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Crop Ecologist Dr Richard Smith discusses farming systems


 

In this podcast, Jessica Strauss chats with Dr Richard Smith, who is an Associate Professor of Cropping Systems Ecology and Management at the University of New Hampshire and currently on sabbatical leave at AHRI.

Dr Smith’s research addresses the roles that ecologically-informed management and crop plant diversity play in promoting species interactions that benefit agriculture and weed management.

In addition to his research and teaching responsibilities, Dr Smith is also an Associate Editor for the journals Weed Research and Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems.

Jessica talks to Richard about his work and also finds out about some of the core differences between farming in Australia and New Hampshire, where Richard is based.

 

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