John grew up on a 2,000 acre fruit and vegetable farm in Ohio. In 2004, he arrived at Auburn University in the Biosystems Engineering Department and has been conducting research and extension efforts focused on precision agriculture and machinery automation. Johns educational background includes a B.A. degree from Wittenberg University in physics and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biosystems and agricultural engineering from the University of Kentucky. John leads the Alabama Precision Agricultural program at Auburn University providing timely information to farmers and consultants related to precision agriculture and was recently named the 2013 Precision Ag Researcher / Educator of the Year by PrecisionAg.com and in 2014 became ALFAs Endowed Professor of Agriculture at Auburn University.