Agribusiness expert witness candidates typically have backgrounds and expertise in agricultural engineering, agricultural economics, agricultural production, agricultural safety, damages, food science and/or regulatory compliance. Agribusiness is agricultural production commerce and involves the production, protection, sales and marketing of food and livestock. Agribusinesses encompasses everything from seeds, agrichemicals, crop production, animal feeds, biofuels, grain transport and processing, farm machinery, farm management, and just about everything in between. University courses and degrees in agribusiness are becoming more prevalent, and include coursework in economics, food policy, and environmental studies.
Matters requiring agribusiness expert witness services can involve intellectual property, such as patent infringement litigation, software copyright or trade secret disputes. A forensic expert can analyze products or methodologies to determine if there is evidence to reveal intellectual property infringement or theft. An agribusiness expert could also be called in on breach of contract disputes, business valuation, agriculture equipment appraisal, food safety matters, food stability and shelf life, fraud and misrepresentation, supply chain issues, and food packaging matters. Litigation support by an agribusiness expert witness could include an expert report, expert opinion, deposition testimony, and expert testimony in court. In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, a law firm may request an agriculture expert with prior expert witness testimony experience. In addition, clients may seek an agribusiness industry expert for pre-litigation consultant work.
Cahn Litigation Services has been approached by numerous clients to locate expert witnesses, on behalf of either the plaintiff or defendant, that can support agribusiness matters.
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The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Agribusiness experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give attorneys a sense of the Agribusiness landscape.
This expert is an independent consultant in the safe use and design of construction, industrial, and agricultural equipment. This expert's experience includes the evaluation of product design, warnings development and safety and operational training. This expert served as a delegate on various ISO and ANSI subcommittees and is as a noted authority on lifting equipment safety.
This expert holds a Ph.D. in Logistics, Marketing & Packaging. This expert held positions from Research Assistant to Full Professor in the School of Packaging, and is a Professor Emeritus. This expert's primary focus in research and practical testing has been in two areas: Reusable Shipping Containers, and prevention of in-transit damage to food. For many years this expert's research team assisted the United States Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency to insure the adequacy of packages for food aid. This expert provided technical assistance and developed package performance standards for all the food which the USDA purchases and distributes -- the largest food distribution system in the world -- which includes such programs as price support commodity purchases, foreign food aid such as "Food for Peace" programs, and domestic feeding programs such as school lunches, charities, and disaster assistance. This expert is well-published and served as Editor of a top refereed journal in the packaging field. This expert has served as an expert witness for lawsuits involving personal injury, transit damage litigation and patent issues with respect to packaging and has consulted on projects dealing with the technical, social and economic implications of packaging systems, ranging from distribution system analysis and package design, to evaluation of specific packaging and vehicle loading operations.
This expert is President of a highly sought-after forensic accounting consultancy. With many years of experience, this expert provides consulting, analytical, forensic accounting, expert witness, transactional, and other sophisticated financial services to clients in a diverse array of industries and professions including:
- Ethanol and Biodiesel production
- Breach of Contract
- Farm Operations
- Surety Disputes
- Gluten Production
- Tortious Interference
- Supply Chain Issues
- Forensic Investigation and Quantification
- Fraud and Misrepresentation
This expert has served as the damages expert for several Agriculturally-related matters including:
This expert also has extensive experience with the complex financial issues. These have included:
In addition, this expert is the owner and operator of a farm / ranch where this expert grows corn, wheat, soybeans, and have a herd cows. This expert sells weaned specialty calves under contract, and raise / feed-out many others that are butchered for sale on-farm, and in-town stores.
This expert leads a nationally recognized Crop and Agriculture practice of a highly successful consultancy specializing in Economic Analytics. This expert has been involved with crop & agriculture litigation of all types, including lender liability, chemical drift, product liability, off-label chemical applications, herbicide misapplication, and breach of contract. Recognized as a leader in quantifying economic damages in this space, this expert has successfully testified on multi-million-dollar cases and has been recognized for the ability to handle large amounts of information and filter it to the most pertinent issues.
Specializing in labor economics, crop valuation, and small business finance, this expert is retained regularly by both plaintiff and defense counsel as an expert regarding economic damages, and has testified more than one hundred times in state and federal litigation across the United States.
