Joe teaches courses in Soil Fertility, Organic Crop Production, and Agroecology at Rutgers University. He conducts research and extension programs on optimizing nutrition and soil quality in support of plant, animal, and human health. Dr. Heckman has served as Associate Editor of the Journal of American Society of Horticulture Science, Chair of the Council on History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Soil Science, and Chair of the Committee on Organic and Sustainable Agriculture. Dr. Heckman is past President of the Northeast Branch of the Crops, Soils, and Agronomy Tri-Societies. In addition to guest lectures on Soil Fertility, Dr. Heckman is frequently invited to speak on History of Organic Farming, and Raw Milk with Informed Consumer Choice.