When I write about controversial topics (pesticides, GMOs, etc.) I often get asked about my funding or potential conflicts of interest. I’ve written in depth about that before. This page is simply to provide a reasonably up-to-date statement on my potential competing interests. Nearly all of my perceived competing interests arise through my applied research at the University of Wyoming. Although this blog is unaffiliated with the University of Wyoming, I am providing this statement here in the interest of transparency.
Declaration of Competing Interests:
Funding has been provided to the University of Wyoming from the following private and public organizations in support of Dr. Kniss’s research and education program, either through unrestricted gifts, research contracts, or grants: Arysta LifeScience, BASF, Bayer CropScience, Dow AgroSciences, DuPont, FMC, Gowan, Hatch Act Funds – USDA, ISK Biosciences, Loveland Industries, Makhteshim Agan of North America, Monsanto, NovaSource, Repar Corporation, StateLine Bean Cooperative, Syngenta, USDA National Insitute for Food and Agriculture, University of Wyoming Department of Plant Sciences, University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources, Valent, Western Sugar Cooperative, Winfield Solutions, Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station, Wyoming Bean Commission, Wyoming Crop Improvement Association, Wyoming Department of Agriculture, and Wyoming Seed Certification.
Dr. Kniss served as an expert witness in the lawsuit “Center for Food Safety et al. vs Vilsack et al.” which related to the legality of Roundup Ready sugarbeet deregulation. Dr. Kniss was retained by the law firm representing sugarbeet growers and processors because of his experience and expertise on sugarbeet agronomy and weed control practices. Dr. Kniss was paid for his time and and reimbursed for expenses associated with this commitment.
Dr. Kniss has served on the board of directors of the North Central Weed Science Society, the Western Society of Weed Science, and the Weed Science Society of America. He is past-president of the Western Society of Weed Science. All were volunteer positions.
Dr. Kniss is a current member of the Agricultural Science Committee of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board. He was appointed in 2016 by Administrator Gina McCarthy, and reappointed in 2019 by Administrator Andrew Wheeler.