Bert Bock

Bert Bock

Dr. Bock has developed a career around the potentials and limitations of manure-based products. His experience has been in projects focused on nutrient surpluses, especially phosphorus, mainly on multi-county regional levels. He values the need to take a systems approach for transforming and transporting nutrients out of nutrient surplus areas to areas and applications that can use the nutrients on a sustainable basis and generate maximum revenue for the manure producer and processor.

Dr. Bock began his career as Assistant Professor of Soil Fertility and Fertilizer Use at Auburn University. Following his time at Auburn, Dr Bock managed cooperative and research universities at the Tennessee Valley Authority National Fertilizer Development Center. This allowed him to gain a working knowledge of a broad range of agricultural systems throughout the nation. A key part of his fertilizer work was tailoring fertilizer materials and management to emerging reduced- and no-tillage systems. During the latter part of his tenure at TVA, fertilizer programs were greatly scaled back due to political considerations related to the electric utility portion of TVA. During that period at TVA, Dr. Bock became heavily involved in bioenergy projects, including projects for recovering energy and nutrients from manure with his primary role being identifying best uses for nutrient by-products and helping project developers get maximum value for these products.

After 25 years at TVA, he began an early retirement incentive and has been consulting since. Early consulting was mostly an extension of work done in the latter years at TVA. For the last two years, Dr. Bock has consulted virtually full time for a large producer of fluid fertilizers used in both broad-acre and high value crops; his main responsibility is development of new products and uses.

Dr. Bock grew up in a Kansas farming community and has spent his entire career in various aspects of agriculture. Most of his work has focused on nutrient management in areas ranging from optimizing fertilizer use systems from production and environmental perspectives to identifying best uses of nutrients recovered from processed manure. He has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Agronomy from Kansas State University and a Ph.D. degree in Soil Science from the University of Nebraska.

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