CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI/ KENTLAND, INDIANA (February 15, 2013) — AgVenture Mid-South has hired Eric Howard to serve farmers in southeast Arkansas as an AgVenture Yields Specialist. The Monticello native is no stranger to area farmers having served the past five years as Southeast Arkansas’ Research Entomology Associate and prior to that as Jefferson County Agricultural Extension Agent.
AgVenture Mid-South CEO, Terry Dulaney said, “Eric truly knows this region – its farmers, its growing environments and its pests. With a specialization in entomology, Eric brings us professional experience in educating and consulting and expertise in agricultural pest management and entomology. We are confident in his ability to put our AgVenture® brand products to work. He is a very valuable asset to our company and to the Arkansas Delta farmers he serves.”
Dulaney added, “All of our specialists provide professional, one-on-one support to their customers. We work hard to assure that each of our team members is superbly prepared and equipped to bring the latest seed genetics and technologies to the field. They also provide timely tools and techniques that support customers’ yields, fields, and profitability all year long and from year to year. It’s a unique approach that has impact and generates positive results. We are committed to delivering those products and our professional support to every customer.”
Howard said, “Corn and soybeans continue to gain importance as Mid-South cash crops. Drought persists in the Plains and many farmers are shifting to corn and soybeans. Farmers in this region are exceptionally sharp. They know what it takes to raise crops well. I want to make sure each customer gets the right seed genetics and technologies, along with the support they need to advance their goals effectively. Working together, we’ll make it happen.”
Howard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from University of Arkansas, Monticello and a Master of Science degree in agricultural pest management from University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He is a member of the Entomological Society of America and the Arkansas Crop Protection Association. He holds a restricted use pesticide applicators license and has a practical knowledge and working expertise of spraying systems. He and his wife, Candace, have a young daughter and are expecting her sister’s arrival this summer. They reside in Monticello.