FJ (Chip) Sundstrom graduated from UC Davis and finished his graduate work at Virginia Tech University. He had a research and teaching appointment in the Department of Horticulture at Louisiana State University before taking a position as R&D and Quality Assurance Manager of INCOTEC, a division of the Royal Sluis Seed Company. Following his work in the seed industry he became executive director of the California Crop Improvement Association and the University of California Foundation Seed Program and in 2004 took early retirement to start FJS Consulting. With this background, FJS Consulting brings clients broad expertise in specialty and field crop production and research to address client current and future business needs.
FJS Consulting provides clients with prompt, state of the industry agricultural services ranging from litigation support to agricultural impact assessments. Constant communication with the client is emphasized to assure that milestones and objectives are being met or exceeded. If a project requires research efforts, clients can be assured that proper research protocols are followed and data generated are statistically sound and defensible. If impact assessments are being performed clients can be assured that the most current production input costs and yield data are being utilized.
Founder & CEO
Dr. FJ (Chip) Sundstrom received his Bachelors of Science in Plant Science from the Universityof California at Davis (UC Davis) and his Masters and Doctorate in Horticulture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. After graduating, he spent the first 10 years of his career in teaching and research at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. There he taught undergraduate and graduate courses and focused on seed and crop stand establishment research.
In winter of 1989 he assumed the position of R&D Manager at INCOTEC, a seed technology division of the Royal Sluis Seed Company. Soon he also received responsibility for the Quality Control Department that performed all company seed germination, quality and grow-out tests.
In 1994 he was named Executive Director of the California Crop Improvement Association (CCIA) in Davis, California, where he was responsible for program planning and development while also serving as an Adjunct Professor in the UC Davis, Agronomy Department. While at CCIA, he collaborated with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and county agricultural commissioners in the enforcement and growth of the state seed certification program.
During his 10 years at CCIA, Chip guided and assisted the development of new service programs such as a USDA accredited organic certification program, an identity preservation program, a disease inspected program for the vegetable seed industry, and a web-based seed isolation mapping system for the vegetable and agronomic seed industries. As Executive Director of CCIA, his UC Davis duties also included responsibility for the University of California Foundation Seed Program. This program maintained and produced the seed of varieties developed at the University of California as well as various California-grown USDA developed crop varieties. While working with the Foundation Seed Program, Chip provided guidance to UC Davis crop breeders in filing for USDA Plant Variety Protection.
While at CCIA, Chip was the first chair of the American Seed Trade Association Organic Committee and worked closely with the International Seed Trade Federation as well as the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service on the development of the National Seed Health System. He was fundamental in the establishment of the UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center and currently serves on its Advisory Board.
Chip has delivered dozens of presentations to audiences ranging from academic and industry professionals to various grower groups.
LOUSICANA STATE UNIVERISTY
10+ years teaching & Research
Masters & Doctorate, Horticulture
B.S., Plant Science
Activities & Affiliations
• American Society for Horticultural Science
• American Society of Agronomy
• California Association of Winegrape Growers
• California Seed Association