Iowa Agronomist To Lecture In Starks, Brunswick and Presque Isle About Dangers Of Roundup Herbicide
Dr. Michael McNeill, President of Ag Advisory LTD, in Algona, Iowa, will deliver lectures in Starks, Brunswick and Presque Isle on July 11, 12 & 13 respectively.
Dr. McNeill’s lecture is entitled “Genetically Modified – In the News and On Your Plate.” Through the presentation of extensive peer-reviewed scientific research, explained in a manor understandable to farmers, consumers and lay persons, Dr. McNeill will present a strong cautionary examination of the agronomic and food security problems associated with an overuse of glyphosate, main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide.
Dr McNeill is President of Ag Advisory, an Iowa company that provides agronomic consulting services to farmers. He holds a PhD in Plant Breeding and Statistical Genetics from Iowa State University. His company advises on individual farm plans – organic and conventional – with an emphasis on healthy biological soil management. Dr. McNeill serves as an expert legal witness on livestock and plant diseases. His farm provides contract research capability for agricultural businesses and government on soil fertility, soil tillage, plant disease and insect control. His career includes a position as Research Biologist with the U.S. Army where he studied soybean and corn diseases.
In 2011, Dr McNeill was one of a select group of scientists, including plant pathologist and retired U.S. Army Colonel and germ warfare expert, Dr. Donald Huber, from Purdue University, who traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with U.S. Department of Agriculture officials. There, the scientists expressed grave concern and urged caution based on observations from on-going research which shows serious negative consequences from the overuse of the herbicide Roundup which is extensively used in Monsanto’s Roundup Ready GMO, or human engineered, crops such as corn and soybeans.
"Last winter, I was fortunate to have heard Dr. McNeill deliver this same lecture in Bangor," said Jim Gerritsen, an organic farmer from Wood Prairie Farm in Bridgewater. "His lecture was so powerful and so well-documented, and the content so crucial for our families and to the food security of our country, that we immediately developed plans for bringing Dr. McNeill back to Maine, so that he could speak to additional audiences including here in Aroostook County.”
Dr. McNeill will deliver his lecture to audiences in Starks, Brunswick and Presque Isle. He will speak in Starks on Wednesday July 11 (Maine Alternative Agriculture Assn, 699 Anson Road, 6:00 p.m.); at Bowdoin College in Brunswick on Thursday July 12, (Bowdoin’s Maine Lounge, 7:00 p.m.); and in Presque Isle on Friday, July 13th at the University of Maine Campus Center from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Dr. McNeill’s Presque Isle lecture is being sponsored by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), Maine Alternative Agriculture Association, Wood Prairie Farm Education Fund, and Slow Food Aroostook. Attendance is free and open to the public. All are welcome and invited to attend.
Light refreshments will be served. Everyone who eats or farms should make plans to attend this important, informative and well-documented presentation. Any questions on the event may be directed to Jim Gerritsen at Wood Prairie Farm, 429-9765.