Ralph is currently the North American manager for product stewardship and sustainability with Bayer CropScience. In this role he is responsible for the oversight of the safe and effective use of Bayer?s product portfolio and how Bayer is helping growers meet the sustainability demands of the consumer. Ralph?s background is in production agriculture. He grew up on a family farm in Texas and also operated his own farm for a number of years. After receiving his Ph.D. in Entomology, he served for fourteen years as a Professor and Extension Entomologist before coming to work for Bayer. He has had varying roles with Bayer, mostly in areas of product development. This includes four years in global product development where he had the fortune to learn agricultural production systems in almost all areas of the world. His areas of expertise include Integrated Pest Management, agricultural production systems and agricultural landscape ecosystems. This background has been very beneficial in his current role to help production agriculture to adopt technologies and practices that benefit both the farmer and the environment.