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Keynote Speakers

2004 Seventh Annual Northwest Direct Seed
Cropping Systems Conference and Trade Show

Click here for a complete list of conference speakers/profiles (pdf).

R. James Cook

R. James Cook is the Interim Dean of the College of Agriculture and Home Economics at Washington State University. As a research plant pathologist with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service at Pullman, in 1988, Cook led the team of researchers who made the first field test of a genetically modified organism in the Pacific Northwest—a microorganism for control of root disease in wheat. Elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1993, Cook has held the Endowed Chair in Wheat Research at WSU for 5 years. For the past 10 years he has worked to integrate science and policy on biotechnology applied to food and agriculture. He served on the USDA Advisory Committee on Agricultural Biotechnology. He chaired an international working group, producing a report on Safety Considerations for Biotechnology, and has published on biotechnology issues through international and U.S. academies of science. Cook received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from North Dakota State University, and a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley in 1961.

Francis J. Pierce

Francis J. Pierce is the Director of the Center for Precision Agricultural Systems at Washington State University located at the WSU Prosser Irrigated Agriculture Research & Extension Center (IAREC). The Center was funded by the Washington Legislature as part of the University’s Advanced Technology Initiative in 1999. As Center Director, Pierce has the mission to advance the science and practice of precision agriculture in Washington. The Center’s efforts support the competitive production of Washington’s agricultural commodities, stimulate the state’s economic development, and protect the region’s environmental and natural resources. Pierce received his Ph.D. in Soil Science from the University of Minnesota in 1984. His expertise is in soil management. He has been involved in the development and evaluation of precision agriculture since 1991, coming to WSU from Michigan State University.



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