Dr. Rick Snyder has been a Professor and Extension Vegetable Specialist at Mississippi State University since 1988, specializing in greenhouse vegetable Extension and research. He has coordinated the annual Greenhouse Tomato Short Course for 28 years in Jackson, Mississippi each March, a national conference for greenhouse growers, and has written numerous publications on greenhouse tomatoes including the Greenhouse Tomato Handbook. Originally from Connecticut, Dr. Snyder earned his B.S. degree in Horticulture at the University of Connecticut, M.S. in Greenhouse Vegetables at Ohio State University, and Ph.D. in Vegetable Crops at Cornell University. Snyder has served as Secretary / Treasurer of the American Greenhouse Vegetable Growers Association, on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Plasticulture, and coordinated Greenhouse Tomato Seminars in Montreal (1995), Denver (1996), San Juan, Puerto Rico (2003), and Trinidad (2010). He has been an invited speaker in 22 states as well as in Mexico, and is a columnist for both Mississippi Gardener Magazine and American Vegetable Grower Magazine.