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Brandon Smith
Former Assistant Professor, Organic & Alternative Crop Production,
Plant Sciences

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith was a Research Assistant Professor of Organic and Alternative Crop Production at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville from 2006 to 2008.  He played an integral role in establishing and beginning the transition of the UT Organic Crops Unit, the 21-acre research farm, to certified organic production.  Brandon’s research at the University of Tennessee focused on cover crop management, conservation farming, and season extension.  He was involved with reduced-till/no-till vegetable and agronomic crop production, and developed a passion for using cover crops to improve soil fertility, enhance beneficial insect populations, and manage weeds.

Brandon earned a Bachelors of Science in Horticulture & Agronomy from the University of New Hampshire in 1997.  As an undergraduate student, he also worked at the UNH Woodman Horticultural farm where he helped maintain fruit and vegetable plots for both field and high tunnel production research. Brandon also earned a Masters of Science in Plant Biology from the University of New Hampshire.  His thesis focused on pH management and micronutrient nutrition of container-grown greenhouse crops. Brandon left NH in 2002 to begin a Ph.D. at Cornell University.  His dissertation research dealt with the impact of soil pH and iron deficiency on chlorosis, photosynthesis, and the antioxidant system of ‘Concord’ grapevines. 

Brandon is currently a Conservation Agronomist with the NRCS in Durham, NH.