AGRI-TREND Welcomes Senior Agri-Coach Dr. Frank Lichtner to our Growing Network!
Frank received his BSC (Biology) at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA and his PhD (Plant Physiology) at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. He was an Assistant Professor of Weed Science at the University of California, Davis before joining DuPont Crop Protection as a research scientist and manager (in the US and in Europe) of Herbicide Discovery, Formulations, Biological Fate and a Technical Manager with global business teams in Wheat, Barley and Sugar Beets as well as in several new ventures. He left DuPont after 25 years and began a second career in irrigation technologies with drip tape manufacturers (T-Systems International, John Deere Water Technologies) and a small data acquisition and analysis start-up company (Earthtec Solutions) as a Global Research Director, which was funded by an irrigation distributor. He has been an instructor at the UCD Davis Weed School, a member of the CropLife Herbicide Resistance Action Committee, a technical member of the United Fresh Science Board, and their Sustainability Advisory Board. Over the course of his career, he has taught plant physiology techniques at the university level, managed technical groups of up to 70 scientists and technical support personnel, served as a technical member of global business teams in major corporations, and presented technical information to a wide audiences of growers, university researchers, distributors, regulators and business leaders. He has a keen appetite for continual learning and improvement, and has personally benefited greatly by serving the agriculture in a variety of roles.