Thomas W. Crawford, Jr.

Thomas W. Crawford, Jr. is owner and principal consultant of Global Agronomy, LLC. He served as director of research of Bio Huma Netics, Inc., a 40-year-old company that manufactures and sells fluid fertilizers, pest control products and wastewater treatment products worldwide. Before joining Bio Huma Netics, Inc., he was the agronomist of a soil, water and plant testing laboratory after serving as director  of the Research and Market Development Division of IFDC, An International Center for Soil Fertility and Agricultural Development. As an associate professor, Dr. Crawford helped manage the International Sorghum/Millet Collaborative Research Support Program (INTSORMIL) at the University of Nebraska.

He has resided and worked in Cape Verde, Cameroon, the Dominican Republic, and Zaire (Democratic Republic of Congo). For more than thirty years, he has contributed to international development as a scientist, diplomat, and research manager in the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe; he continues to travel on overseas assignments.

While a US Foreign Service Officer with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Dr. Crawford served as an agricultural development officer, project development officer, and program officer. He served as president and then member of the board of directors of the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD).

In the private sector, Dr. Crawford managed commercial mushroom production and agricultural research projects and programs, as well as projects employing geographic information systems and remote sensing. He continues to conduct basic and applied research on soils, soil fertility, fertilizers and plant nutrition as he has done in several universities, companies and an international agricultural research institute.

He led the team that did the final evaluation of the Sahel Water Data & Management III project in West Africa, and he was a member of the team that did the Amhara National Regional State Food Security Research Assessment in Ethiopia.

Dr. Crawford is a computer hobbyist with skills in digital cartography and is proficient in four languages in addition to English.  He holds an A.B. in Religion with Distinction in General Scholarship, an M.S. in Ecology, and a Ph.D. in Soil Science, each from the University of California.


Memberships

American Society of Agronomy (ASA), 1973 - present.

  • International Service in Agronomy Award Committee member (2013 – 2014)

Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), 1974 - present.

  • International Soil Science Award Committee (2002 ­ 2003) and ISSA committee chair (2003)

Sigma Xi, 1979 - present.

Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD), 1997 - present.

  • Vice president (2002 – 2003), President ­Elect (2003 ­ 2004), President (2004 ­ - 2005), Member of the Board of Directors (2005 – 2010). 

International Humic Substances Society (IHSS), member, 2012 – 2016

Humic Products Trade Association (HPTA), 2012 – 2016.

  • Member of Science Committee (2013 – 2016)