Organic No-Till Intensive Speakers

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Learn the in's and out's of organic no-till farming with Rodale Institute CEO Jeff Moyer and his team of researchers and farmers on the beautiful Rodale Institute farm in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. 

Jeff Moyer 

Jeff Moyer, CEO of the Rodale Institute, 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 has been on staff at Rodale Institute for over 44 years. He spent over 30 years as Farm Manager/Director, was appointed as Executive Director of the Institute in September 2015, and became CEO in September of 2019. Jeff was project leader on the highly acclaimed Organic No-Till project and is the author of the book on this subject: Organic No-Till Farming – Advancing No-Till Agriculture.

He is a past chair of the National Organic Standards Board and currently sits on the boards of Regenerative Organic Alliance as Board Chair and the Soil Health Institute.  Jeff is a founding board member of Pennsylvania Certified Organic and past Founder and Board Chair of The Seed Farm, a new farmer incubator project.

Dr. Emanuel Omondi

Dr. Emmanuel Omondi manages all research activities of the Farming Systems Trial at the Rodale Institute. He grew up on a farm in Kenya and has been involved in sustainable agriculture work since 1992.

Emmanuel’s expertise is in soil-plant nutrient dynamics as well as evaluating cover crop options, crop spacing, and weed tolerance dynamics to reduce tillage in organic farming. He holds a B.S. in General Agriculture from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Agronomy from the University of Wyoming.

Dr. Andrew Smith

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 at the Rodale Institute. 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. Smith formerly held the position of Research Director for the Vegetable Systems Trial.

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