Candidates for ISPA Board

Please review our candidates for President-Elect and Secretary. You can see their CV through the links provided. The voting will be open to all ISPA members beginning June 8 and ending June 22, 2022. 

ISPA Board Elections

The International Society of Precision Agriculture holds elections in the summer of the ICPA conference. Due to the nature of the board two to three offices will be open for nominations every two years. The position of Treasurer is a four-year post and that position will only have nominations accepted in the year the term expires for the current Treasurer.

Solicitation of Board Nominations (Open March 1 – June 1 of election year)

When it comes time to solicit nominations for the above elected positions, please feel free to nominate yourself! This is perfectly acceptable. The name of all nominators will be kept confidential. Please forward nominations to nominations@ispag.org
The nomination committee of ISPA is requesting nominations for the following offices for the ISPA.
  • President Elect – (Two year appointment) to serve from July 2022 to July 2024, and then move to President for July 2024 to July 2026 and then to Past-President in 2026
  • Secretary – (Two year appointment) to serve from July 2022 to July 2024
To nominate an individual:
  1. The nominator must be a current member of ISPA.
  2. The nominee must be a current member of ISPA.
  3. Contact the nominee and verify that they are interested/available to serve as an officer. 
  4. Submit a short CV (2-pages) with a high resolution picture of nominee.
  5. Provide contact information for the nominee and the nominator.
  6. Please send nominations to nominations@ispag.org.
Nominations must be received by 1 June 2022. 
Elections will be held electronically.

President Elect Nominees

Rodrigo A. Ortega-Blu

John FultonDr. Rodrigo Ortega-Blu is an Associate Professor at the University Santa María in Santiago-Chile. He got involved with Precision Agriculture (PA) in the 90’s, while pursuing his PhD at Colorado State University. He has worked in PA from different aspects including research, teaching, extension, and commercial application. His research and extension activities focus on improving soil quality as the basis for a sustainable production, under climate change, using precision agriculture, organic matter, microorganisms, and nitrification inhibitors, among other technologies, particularly in fruit production. Important areas of his work are the conversion of available data into useful information and farmer’s digitalization. He teaches Precision Agriculture at the graduate level and Econometrics at the undergraduate one. He has worked as a national and international consultant in soils and precision agriculture. He participates in various societies at the national, regional, and international levels.

Steve Phillips

Steve Phillips
Dr. Steve Phillips is Principal Scientist for the African Plant Nutrition Institute, headquartered on the campus of Mohamed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) in Benguerir, Morocco, where he also holds the academic rank of Professor.  Dr. Phillips serves as research theme leader for precision nutrient management and his current research focuses on using remote sensing technologies to assess spatial yield variation in smallholder production systems.  His outreach programs include the West African Forum on Precision Agriculture and the African Conference on Precision Agriculture (AfCPA).  He founded the African Association for Precision Agriculture and serves as coordinator and lead instructor for an Executive MS curriculum at UM6P in precision agriculture.  He also lectures each semester on precision agriculture topics in MS courses on Fertilizer Science and Technology and Crop Nutrition and serves as major advisor for three Ph.D. students and one M.S. student pursuing degrees in precision agriculture. Prior to joining APNI, he spent 12 years with the International Plant Nutrition Institute where he served as organizer and chairman for the annual InfoAg Conference and prior to that he spent 8 years at Virginia Tech leading an internationally recognized research and extension program in precision nutrient management.  Dr. Phillips has been an active member of the ISPA since its inception in 2010.

Secretary Nominees

Joby Czarnecki

Joby Czarnecki
Dr. Joby Czarnecki is an Associate Research Professor with the Geosystems Research Institute at Mississippi State University (MSU). Her research is focused on how geospatial technologies can enable growers to target placement of conservation practices on the landscape to reduce the environmental impact of production agriculture without compromising the bottom line. Her research is heavily-applied and end-user focused, with a short-time horizon intended to help growers the following year and not the following generation. She is currently launching a USDA-funded project to create a farmer-led on-farm program that increases capacity in Mississippi growers to conduct on-farm experimentation and better utilize precision agriculture concepts and technologies. Other areas of focus include precision conservation and data-informed crop production, with projects ranging from spatial aspects of soil microbiology to optimized search patterns for sampling by autonomous systems. Joby recently team taught a survey course for freshman on data-driven agriculture with other precision agriculture faculty at MSU to excite a new generation of college students about the future of agriculture. She is past chair of the S1069: Research and Extension for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Applications in U.S. Agriculture and Natural Resources, as well as the MSU workgroup with a similar focus. She is currently serving as president of MSU’s chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the international honor society of agriculture. Dr. Czarnecki got her first professional job as a result of attending the 2002 ICPA and has regularly attended ICPA and been an active ISPA member.