Dan Putnam is currently the University of California Cooperative Extension specialist in forage crops located at Davis. He consults regularly with farmers in California and in many countries.
Raised in southern Ohio, he holds a doctorate in plant and soil sciences from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, as well as a bachelor's of science in agronomy from Wilmington College in Wilmington, OH.
Putnam is the chair of the Western and California Alfalfa Symposia, held each year. His current research interests include alfalfa cultivar interactions with agronomic practices, irrigation practices, economics of cutting schedules and yield-quality tradeoffs in alfalfa, forage-quality analysis methods, irrigation techniques, alternative forage crops and interactions of alfalfa and the environment.