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Dr. Howard Brown
Dr. Brown is currently the Manager of Agronomic Information and Environmental Stewardship for Illini FS. Illini FS provides farm inputs and agronomic services for Champaign, Clark, Douglas, Edgar and Vermilion Counties in east-central Illinois. Dr. Brown promotes nutrient stewardship among Illini FS, producers and farm organizations by providing a new approach to nutrient management fondly called a “Focus on MOM” and works with environmental groups to demonstrate agriculture’s commitment to resource stewardship.
He has served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois for the past 18 years instructing courses, such as Soil Fertility in Cropping Systems and Nutrient Management and Environmental Stewardship in the Off-Campus Master Degree Program. Dr. Brown is a Past Chair of the International Certified Crop Adviser Board and serves on many other advisory groups and committees involved in agriculture production and nutrient stewardship.
Patrick McConkey is currently the Precision Farming Specialist for Illini FS. He works with the agronomy sales team to provide customers with their variable rate prescription and data management needs. He also works with Dr. Brown in promoting nutrient stewardship and working with our N-Tracker tools.