Senior Director, Agricultural & Environmental Research
Dr. Barnes manages agricultural engineering related projects, including ginning, precision farming, irrigation, and conservation tillage system research. Over the course of his career, Ed received two USDA certificates of merit, served on the Editorial Board of Agricultural Water Management, and on the Science Advisory Council of Field to Market, The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Biological and Agricultural Engineers (ASABE) and has served on their Board of Trustees.
Barnes’ career at Cotton Incorporated began in 2002. Previously, he was Director of Agricultural Research. Prior to his work at Cotton Incorporated, Barnes spent seven years as an Agricultural Engineer for the USDA, Agricultural Research Service at the U.S. Water Conservation Laboratory in Phoenix AZ developing applications of remotely sensed data for agricultural management. He received a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree from North Carolina State University in Biological and Agricultural Engineering, and a Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University in Biosystems Engineering.