Conference Speakers - Listed in Speaking Order

Roberto A. Peiretti

Engineer / Agronomist / Grower; Address: Calle Cordoba St. N 1521, CP 2189 CRUZ ALTA, Prov. De Cordoba, Republica Argentina; Phone: 0467-21452; E-mail ( ---- Roberto Peiretti is an Agricultural Engineer, Agronomist, Consultant and Farmer from Cordoba, Argentina. Roberto manages about 12,000 acres of no-till cropland and has been working with no-till systems for the past 16 years. He is a founding member and on the Board of Directors of the Argentinian Producers Direct Seed Association (AAPRESID) and Latin American Confederation of Farmers for Sustainable Agricultural Systems (CAAPAS). Roberto has spoken on no-till management strategies and the economic, agronomic, environmental and sustainability benefits of no-till at more than 25 no-till conference across South America and the U.S. He received an M.S. in Agronomy under a Fullbright Scholarship in 1975 from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.


Ken Eshpeter

Growers; Address: Box 488, Daysland, AB, CANADA T0G 1A0; Phone: 403-374-2403. ---- Ken Eshpeter farms Daysland in east central Alberta, Canada. Ken has been no-till farming for 10 years, growing canola, peas, wheat, barley, and oats in a 15- to 17-inch rainfall zone. He has seen significant improvements in soil quality and production potential since he began direct seeding. Ken and his family received the 1997 Farm Family Conservation Award for the Province of Alberta from the Alberta Conservation Tillage Society (ACTS), a grower-directed organization on which he is a member of the Board of Directors. He is also on the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Battle River Research Group, a regional research program on direct seeding and alternative cropping systems.


David Huggins

USDA-ARS Research Agronomist; Address: USDA-ARS Land Management and Water Conservation Unit, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-6421; Phone: 509-335-3379; E-mail ( ---- David Huggins has been a Research Agronomist with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service Land Management and Water Conservation Unit in Pullman, WA since 1997. Dr. Huggins specializes in conservation tillage cropping systems, soils and water quality, soil fertility and plant nutrition. He received his Ph.D. in soil fertility/plant nutrition from WSU, and M.S. and B.S. degrees in forestry soils and resource management from Syracuse University College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry, Syracuse, NY. His previous position was an Assistant Professor - Agronomy at the University of Minnesota from 1992 to 1997. Research experience includes tillage effects on water quality; site-specific nutrient management; and the impact of cropping systems on soil physical, chemical and biological properties in context of soil quality.


Pat McConnell

Branch Mgr., Waitsburg McGregor Branch; Address: The McGregor Co., P.O. Box 37, Waitsburg, WA 99361; Phone: 509-337-6621. ---- Pat McConnell is Manager of the McGregor Company's outlets in Waitsburg, Prescott, Walla Walla, and Touchet, Washington. McConnell received his B.S. in Agronomy and Soils from Washington State University in 1983 and began work for the Puregro Company as a field consultant at the Waitsburg branch. In 1987, McConnell left Puregro to accept a position with the McGregor Company as the manager of the expansion facility in Waitsburg. In addition to his duties with the McGregor Company, McConnell is involved with his father in the 3000 acre dryland farming operation and is a supervisor for the Walla Walla County Conservation District. McConnell is a Certified Professional Agronomist, Certified Crop Advisor, and is the Western Regional Representative to the International CCA board of directors. Pat maintains his duties as the lead agronomist at the Waitsburg facility, which today includes satellite operations at Prescott, Walla Walla, and Touchet, Washington. The Waitsburg operation is now the largest retail facility in the McGregor Company and in 1993 was named the National Winner of Dealer Progress Magazine, and the Dupont Company's Environmental Respect Award. McConnell was recently selected as the 1997 winner of the Consultant of the Year Award by American Cyanamid for the western region.


Dan McKinley

General Manager, Broughton Land Co., 200 E. Main St., Dayton, WA 99328; Phone: 509-382-4421. ---- Dan McKinley became General Manager of the Broughton Land Co. in Columbia County in January 1999. McKinley received his B.S. degree in Agronomy and Soils from Washington State University in 1979. He started his Ag industry career with the Puregro Company in Waitsburg as a crop consultant. In 1987 he accepted a position with the McGregor Company as Manager and lead fieldman in the neighboring community of Dayton, Washington. In addition to his duties with the McGregor Company, McKinley co-managed a dryland wheat farm with his brother. McKinley is a Certified Professional Agronomist, and a Certified Crop Advisor. In 1992 his McGregor outlet was awarded the Environmental Stewardship Award for the state of Washington. McKinley was given the Crop Advisor Stewardship Award for the state of Washington in 1996 by the Western Crop Protection Association. He is in the 21st class of the Washington Ag and Forestry Foundation.