This expert has extensive experience in labor economics and has conducted wage loss analyses for children, students, stay-at-home parents, and workers employed in numerous industries. This expert has testified as an expert witness regarding economic damages in wage loss cases involving claims associated with construction injuries, aviation disasters, medical malpractice, personal injuries, age and gender discrimination, constructive discharge, retaliatory discharge, and breach of contract.
This expert has transacted multiple small business public offerings and reverse mergers and acquisitions. Joining finance theory with practical business experience, this expert offers the unique ability both to quantify and to explain the actual value of small business transactions.
HACCP Stands for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point. HACCP is an internationally recognized system for reducing the risk of safety hazards in food. An HACCP System requires that potential hazards are identified and controlled at specific points in the process.
Following a career in the public and private sectors, this expert launched a consulting firm, serving as President and CEO and specializing in food safety and health policy, and regulatory science. This expert has had senior leadership roles in the public and private sectors. During this expert's career in the food industry, this expert served as a director in supply chain management and quality systems. In these roles, this expert was an integral player in the care and management of perishable produce from the vendor through to manufacturing or service in a restaurant. This expert worked closely with multiple companies and regulatory agencies in the safe handling, storage, transport, and service of fresh produce - including strawberries.
In addition to responsibilities for food safety, this expert had a leadership role in designing and reviewing traceability programs for food products in national and international transport in quality and food safety leadership roles; and as part of the development of Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) systems, and ISO 9000 quality management systems. This expert reviewed various temperature tracking tools and used several different systems in various positions. Further, as a successful consultant, this expert has had to review procedures and data for temperature tracking; this expert is well familiar with the industry's needs and available tools for temperature control. This expert has worked with most commodities and is highly familiar with the standard shelf life of perishable food items, and the impact of temperature and humidity on food quality and safety.
Prior to joining the public sector, this expert worked for a regulatory agency for meat and poultry. There this expert led the global development for the principles of HACCP, and played key roles in the adoption of HACCP as a regulatory tool and the development of the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards. This expert has also worked for two science-based trade associations.
This expert received a doctoral degree, Masters of Science and undergraduate degree and is a
Registered Dietitian. This expert is also a Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists.
This expert has extensive prior litigation experience including a significant number of depositions and one trial testimony.
This expert is known internationally as one of the top experts on kinetics of reactions related to loss in food quality, nutrient degradation and pathogen growth and death kinetics.
This expert is also well known for teaching, working with and mentoring Ph.D. students, post-docs and visiting scientists. This expert has helped over many mentees gain faculty positions around the world, most of whom are doing research on reaction kinetics.
This expert is the author or co-author of over 280 scientific refereed research articles, 18 textbooks, 78 book chapters, eight patents and more than 100 other semi-technical articles. This expert has 14 refereed research papers, books or chapters and reviews that have been cited more than 200 times in other research papers or books, two at over 600 times and six others between 300-400 times, another five between 200-300 times and 30 more between 100-200. This expert’s research group has published an average of 10 research papers a year, including work in the Journal of Food Science, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Journal of Analytical Chemistry, Chemical Sciences, Analyst, Journal of the Royal Chemical Society, Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, Food Chemistry, Journal of Food Protection and Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition.
This expert’s research has been supported by grants from the Department of Homeland Security, the US Center of Excellence, as well as grants from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Additionally, this expert has received grants from the American Egg Board, Almond Board, Dairy Research Inc., and the Beef Council.
This expert’s Areas of Research include
Shelf life testing
Shelf life dating
Time-Temperature Integrator Tags
Contaminants in food
Glass Transition Phenomena
In addition to academic work and research, this expert serves as Chief Scientist at a company that makes smart sensors used to monitor temperature or both temperature and freshness. The company’s patent and copyright intellectual property portfolio centers around radio frequency sensor identification devices, labels, tags and liners, radio frequency data capture software, cloud services and analytics. The IP also includes systems, software and methods for using the above tools for managing perishables in the cold chain and for tracking wear-and-tear of non-perishable items throughout their life or warranty period.
This expert has prior patent litigation experience and has been deposed and testified before a jury. Additionally, this expert has served as an expert for litigation in a case involving Time-Temperature Integrator (TTI) shelf life tags.