate about working directly with farmers on soil health projects and research and how they can leverage the cover crop to improve crop performance both in terms of yield and savings in inputs. Buz’s passion for soils has moved him into the roles of storytelling through video. His documentary “Under Cover Farmers” and his recent series on the “Science of Soil Health” and “The International year of Soils”, available on line, are examples of his work and passion.
Buz is a research associate professor in the Environmental Health Sciences Department at USC’s Arnold School of Public Health and holds degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, and an MBA and PhD from the University of South Carolina.
Tony Melton – Clemson University, Senior County Extension Agent with Horticulture
Mr. Melton has a B.S. and M.S. in Horticulture – Clemson University. Tony grows a 20-acre vegetable demonstration area at the Pee Dee Research & Education center. (15 acres of regular production and 5 acres of organic production.) Over the past 20 years, Tony has served as panelists on the SC-ETV program Making-it-Grow, written a weekly news article for the Morning News and taught a Master Gardener class.
Bernt Nelson – Clemson University, Ext. Associate, Agribusiness Program Team, Farm Management
Mr. Bernt Nelson is an Extension Associate in Farm and Risk Management joining Clemson Extension in October of 2016. Bernt comes from a farming background and specializes in crop and livestock economics with expertise in marketing and risk management. He has a B.S. in Agricultural Economics and M.S. Agribusiness and Applied Economics, both from North Dakota State University. He is located at the Sandhill REC in Columbia, SC with the Agribusiness Program Team.
Dr. Julie K. Northcutt – Clemson University, Professor, Department of Food, Nutrition and Packaging Sciences, Clemson University
Northcutt has serve as a Professor and Extension Program Team Leader for the Food Safety and Nutrition Extension Team at Clemson University since 2008. Northcutt leads the Extension team, which consist of 38 content-expert educators that cover the State of SC. She has served as an HACCP expert for over 20 years, with HACCP instructor credentials from the International HACCP Alliance and Association of Food and Drug Officials (Seafood). In this capacity, she lead more than 100 different classes on HACCP.
Scott Sell – Clemson University, Edisto REC
Mr. Sell is Coordinator and manager of the Edisto Forage Bull Test based at the Edisto Research Education Center in Blackville. He is also the coordinator and manager of the Edisto Beef Cattle Research Herd.
Dr. Matt Smith — Clemson University Pee Dee Research & Education Center
Dr. Matt Smith is the Director of Clemson University’s Pee Dee Research & Education Center in Florence, SC. He assumed his current role in October of 2013. Prior to coming to Clemson he was a National Program Leader (NPL) for Sustainable Agricultural Systems in the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Office of National Programs (ONP). He served as the lead NPL for ARS research in beneficial use of agricultural and industrial byproducts and sustainable agricultural systems as well as being the agency’s point of contact for organic production, sustainability, and local food systems. Dr. Smith is a Registered Professional Engineer in Georgia.
Dr. Nathan Smith — Clemson University, Professor
Dr. Nathan Smith is a Clemson University Professor of Agribusiness Production in the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. He is located at the Sandhills Research and Education Center in Columbia, SC. where his major responsibilities are production economics and risk management of row crops. He was an Extension Economist for 15 years with the University of Georgia. Dr. Smith was Extension Marketing Specialist for row crops at the University of Arkansas before going to the University of Georgia. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Clemson University, Master of Science degree from Auburn University and PhD from the University of Kentucky, all in agricultural economics.
Dr. Powell Smith – Clemson University, Professor
Dr. Smith graduated from the University of Georgia with a BS in Agriculture, a Masters degree and a Ph.D. in Entomology from Clemson University. In 1988, Smith began working for Clemson Extension Service in Horry, Marion, and Georgetown Counties as an area extension agent in vegetable production and pest management and later moved to Lexington County in the same capacity. After receiving his PhD and working at the Edisto Research and Education Center in Blackville, SC, he returned to Lexington County in October of 2006 as an extension associate to work again in vegetable production and pest management with some statewide responsibilities
Derek Underwood – SC Dept of Ag, Asst. Commissioner Regulatory Division
Mr. Underwood is currently the Assistant Commissioner for the regulatory division of the SC Agriculture Department. He started with the SCDA in 1997 as a Food Safety Officer with jurisdiction of 13 Counties in the midlands and Pee Dee regions of the state. Mr. Underwood serves as Department lead on the State’s Emergency Management Division and has been the SC AG lead since 2002. Mr. Underwood has participated in several tabletop exercises regarding natural disasters, terrorist attacks, radiological ingestion pathways, and other manmade events. During these 14 years, Mr. Underwood has developed knowledge and experience-ensuring foods affected are safe and wholesome. Mr. Underwood also serves as Mayor of the Town of Prosperity, SC. for 15 years.
Dr. Brian Ward – Clemson University, Research Specialist III
Dr. Ward serves as a Research Specialist III and conducts a multitude of both conventional and organic research activities. Dr. Ward’s conventional research involves conducting annual variety trials on cantaloupe, processing tomato, sweet corn and peppers. Dr. Ward is charge of the Organic Research Farm at CREC and is an organic specialist in crop rotations that benefit soils, grains and vegetables. There is wide variety of audiences of Dr. Ward’s research including extension, growers, industry and students at the high school, collegiate and beginner grower levels.
Brian Wheat, Director of Sustainable Agriculture Lowcountry Local First, began as the Growing New Farmers Program Manager in July of 2015. Since that time, serving as trainer and facilitator he has helped the educate and graduate aspiring farmers, apprentices, and food system leaders in to the Lowcountry while expanding the capacity and efficacy of the program. Brian has also served as a continuing education instructor through Trident Technical College, in Charleston, SC, focusing on composting. Wheat was raised in agriculture in Western New York, later studied Botany at SUNY Oswego and The University of Tasmania, received his Ed.M. at the University of Buffalo, New York, and served as a leadership team member of the Minnesota Schoolyard Garden Coalition while teaching biology and food science in Minneapolis, MN.
Dr. Scott Whiteside – Clemson University, Associate Professor
Dr. Whiteside is an Associate Director – Center for Flexible Packaging. Whiteside’s responsibilities include thermal process development, food processing, food packaging, shelf life studies, and food safety. Whiteside conducts food industry training/workshops and is recognized by FDA & USDA Process Authority for LACF, Acid, and Acidified foods.