Chad Hutchinson has been the director of research for TriEst Ag Group, Inc., in the Jacksonville, Florida, area since 2009. For almost 20 years, his work has focused on potato production and disease control issues both in the United States and around the world. Before coming to TriEst, Hutchinson was an associate professor at the University of Florida, where he conducted research and Extension projects on potato production, including crop nutrition, soil fumigation, and variety selection. He also worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Riverside, where he studied vegetable production systems. Hutchinson has a BS and an MS in biology from Ball State University and a PhD in horticultural science from Purdue University.