Sheldon Blank

Monsanto Product Development Specialist; Address: 3805 S. Dennis, Kennewick, WA 99337; Phone: 509-586-9060; Email ( ---- Sheldon Blank, a native of eastern Washington, received a B.S. in Agronomy from Washington State University in 1972, M.S. in Agronomy from the University of Minnesota in 1974, and a Ph.D. in Agronomy from the University of Minnesota in 1975. Dr. Blank has been with Monsanto since 1975 and his primary responsibilities are to conduct Roundup and Landmaster development activities in reduced tillage systems. He served as president of the Western Society of Weed Science in 1989. He was recognized as the Outstanding Weed Scientist - Private Sector in the Society in 1993 and was elected as a Fellow in 1994.


Jill Clapperton

Rhizosphere Ecologist; Address Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lethbridge Research Center, P.O. Box 3000, Lethbridge, Canada AB T1J 4B1; Phone: 403-327-4561; E-mail ( ---- Jill Clapperton is a Rhizosphere Ecologist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Head of the Rhizosphere Ecology Research Group at the Lethbridge Research Center near Lethbridge, Alberta. Currently, the Group is working on a number of projects including: the study of earthworms and their use in managing residues, disease, and nitrogen in no tillage systems; the development of biological seed treatments against fungal plant diseases; study of the interaction between mycorrhizal fungi and the establishment of weeds; and an examination of the effects of various cropping and soil management practices on the diversity of soil organisms. Dr. Clapperton is also the co-project manager (with Bob Blackshaw, weed scientist at LRC) of a long-term, conservation tillage field study that evaluates the use of new cropping systems to sustain soil productivity while minimizing of-farm inputs for weed, insect and disease control. She emphasizes the use of conservation tillage partnered with crop rotation to improve the biological functioning, and hence productivity, of soil.


Stewart B. Wuest

USDA-ARS Soil Scientist; Address: USDA-ARS Columbia Plateau Conservation Research Center, P.O. Box 370, Pendleton, OR 97801; Phone: 541-278-4381; E-mail ( ---- Stewart Wuest is a soil scientist at the USDA-ARS Columbia Plateau Conservation Research Center located near Pendleton OR. Dr. Wuest's research is aimed at taking advantage of the soil environment created by no-till cropping systems. He has worked on dryland cropping systems in the Pacific Northwest since 1992, including extensive on-farm research. He earned a master's degree in agronomy and a doctorate in soil science while researching irrigated wheat at the University of California, Davis.


Rainoldo Alberto Kochhann

Research Agronomist; Address: EMBRAPA Trigo National Wheat Research Center, Rovovia BR 285, km 174, Caixa Postal 451, 99001-970, Passo Fundo, RS, Brazil; E-mail (, Home Page ( ---- Dr. Kochhann received a PhD degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1978 and has since being working on no-tillage cropping systems throughout the southern part of Brazil. He has been with Embrapa-National Wheat Research Center since 1974 and his work is on soil management concentrated mainly on aspects of the no-tillage system. Starting in 1984, he has participated in created Friends of Land Clubs for exchange of experiences on no-tillage at the different counties throughout the State of Rio Grande do Sul. During the 90's he concentrated his research activities on placement of fertilizer under no-till, as well as involved himself intensively in the process of transfer of technology for the no-till system, as part of the activities proposed basically in the Project METAS.


Rick Bieber

Grower; Address: HRC 77, Box 50, Trail City, SD 57657-0028; Phone: 605-845-7085; Email <>. ---- Rick Bieber is a no-till farmer near Trail City in North Central South Dakota. He farms in a 16-inch precipitation zone on 2,500 acres of cropland and also has 2,500 acres of rangeland for a cow/calf operation. He has been in a no-till system for the past 11 years with the main crops of hard red spring and winter wheats, corn, flax, peas, soybeans, safflower and alfalfa. He is a member of several no-till organizations including: the Dakota Lakes No-till Research Farm at Pierre, SD; South Dakota No-Till Assoc.; and the Manitoba - North Dakota Zero Tillage Farmers Assoc. Rick is a strong advocate of diverse crop rotations for successful no-till systems and has been a popular speaker at a number of no-till conferences throughout the Northern Great Plains.


