by Margaret Haining Cowles
John helped to pioneer the application of IPM methods to dairy and field crops in the early years of the IPM Program in his role as a Cooperative Extension agent. He was instrumental in forming the Western New York Crop Management Association, a private producer organization that provides crop and pest management services to its 130 members. John left Cooperative Extension to serve as the association manager, a position he held for over six years. He now serves as a consultant to that organization and has also provided leadership in the development of the Central New York Crop Management Association and the Northern New York Crop Management Association. John is particularly insistent upon basing his consulting business upon sound IPM practices developed through science.