Butch Alpe
Ag Chemical & Regulatory Issues Expert
For sixteen years, Mr. Alpe was an Agriculture Chemical Sales Representative for American Cyanamid Company in North Mississippi. For the next twelve years, he was employed with the Mississippi Department of Agriculture & Commerce, Bureau of Plant Industry, serving the last three years as Director. The Bureau of Plant Industry regulates feed, seed, pesticide, fertilizer, lime, pest control companies and the registration of pesticides. Currently, Mr. Alpe is an Education and Regulatory Relations Manager with Jimmy Sanders, Inc., handling regulatory affairs at various locations, as well as the recruitment of summer interns.

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    Dr. David Roberts
Agronomic Expert
Dr. Roberts has twenty-three years of experience as an Agricultural Agent at Mississippi State University, working in Panola, Quitman, Grenada and Monroe Counties. During his tenure he served three years as Regional Agronomist for Paymaster Cottonseed, twelve years as Technical Service Agronomist at Delta and Pine Land Company, and four years as Technical Service Agronomist at Monsanto. Dr. Roberts is currently providing agronomic consulting to Jimmy Sanders, Inc. Dr. Roberts specializes in crop areas of wheat, corn, soybeans, cotton, peanuts and grain sorghum, as well as crop insects and diseases. He is also somewhat versed in rice crops and vegetable production.

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    W.R. "Bob" Thompson, Jr., Ph.D.
Soil Fertiliy Expert
Presently serving as a fertility consultant to Jimmy Sanders, Inc., Dr. Thompson is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy. Dr. Thompson retired from the Potash and Phosphate Institute where he spent twenty-nine years as Mid-south Director, with responsibility for PPI research and educational programs in Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas. He also served as Vice President of the Foundation for Agronomic Research (FAR) for six years. After retirement from PPI, for eight years, he worked for Mississippi Chemical Corporation as Manager, Agronomic Services.

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