Associate Professor & Extension Horticulturist- Pomology & Viticulture
Jim received his B.S. in horticulture from Texas A&M in 1977 and his M.S. in horticulture from Texas A&M working on perennial food crops. Jim has served as a research associate and instructor in the A&M Hort. department, was a commercial peach grower for ten years and was the extension team leader of the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program for Cornell University from 1988 to 1996. In 1996, Jim returned to Texas to serve as an extension specialist in Fredericksburg.
Jim serves as a farm advisor to fruit growers across the state with an emphasis in the Texas Hill Country. He has and continues to conduct applied research to address the needs of commercial and home fruit producers. His current activities include an aggressive program to evaluate Pierce’s disease resistant varieties and rootstocks, work on chemical and cultural control of cotton root rot and the evaluation of fruit varieties in sustainable orchard settings.