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Dr. Brian McSpadden Gardener’ career has focused on developing and formulating organic and biologically-based inputs that promote plant growth and health. After receiving his Ph.D. in Botany at Michigan State University, he went to work with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service working on biocontrol of root diseases. He joined The Ohio State University where his interests in organic and sustainable farming led him towards ever more active engagement with the organic farming community in Ohio and beyond. He rose to the rank of Full Professor and Director of the Organic Food, Farming, Education and Research program. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles, invented several new and patented products, and helped launch and grow several start-up bio product companies. Never forgetting the interests of growers, he has authored numerous outreach articles and presented numerous seminars for the organic farming community. He currently serves as Director of Research and Development for Suståne Natural Fertilizer, Inc., a leading manufacturer of organic and natural fertilizers based in Cannon Falls, MN. There he has expanded the company’s products and services to increase plant yields and improve soil quality; profitably, sustainably, and organically. His work with medical Cannabis includes partnering with licensed growers in MI, KY, and CA to develop cost effective fertility managment programs for both indoor and outdoor production. He has presented educational workshops at CannaGrow and the NCIA's Seed to Sale Show on bioproducts and organic fertilizers available for Cannabis production.