Chad Shelton

Western Farm Service Division Agronomist; Address: Western Farm Service, W. 10428 Aero Rd., Spokane, WA 99224; Phone: 509-838-5007; E-mail ( ---- Chad Shelton was raised on wheat and cattle ranch near Pomeroy, WA. The past 8 years he has been Division Agronomist with Western Farm Service and is a Certified Professional Agronomist and Certified Crop Advisor. Chad has a B.S. in Agronomy from WSU. Other work experience include working with Dupont and as an independent crop consultant on over 125,000 acres in SE WA and NE OR.


Shawn O'Connell

Alternate Crops Consultant; Address: Columbia Grain International Inc., 313 D. St., Suite 200, Lewiston, ID 83501; Phone: 800-888-3043. ---- Shawn O'Connell was raised on a cereal grain farm near Kalispell, MT. He received a B.A. degree in Ag Business from Montana State University in Bozeman. Shawn has six years experience with Columbia Grain as a fieldman and manager of the Pullman Facility. Much of his time has centered on the certified seed programs, and development and promotion of alternate crops.


William Payne

OSU Cropping Systems Agronomist; Address: Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center, P.O. Box 370, Pendleton, OR 97801; Phone: 541-278-4186; E-mail ( ---- William Payne began his current position in 1997 as an Assistant Professor in Systems Agronomy at the Research Center in Pendleton. His research interests include dryland agricultural systems, crop water use and water-use efficiency, drought resistance, cropping system diversity and water balance of field crops. Dr. Payne received his PhD in Soil Science from Texas A&M University. He worked as the Principal Crop Physiologist with ICRISAT in West and Central Africa and Asia from 1991 to 1997.


Clinton Reeder

Consulting Economist and Farmer; Address: 47647 Reeder Rd., Pendleton, OR 97801; Phone: 541-276-9278, E. ---- Dr. Clinton Reeder has been farming near Pendleton, OR since 1978, producing wheat, barley, canola and mustard on 2,000 acres. Dr. Reeder received BS, MS and MBA degrees from Oregon State University in Corvallis, and a PhD from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. From 1963 to 1978 he held a number of teaching and consulting positions, including Instructor at the Dept. of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University for 3 years, and Marketing Economist and Business Management Specialist with OSU Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Extension Service for 12 years. In addition to farming, he has served as Director of the Northwest Wheat Policy Project since 1992, doing contract economic research for the three PNW wheat grower associations, and Director of the Westfork Natural Resources Research Group since 1995, conducting on-farm research on dryland production system that improve economic and environmental sustainability. Dr. Reeder has also been the lead Economic and Public Policy Consultant in Clinton B. Reeder and Associates since 1992.


William "Bill" R. Jepsen

Grower; Address: P.O. Box 188, Heppner, OR 97836; Phone: 541-676-5244; E-mail ( ---- Bill farms about 3000 acres in a 12" precipitation zone (7-18" range) about18 miles west of Heppner, OR. He has been moving to direct seeding systems over the past four years. Primary crops are soft white wheat, barley and mustard, but he has been experimenting with hard red spring wheat, flax, garbanzo beans, lentils and canola. He is a member of the Oregon Wheat Growers League and past Board Member of the Morrow County Soil and Water Conservation District.


Martin "Marty" Weber

Grower; Address: Rt. 1, Box 102, Colton, WA 99113; Phone: 509-229-3855; E-mail ( ---- Marty farms about 2,100 acres near Genesee and Moscow, ID and Colton, WA in an 18-25" precipitation zone. He started moving into direct seeding in 1991 and produces primarily wheat, barley, peas and lentils. He recently built a no-till air seeder beginning with John Deere 750 drills.


Donald Wysocki

OSU Extension Soil Scientist; Address: OSU Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center, P.O. Box 370, Pendleton, OR 97801; Phone: 541-278-4186; E-mail ( ----Dr. Wysocki has been an Extension Soil Scientist at the OSU Agricultural Research Center at Pendleton since 1991. He received a B.S. in Soil Science from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, M.S. in Soils Science from Washington State University and Ph.D. in Soil Morphology and Genesis from Iowa State University. The focus of his research and extension program is on developing cropping systems that improve farm and resource sustainability. This includes integrated research on tillage, fertility, residue management, crop rotations and diversification of cropping systems. The development of agronomic recommendations for canola and other new crops has been a large part of his program in recent years.


Dan McKay

Grower and Owner/ Manager of McKay Seed Co.; Address: McKay Seed Co., HCR1, Box 41, Almira, WA 99103; Phone: 509-639-2293; E-mail ( ---- Dan McKay is a wheat and barley producer and manager of a family-owned seed business, McKay Seed, Inc. In addition to marketing seed to growers, the business established in 1982, markets identity-preserved crops such as mustard, buckwheat, durum wheat, and safflower. McKay is a member of the Washington Wheat Commission, representing producers in Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane and Stevens counties since January, 1998. He is a past chairman of the Marketing Committee of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers, a graduate of the Washing Agriculture & Forestry Leadership Program, and a graduate of WSU with a degree in agricultural engineering.


