Paul brings to the table...
As New Farm Research and Training Manager at The Rodale
Institute, Dr. Paul Hepperly has been a regular contributor
to NewFarm.org for some time, providing research updates,
op-ed pieces, and white papers on topics like carbon
sequestration in organic farming systems.
None of those venues do full justice to the range of
Paul's experience, however. Paul grew up on a family
farm in Illinois and holds a Ph.D. in plant pathology,
an M.S. in agronomy and a B.S. in psychology from the
University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He has worked
for the USDA Agricultural Research Service, in academia,
and for a number of private seed companies, including
Asgrow, Pioneer, and DeKalb. He has overseen research
in Hawaii, Iowa, Puerto Rico, and Chile, and investigated
such diverse crops as soybeans, corn, sorghum, sunflowers,
ginger, and papaya. He has witnessed the move toward
biotech among the traditional plant breeding community
and the move toward organics among new wave of upcoming
young farmers. Before coming to the Rodale Institute
Paul worked with hill farmers in India to help them
overcome problems with ginger root rot in collaboration
with Winrock International.