The best part of life for J. D. (James Daniel) is still unfolding, especially since many years of professional life are now complete. J. D. began his work life and professional path early while growing up on his family farm in North Carolina. He was taught the value of hard work and quickly learned the importance of education as a pathway for more opportunity. He followed that path to NC State University where he earned his B.S. degree in Biological and Agricultural Engineering in 1974.
J. D. worked as a Consulting Engineer at NC State University in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department for 7 years while supporting research programs related to crop planting and post harvest storage. During this time, he earned his Professional Engineering license in 1979, which he maintained throughout his career.
In 1981, J. D. began a 30-year career in the agricultural chemical industry, which ended in 2011 upon his retirement from Bayer CropScience. During his career, his engineering background developed into unique expertise in the field of Application Technology. This expertise involved the safe and efficient application of agricultural chemicals. His career provided opportunity for him to work closely with farmers, researchers and the US EPA. He was responsible for development and commercial launch of many innovative mechanical designs that improved accuracy and safety during application of agricultural chemicals. Several of his innovations received US patents while others were offered to the agricultural industry as commercial products to be used freely. He travelled extensively to agricultural regions in the US, Central America, South America and Europe. His leadership and dedication to safe product use and environmental stewardship were recognized throughout the industry.
J. D. assumed leadership roles in industry wide groups that merged the efforts of competitive companies, regulatory agencies, trade organizations and academia. These organizations were The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance, Spray Drift Task Force, Ag Container Recycling Council (ACRC), and Crop Life America. During his tenure with ACRC, the organization reached an important milestone of recycling 100 million pounds of plastic containers into safe alternative plastic products. Each of these organizations granted service awards to him in recognition of his leadership and contributions.
As an engineer and agriculturalist, J. D. has always had a personal interest in machines, home construction, remodeling and gardening. Along with his wife Kay, they developed their sustainable gardening skills at their home in North Carolina. Their gardening experience provides them with many vegetables and great training for their work with Lighthouse Lands.
J. D. and his wife Kay are active members of White Plains United Methodist Church in Cary, NC. They first learned of the exciting work and opportunities of Lighthouse Lands in Haiti from their Pastor, Regine Jean Baptiste. J. D. is excited to work on the mission of Lighthouse Lands as a great opportunity to share life’s blessings, available time and professional experiences!