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Our team members love to share their knowledge on all things organic—whether it’s our first rate scientific research, farming practices, the organic standards, home gardening or how and why it’s vital that we live an authentic, organic life. Host a Rodale Institute speaker at your next event and help create a massive awakening!

For more information contact:
Louise DeVall
E: louise.devall@rodaleinstitute.org
P: 610-683-1447

SPEAKER BIOS

Jeff Moyer, Executive Director
Jeff Moyer is a world renowned authority in organic agriculture. His expertise includes organic crop production systems with a focus on weed management, cover crops, crop rotations, equipment modification and use, and facilities design. Jeff is perhaps most well-known for conceptualizing and popularizing the No Till Roller Crimper for use in organic agriculture. In 2011, he wrote Organic No-Till Farming, a publication that has become a resource for farmers throughout the world.

Jeff brings a farmer's perspective and approach to issues in organic agriculture. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of The Seed Farm, and is a board member of the Soil Health Institute, PA Farm Link, and IFOAM North America. He is a past chair of the National Organic Standards Board and a founding board member of Pennsylvania Certified Organic.

Jeff was named Executive Director of Rodale Institute in September 2015 after spending the last four decades at the Institute. He is credited with helping countless farmers make the transition from conventional, chemical-based farming to organic methods.

Topic specialties:
Organic Solutions to a Broken Food System
Transition from Conventional Ag Production to a Certified Organic Approach
Organic No-till: Blending the best of both worlds
Soil Health: The promise for tomorrow

Andrew Smith1 Dr. Andrew Smith, Chief Scientist
Dr. Andrew Smith is responsible for administrating, facilitating and implementing research activities as well as leading and expanding the Research team’s impact on a global stage. Smith earned a Bachelor of Science in agronomy at Cornell University and a Master of Science in entomology at the University of Maryland. After two years in the Peace Corp assisting a cooperative of small-scale vegetable farmers in Guatemala and ten years farming organically in Pennsylvania, Smith attended Drexel University in Philadelphia, where he earned his Ph.D. in environmental science with a concentration in molecular and population ecology.
Dr. Gladis Zinati, Associate Research Scientist & Director of Vegetable Systems Trial
Dr. Gladis Zinati conducts basic and applied research in compost formulations, carbon sequestration, soil fertility and pest management to improve organic crop production and quality. She has undergraduate degrees in General Agriculture and Agriculture Engineering, MSc. degree in Horticulture from the American University of Beirut, and Ph.D. in Soil Fertility from Michigan State University. She formerly worked as an Extension Specialist in Nursery Crops for Rutgers University in NJ.
Emmanuel Omondi Dr. Emmanuel Omondi, Associate Research Scientist & Director for Farming Systems Trial
Dr. Omondi grew up on a farm in Kenya and has been involved in sustainable agriculture work since 1992. He has 15 years’ experience as Executive Director for a sustainable agriculture Associate Degree equivalent training institution in Kenya, as well as four years as Research Associate and Project Manager for a USAID funded, University of Wyoming-led, conservation agriculture research project in East Africa. He holds a BS degree in General Agriculture from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and MS and Ph.D. degrees in Agronomy from the University of Wyoming.

Rick Carr, Compost Production Specialist
Rick Carr has been studying the science and utilization of compost, vermicompost and liquid extracts in both the laboratory and field since 2008. Rick earned a Master of Science degree in Plant Pathology from Cornell University in 2012 and, under the advisement of Dr. Eric Nelson, conducted research on understanding the mechanisms associated with vermicompost-mediated disease suppression. His research has contributed to understanding biologically-based disease suppression as well as new information on Pythium aphanidermatum development and pathogenicity. Rick became a Master Composter of Tompkins County, NY in 2008 and spent a year after his graduate studies working and studying on a large certified organic farm in Argentina where he developed a new perspective on how laboratory studies translate to on-farm research and application.

Topic specialties:
Composting
Vermicomposting
Liquid compost extracts
Plant pathology
Soil-borne plant diseases

Ross Duffield, Farm Manager
Ross came to the Rodale Institute in 2013 with more than twenty years of farming experience. He grew up on a dairy farm in North East Pennsylvania where, at an early age, he learned the value and importance of animal care and pasture management. After attending Kutztown University and working as a school teacher for several years, Ross realized his true passion lay in organic agriculture. This path led back to farming and, eventually, to the Rodale Institute where he serves as Farm Manager.

At Rodale Institute, Ross is responsible for field maintenance including planting and seeding, maintaining the farm equipment necessary to work the fields, and expanding the livestock operations, particularly the vertical integration of the poultry and hog operations into crop rotations. In this unique position, he utilizes his teaching background and skills in sharing his his farming expertise with aspiring and transitioning farmers.

Topic specialties:
Livestock
Poultry production
Organic Hog production

Maggie Saska, Plant Production Specialist
Maggie’s professional background includes over 15 years of experience in commercial production, university research, and education. She came to Rodale Institute after most recently serving as Farm Manager of the Community Farm of Simsbury, an Incubator Farmer Program for emerging farmers. Maggie has a bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from University of Connecticut and a master’s degree in Plant Science from University of Connecticut. She has published several articles and in 2013 received an award from the USDA/Natural Resource and Conservation Service for “Women Inspiring Conservation in Connecticut.” At Rodale Institute, Maggie oversees all horticulture including greenhouse operations, gardens as well as propagation of plants for wholesale, commercial and research use.

Topic specialties:
Plant Production
Greenhouse operations

Because Rodale Institute is a non-profit, we kindly request coverage of
travel expenses and an honorarium for each speaking engagement.
Please call 610-683-1447 for more details.