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41st Annual Meeting Speaker Presentations

Fellows Our 2012 Keynote speaker, Chris Beytes, Editor of GrowerTalks and Green Profit magazine and contributing editor of FloraCulture International, published in the Netherlands. He’s also the author of the weekly news and commentary e-mail Acres Online, which reaches almost 20,000 floriculture professionals around the world. He has 29 years experience in the floriculture industry, including 19 years with Ball Publishing. He holds a journalism degree from the University of Florida and a minor in ornamental horticulture, and for nine years ran his own wholesale greenhouse business in central Florida. Chris travels extensively in North America and around the world, reporting on the latest in greenhouse and garden center trends, innovations and ideas.

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FellowsDavid T. Crow
David Crow founded DCLRS in 1991 and built a talented team specializing in policy areas including agriculture, climate, energy, international, labor/immigration, pesticides, fertilizers, small business, transportation and infrastructure, and water policy. David developed a wide range of contacts and knowledge working for Rep. Tom Coleman (R-MO), Secretary of Agriculture Jack Block, the Fertilizer Institute, the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives and the Jefferson Group. He also speaks to a wide range of industry audiences. He continues to be deeply engaged in the political process on issue areas that impact our members. David also worked on several presidential and congressional campaigns in order to connect to the political process.

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FellowsRussell V. Davis
In 1996 After 20 years in the telecom industry, Russ began experimenting with yard debris recycling for a few years outside Portland and began recycling and composting at Threemile Canyon Farm, a massive dairy complex in eastern Oregon. Over a decade later, Organix has since processed billions of pounds of dairy residuals in Yakima County, Washington. The Company sells its branded compost, PowerPlant, regionally to over 100 wholesale clients making it the largest dairy based composting company in the northwest. Organix has nineteen large dairy clients in the region and works continually with regional milk producers on finding creative ways to solve waste and nutrient challenges. In 2006, Russ began developing a peat alternative called RePeet from anaerobically digested dairy manure that has resulted in a patented process called FibeRite. Most recently, he has invented a system that both anaerobically digests and aerobically composts dairy manure in the same system. Organix projects have been featured in BioCycle, the Oregonian, the Portland Business Journal, the Sustainable Industries Journal, Waste News, the Capital Press, Digger Magazine, Yakima County Herald, and the East Oregonian.

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Fellows David Beaudreau
David Beaudreau, Jr., joined DCLRS in March of 2009. David represents a number of a clients on agricultural and energy issues, including the Wood Fiber Coalition, of which the Mulch and Soil Council is a member. The primary goal of the Wood Fiber Coalition is to protect access to renewable/ woody biomass for the coalition member companies.

Before joining DCLRS, David worked on the Obama-Biden Campaign for Change in Stark County, Ohio from July 2008 through the election. He was instrumental in organizing volunteer teams that called over 20,000 people and canvassed over 6,600 houses. Prior to his work on the campaign, for three years, David worked as a Legislative Assistant in the government relations firm of Morgan Meguire, LLC where he handled a variety of energy and environmental legislation. Previously, David interned in the Congressional office of then-Congressman Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and was a volunteer in the Kerry/Edwards Campaign Headquarters in Kent, Ohio during the fall of 2004. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, David earned a B.A. in Political Science from Allegheny College, in Meadville, Pennsylvania. David also has an M.P.S. in Political Management from George Washington University.

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FellowsDarrel Penn
Darrel Penn has been the Manager of Business Development for the Atlanta office of C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., since February 2006. Mr. Penn joined C. H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. in October of 1997. After beginning his career as a transportation sales representative, he has held various roles including leadership positions in Southeast regional operations and customer service. From November of 2004 until February of 2006 Mr. Penn served as an on-site resource imbedded into the operations of a Fortune 500 consumer products manufacturing client. Mr. Penn earned his Bachelor of Science in Management from the Scheller College of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta GA.

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FellowsJosiah Hunt
After graduating from University of Hawaii at Hilo in 2004 with a degree in Agroecology and Environmental Quality, Josiah Hunt began a landscape/farmscape business by the name of Landscape Ecology. Then in 2008, his work with biochar began, first as Landscape Ecology then, in 2011 under the new title of Hawaii Biochar Products LLC. In 2010 he began an organic papaya trial that has proven to be a very educational and even semi-successful experience. The work with biochar has far surpassed any other work in his life, since 2008 it has been the primary focus of his career and has proven to be a very exciting choice.

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FellowsDr. Robert Abt
Bob Abt is a professor of Forestry in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. His research specialties are regional timber supply modeling, economics of agroforestry and econometric applications in forestry. Bob has been monitoring and modeling the impact of biofuels and pellet production on forest resources management and will address the current and future consumption of resources for bioenergy programs in the U.S.

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FellowsDr. Bill Fonteno
Dr. William (Bill) Fonteno is an award winning researcher and teacher at North Carolina State University. He is the Director of the Horticultural Substrates Laboratory at NCSU. He has worked on soils and mulch related problems in over 20 countries for 36 years. Bill serves as the Technical Advisor for the Mulch and Soil Council and is the Director of the Certification Program for the MSC.

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