Beneficial Insectary has appointed Cody Seals as a plant scientist. A graduate from the University of Tennessee (UTK) Entomology and Plant Pathology Department, Cody Seals, began his journey into plant pests by scouting for invasive insects and diseases among Tennessee’s nurseries and greenhouses. While pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Plant and Soil Science from Middle Tennessee State University, Cody began working for UTK’s extension program in conjunction with USDA-APHIS on TN’s CAPS program. Upon completing his bachelor’s degree, UTK offered an opportunity to attend their master’s program for entomology and plant pathology, focusing on determining the ecology of cannabis produced in the Southeast.
Once he completed his master’s degree, he remained in the cannabis space and began working with farmers across the southeast to navigate this new crop. He continued in that role until most recently, leaving his IPM Specialist position at a significant greenhouse in Nashville to join the BI team as a U.S. Product manager. In his new role with BI, Cody will oversee the research and market development of many biopesticides and other microbial inputs that are currently available and new products in the pipeline.