Dryland Organic Agriculture in the PNW:
Meeting Opportunities and Challenges
A special symposium of the 2011 Tilth Producers of Washington Conference
Speaker Bio - Dave Huggins
Dr. Dave Huggins is a Soil Scientist with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Land Management and Water Conservation Unit, in Pullman, WA. He has authored/co-authored 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles and 17 peer-reviewed book chapters with over 100 different scientists. He is an authority on agriculture management impacts on soil organic matter, N use efficiency, and sustainable agricultural systems including no-tillage. He recently co-authored a publication on no-till agriculture for Scientific American. Dr. Huggins received his Ph.D. in soil fertility and plant nutrition from Washington State University in 1991. Prior to joining the USDA-ARS in 1997, Dr. Huggins was an Assistant Professor with the University of Minnesota in the Dept. of Soil, Water, and Climate, where he led investigations on crop rotation, N use efficiency, soil C cycling, organic production systems and tillage practices. Currently, Dr. Huggins helps manage two research farms: the 202-acre USDA-ARS Palouse Conservation Field Station and the 140-acre WSU Cook Agronomy Farm near Pullman WA. These research farms do extensive studies in no-till, precision agriculture, and organic systems. Dr. Huggins is an Ex-Officio Board Member of the Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association and a District Supervisor on the Latah Soil and Water Conservation District Board. He lives with his wife, Dr. Cathy Perillo (a soil physicist) and their son and daughter on a 14 acre ranchette near Viola, ID.