Dr. Gary F. Hartnell serves as a Consultant to CoverCress Inc. and other clients. Dr. Hartnell's role is to identify, map out potential uses of CoverCress grain and it's coproducts, develop and execute studies needed for the commercial use of such products within the animal feed industry. Dr. Hartnell has extensive experience in research and product development with multi-species for feed industry, corporate, and start-up companies in collaboration with university, government and/or private sector organizations.
Born in Wisconsin and raised on a general livestock farm, Gary F. Hartnell received his BS degree in 1973 from the University of Wisconsin - Parkside. In 1975 and 1977, he received his MS and PhD degrees (Major: Dairy Science; Minors: Bacteriology and Biochemistry) from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, respectively. From 1977 through 1983, Hartnell worked for Wayne's Feed Division of Continental Grain Company where he led the dairy and beef research and technical service efforts.
From 1983 through 2016, Hartnell was employed by Monsanto Company, St. Louis, MO. He was responsible for the successful development, monitoring and management of feeding studies with genetically modified crops, stearidonic acid soybeans (from proof of concept to pre-commercialization), somatotropin clinical studies and commercialization of bST. His knowledge and personal experience as an animal nutritionist contributed to the successful and timely submission of high quality data packages to various regulatory agencies worldwide. He has conducted studies in North and South America, Europe, Africa, India and the Pacific Rim countries. Gary has personal experience in working with professional scientists in the areas of animal nutrition, feeding genetically modified crops to poultry, livestock and aquaculture, milk and milk manufacturing properties, somatotropins, stearidonic acid soybeans and RNAi applications in virus and insect control. His technical expertise has been utilized in Europe, Africa, South America and Asia in the design and execution of poultry, livestock and fish studies to support the regulatory and freedom to operate for Monsanto's biotechnology products. He served as an animal feed and nutrition consultant within Monsanto and his expertise has been utilized as a member of the Board of Agriculture and Natural Resources of the National Academy of Sciences. His farm background, feed industry experience and knowledge of global poultry, aquaculture and animal nutrition systems have enhanced his contributions as a professional nutritionist. Throughout his career he has accomplished his work through collaborations with academics, governmental scientists, and private contract scientists globally. Since retirement from Monsanto in 2016, he is providing his expertise in helping companies with product development and evaluation in the livestock, poultry, and aquaculture sectors.
Hartnell is a member of the American Society of Animal Science, American Dairy Science Association (served on the board and as President), Poultry Science Association, World Aquaculture Society, American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists, European Association of Animal Production, served as President of the Federation of Animal Science Societies, and served for eight years on the Board of Agriculture and Natural Resources of the National Academy of Sciences. He co-chaired an International Life Science Institute committee that developed guidelines for conducting livestock feeding studies using biotechnology derived crops and their byproducts and he served on the animal feed committee of the Agricultural Biotechnology Stewardship Technical Committee. He has given presentations at nutrition conferences, feed industry conferences, scientific forums, and producer and commodity group events in Asia, Europe, Africa, South America and North America. He has authored or co-authored over 104 abstracts, 74 scientific journal articles, 10 book chapters, 121 popular press, symposia and conference articles and two patents.