Pat Barker and Steve Shoun

Growers; Barkers's address: 36406 Hwy 12, Dayton, WA 99328; Phone: shop - 509-382-2538, home - 509-382-2386. Shoun's address: 209 S. 7th, Dayton, WA 99328; Phone: home - 509-382-9611, shop - 509-382-2538. ---- Pat Barker and Steve Shoun jointly farm 2,500 acres west of Dayton, WA. They have been developing their direct seed system over the past eight years. Wheat, barley and peas are the primary crops, but have been experimenting with corn and other alternate crops in recent years. They are members of the Columbia County Grain Growers and Washington Association of Wheat Growers. Pat and Steve were selected for the 1998 Conservation Farmer of the Year Award by the Columbia County Conservation District.


Guy Lafond

Production Systems Agronomist; Address: Indian Head Research Farm, Box 760, Indian Head, SK, CANADA S0G 2K0; Phone: 306-695-5220; E-mail ( ---- Guy Lafond - Production Systems Agronomist with the Brandon Research Center located a the Indian Head Research Farm near Indian Head, SK, Canada. Dr. Lafond's research over the past 14 years has focused on management systems and alternative crops and rotations for zero tillage to eliminate summer fallow and tillage in order to control soil erosion and prevent soil degradation. He is currently on a 5-year leave as the Specialized Crop Production Research Coordinator with the Saskatchewan Agri-Food Innovation Fund and is developing production systems for new and potential crops for the region. The information generated from the program will be available on their Internet home page ( Lafond received his PhD in Plant Breeding and Agronomy from the University of Saskatchewan in 1984.


Tim Fiez

Extension Soil Fertility Specialist; Address: Crop and Soil Sciences Dept., Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-6420; Phone: 509-335-2997; E-mail ( ---- Tim Fiez became the WSU Soil Fertility Specialist in 1995 after completing both a Ph.D. in Crop Science and M.S. in Computer Science at WSU earlier that year. He also completed an M.S. in Crop Science from Oregon State University under a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, and B.S. in Crop Management at University of Idaho. Dr. Fiez's research and extension programs have focused on site-specific crop management / precision farming, and management technologies for direct seed cropping systems.


Steve Moore

Grower; Address: 12 Dusty Rd., LaCrosse, WA 99143; Phone: 509-397-4404. ---- Steve farms with his brother Daniel in an 11-15" precipitation zone near Dusty, WA. They have been developing their direct seeding systems over the past four years. Primary crops include winter and spring wheat, spring barley, peas, linola and mustard, and they have recently been trying corn, safflower, canola and other crops. Steve is a member of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers and is a Board Member of the Whitman County Farm Bureau and Whitman Conservation District.


Daniel Moore

Grower; Address: 8551 Big Alkali Rd., LaCrosse, WA 99143; Phone: 509-549-3850; E-mail ( ---- Daniel farms with his brother Steve in an 11-15" precipitation zone near Dusty, WA. They have been moving into a direct seed system over the past four year. Primary crops include winter and spring wheat, spring barley, peas, linola and mustard, and have recently been trying corn safflower, canola and other crops. Daniel received a M.A. in Ag Economics from WSU in 1986. He is a member of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers and the Whitman County Farm Bureau.


Cory Brown

Grower; Address: 4272 Highway 11, Orofino, ID 83544; Phone: 208-435-4172. ---- Cory and his father Danny farm 4000 acres in a 28-35" precipitation zone in the Orofino, ID area. They have been developing their direct seed system over the past four years. Primary crops include wheat, barley, peas, lentils and canola. They were selected as the 1993 Clearwater County Conservation Farmer of the Year and 1993 Goodyear / National Assoc. Conservation District Award.


Adrian Johnston

Research Agronomist; Address: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - Research Station, P.O. BOX 1240, Melfort, Sask., Canada S0E 1A0; Phone: 306- 752-2776, Ext 223; E-mail ( ---- Adrian Johnston is a Research Agronomist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at the Melfort Research Farm near Melfort, SK. Over the past 7 years, Dr. Johnston's research has focused on integrated crop management systems that optimize economic crop production while minimizing environmental impacts. Specific areas of research include crop rotation and tillage studies, oilseed and pulse crop agronomy, fertilizer placement in no-till systems, forage management in rotations and whole-farm economic and energy evaluations. Dr. Johnson received his Ph.D. in Crop Science in 1991 from the University of Saskatchewan.


