Jim Block, Certified Consulting Meteorologist, one of only 285 active in the world, has over 35 years of experience in commercial meteorology. At DTN, Block is responsible for the integration of weather into agricultural applications, weather and forecast content used in the products and services provided by DTN. Block has participated in the development of products pioneered at DTN and is the holder of seven patents on weather technology. He has testified in front of US Congressional committees on matters of the private sector and its relationship to National Meteorological Services. Block earned a BS and MS in Meteorology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Certified Consulting Meteorologist, and past President of the National Council of Industrial Meteorologists. In 2010, Block was elected as a Fellow by the American Meteorological Society, an honor given to less than 0.2% of the membership of the Society.