Speaker Bio


Dr. James Robbins

Dr. James Robbins

Extension specialist in Commercial Ornamentals, University of Arkansas (retired)

From 1989 until his retirement in January 2022, Dr. Robbins was an Extension specialist in commercial ornamentals at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. His role was to support all Green Industry businesses including garden centers, wholesale growers, and landscapers. His research program focused primarily on nursery production related issues (e.g. automation, growing media, fertilizer, weed control) and woody plant evaluation. For the past 12 years he has been primarily focused on applications for drones in nursery production.

Dr. Robbins has a unique blend of academic and nursery industry experience that allows him to be identified as a leader in nursery crop research and outreach. Prior to working for the University of Arkansas, he spent 9 years in the ornamental industry with two different companies: Briggs Plant Propagators and IMC Vigoro. Prior to that he was an Assistant Professor in the Horticulture Department at Kansas State University. His B.S. degree is in Ornamental Horticulture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Masters in Horticulture from the University of Georgia, and Ph.D is in Plant Physiology from the University of California-Davis.