The project, Performance and Adoptability of Biodegradable Plastic Mulch for Sustainable Specialty Crop Production, benefits for participation of advisors and collaborators.


 Scientific Advisors

​Lisa DeVetter ​Horticulturist; Extension expert ​Washington State University, NWREC
Jay Gulledge ​Soil and climate scientist; Government polcy expert ​Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Climate Change Science Institute
​Rich Koenig ​Soil scientist; Extension expert ​Associate Dean and Director, Washington State University Extension
​Wesley Kline ​Horticulturist; Outreach expert ​Cooperative Extension of Cumberland County, Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
​Douglas Jackson-Smith ​Sociologist; Trans-disciplinary teams expert ​College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, The Ohio State University
​Ramani Narayan ​Polymer scientist; Materials standards expert Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Michigan State University
​Monica Ozores-Hampton ​Horticulturist; Extension expert ​University of Florida, Southwest Florida Research & Education Center
​Nicholas Piggot ​Economist; Extension expert Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, North Carolina State University
​Elsa Sanchez ​Extension expert Department of Plant Science, Pennsylvania State University


 Stakeholder and Industry Advisors 

​Mark Amara ​Grower ​Moses Lake, WA
​Jerry Bartlett ​Composter ​Cedar Grove Composting, Inc., Maple Valley, WA
​Lisa J. Bunin ​Organic food policy ​Center for Food Safety, San Francisco, CA
​Mike Gallagher ​Mulch manufacturer ​Sunshine Paper Company, Aurora, CO
​Robert Green ​Bioplastics manufacturer NatureWorks LLC, Cary, NC
​Andrew Holt ​Grower; State representative ​Nashville, TN
​Randy Honcoop ​Grower ​Lynden, WA
​Dan Martens ​Bioplastics manufacturer ​Novamont North America, Inc., Danbury, CT
​Dick Mathes ​Mulch manufacturer Custom BioPlastics, Mount Vernon, WA
​George McDonald ​Grower ​Catesa Farms, Riddleton, TN
Dave Williams ​Mulch manufaturer ​BioBag Americas, Dunedin, FL
​Eric Sideman ​Crop specialist ​Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
​Ruth Watts ​Bioplastics manufacturer, Business development ​BASF Corporation



​Techmer PM

​Polymer modifier/additive company and partner in the public/private U.S. Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation. Techmer is providing assistance with compounding the polylactic acid (PLA) and polyhydroxyalkonoate (PHA) compounds for the experimental mulch.