Sustainable Agriculture Specialist
Southwest Regional Office

Topic Areas: Crops, Organic Crops

Specific Areas of Expertise: Cover crops, niche market ethnic specialty crops, strawberries, sweet potatoes, field systematics (identification), pests, diseases, and bees

Justin Duncan is a Sustainable Agriculture Specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology’s Southwest Regional Office. He has a BS in Agronomy from Prairie View A&M University and an MS in Plant Breeding from Texas A&M University. He’s spent years figuring out the nuts-and-bolts of successful organic farming in the humid South, concentrating mainly on sweet potatoes, strawberries, niche market ethnic specialty crops, cover crops and drought mitigation techniques. He is currently working on cover crop projects in south Texas to help farmers there build organic matter in their soil.

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Agronomy, Prairie View A&M University
Master of Science in Plant Breeding, Texas A&M University

Previous Experience:

Manager, 2005-2013
Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX
Organically managed two greenhouses and 17 acres of research plots.

Graduate Research Assistance, 2004-2007
Cotton Improvement Lab, TAMU, College Station, TX
Ran induced mutagenesis experiments on cotton.

Featured Publications and Presentations:

Farmer Well-Being: A Happy Farmer Is a Productive Farmer

Episode 258. Everything Old is New Again, Exploring Indigenous and Traditional Agriculture Methods, Part 1

Episode 259. Everything Old is New Again, Exploring Indigenous and Traditional Agriculture Methods, Part 2

Cover Crop Options for Hot and Humid Areas

Specialty Melon Production for Small and Direct-Market Growers

Reclaiming Wood

 

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