Charles Francis


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Dr. Charles (Chuck) Francis is an agronomist concerned about whole-farm and landscape-level issues in agriculture. His B.S. is in agronomy from the University of California, Davis; M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are from Cornell University in plant breeding. His graduate research was in the Philippines and in Colombia, each time with the national maize research programs and involving farmers. He has been director of the International Program for the Rodale Institute in Pennsylvania and director of the Center for Sustainable Agricultural Systems at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). Interested in participatory and experiential education, Dr. Francis teaches at UNL, in a Midwest consortium and in the Norwegian University of Life Sciences.


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