Dr. Shuichi Okumoto, Senior Vice President of EMRO USA will stand in for Dr. Higa. Dr. Okumoto holds a doctorate of Science and Engineering, MS in Tropical Agriculture focused on Integrated Pest Management and BS in Agriculture focused on phytopathology. Dr. Okumoto has been Senior Vice President of EMRO USA in Tucson, Arizona since April 2005. He has studied, worked and promoted EM Technology® in Costa Rica and other Central and South American countries prior to coming to the USA for many years. He also researched sustainable agricultural systems using beneficial microorganisms at the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) in Costa Rica for over 4 years, and was a professor of Organic Agriculture at the University of Costa Rica and EARTH University for 9 years. He has bee involved with EM Technology® since 1997 and has an extensive knowledge in plant disease management and organic agriculture.