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Jose G Franco

Research Ecologist

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 United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Service

6883 South State Highway 23

Booneville, Arkansas 72927


Dr. Jose G. Franco is a Research Ecologist with the USDA ARS Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center in Booneville, AR. He completed his Ph.D. in ecosystem science and management with a focus on agroecology and sustainable cropping systems from Texas A&M University, a Master’s in rangeland science with a focus on invasive species control from New Mexico State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Texas at El Paso. While completing his Ph.D., he gained hands-on experience working with local farms and Texas AgriLife Extension.

Dr. Franco’s research, ranging from intercropping to cover cropping and integrated crop-livestock systems, strives to create diversified and multifunctional agricultural landscapes to enhance a wide range of ecosystem services. Currently, his research focus is on developing economically viable and sustainable crop production systems that benefit small to mid-sized farms in the mid-south region. He will achieve through use of alternative annual and perennial crops and forages such as Kernza intermediate wheatgrass, Silphium and saffron, and alternative production systems and mixed enterprise agriculture such as organic integrated crop-livestock systems and agroforestry. His work in organic agriculture has attracted attention from grower groups in Canada where he’s given talks. He currently serves on the editorial board for Agronomy Journal.

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Dr. Jose Franco  Curriculum Vitae