Shaun A. Francis joins UAPB as research horticulturist

Will Hehemann School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences

Shaun Francis 2015Shaun A. Francis has been appointed research horticulturist for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences (SAFHS). In this position he will work with small and limited-resource farmers in the state on a variety of vegetable and fruit topics, with an emphasis on growing sweet potatoes.

Francis will develop strategies to help local farmers market their produce and maintain an active research project to support Extension efforts. He will plan, organize and implement Extension and research programs and facilitate youth development programs.

“We are pleased to welcome Shaun Francis to SAFHS,” Dr. Edmund R. Buckner, interim dean/director of the UAPB School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences, said. “His knowledge of horticulture will be a valuable asset to farmers and youth in our community.”

Prior to this position, Francis was a graduate research assistant for the horticulture department at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where he evaluated conservation tillage as a climate change adaption strategy in vegetable production. From 2011 to 2013, he conducted graduate research on insect control in sweet potato production at UAPB.

Francis has a master’s degree in agricultural regulations from UAPB and a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of Guyana.

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