Roger Veseth

WSU / UI Extension Conservation Tillage Specialist; Address: Plant, Soil and Entomological Sci. Dept., University of Idaho, Moscow, ID 83844-2339; Phone: 208-885-6386; E-mail: ( ---- Roger Veseth began the joint position of Extension Conservation Tillage Specialist with Washington State University and University of Idaho in 1984. He holds an M.S. in Soil Science and B.S. in Agronomy from Montana State University at Bozeman. He was raised on a farm and ranch in eastern Montana and also worked as a crop consultant in North Dakota. His extension and applied research program focuses on integrated cropping systems technologies for direct seeding in eastern Washington and Idaho. He was selected as a Fellow in the Soil and Water Conservation Society in 1993. Veseth has authored or co-authored over 150 PNW Extension publications on conservation tillage systems. Two of the most comprehensive publications include: Wheat Health Management, the first in a crop health management book series by the American Phytopathological Society Press; and Pacific Northwest Conservation Tillage Handbook, a compilation of more than 142 of the Handbook Series publications which are also accessible on the Internet Home Page ( "PNW STEEP Conservation Farming Systems Information Source."


Tim Fiez

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Joe Yenish

WSU Extension Weed Scientist; Address: Crop and Soil Sciences Dept., WSU , Pullman, WA 99164-6420; Phone: (509) 335-2961; E-mail ( ---- Joe Yenish has been an Extension Weed Scientist with Washington State University at Pullman since June of 1996. His responsibilities include weed management in dryland cropping systems of eastern Washington. Part of his research has focused on weed control in pulse and other alternative/complementary crops under conventional and conservation tillage. Prior to coming to WSU, he worked extensively on tillage effects on weed management. Dr. Yenish was raised on family farm in southern Minnesota. He received a B.S. in Agronomy, 1981, North Dakota State University; M.S. in Agronomy, 1990, University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Ph.D. in Crop Science, 1994, North Carolina State University.


David Brewer

Grower; Address: 5925 Wrentham Market Rd., The Dalles, OR 97058; Phone: 541-298-1051 or 296-4747; E-mail ( ---- David farms about 2000 acres in a 12" precipitation zone in north Wasco County near The Dalles, OR. He has been moving into a direct seed systems over the past two years. Major crops are spring and winter wheat and barley, yellow mustard and some field corn for grazing. David is a member of the Oregon Wheat Growers League and past president of the Wasco County Wheat Growers.


Kevin Wagner

Grower; Address: 1288 Simmons Rd., Farmington, WA 99128; Phone: 208-266-2103. ---- Kevin and his brother Leon farm 3,900 acres between Farmington and Tekoa, WA in a 18-24" precipitation zone. They have been using minimum tillage since 1980 and developing their direct seed system over the past two years. Their primary crops have been winter wheat, barley and lentils, and grass seed, with occasionally some canola and peas. They were selected as the 1993 Conservation Farmers of the Year by the Latah Soil Conservation District and Kevin currently serves as a District Supervisor.


Chris Laney

Grower; Address: Rt. 1, Box 84, Sprague, WA 99302; Phone: 509-257-2216; Email ( ---- Chris farms 3000 acres north of Sprague in a 13-14" precipitation zone. He raises primarily wheat, barley, spring canola and hay, but recently has been experimenting with sunflowers, garbanzos, corn, winter canola, winter barley, safflower and millet. He began direct seeding with a home-made no-till drill in 1997. Chris was in the Peace Corps in West Africa (1972-74) and is past president of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (1990). He is a member of the ACIRDS (Annual Crop / Intense Rotation / Direct Seed) think tank/support group of six Lincoln County growers and an Extension agent, and is a cooperator on the WSU Wilke Research Farm project on direct seed cropping systems.


Skip Mead

Grower; Address: Rt. 2, Box 432, Dayton, WA 99326-9754; Phone: 509-382-2759. ---- Skip farms 5000 acres in a 12-16" precipitation zone near Dayton, WA. He is been developing his direct seed system over the past four years. Primary crops include winter wheat, spring wheat, spring barley, spring peas and mustard. Skip was selected as the 1994 Conservation Farmer of the Year by the Columbia County Conservation District. He serves an the Eastern WA Director of Washington Association of Conservation Districts.


R. L. "Dick" Wittman

Grower; Address: Route 1, Box 47, Culdesac, ID 83524; Phone: 208-843-5595; Email ( ---- Dick is President and General Manager of Wittman Farms, Inc., an 11,000 acre dryland crop (5000 acres), cattle and timber operation in northern Idaho. The cropland is primarily in a 17-22" precipitation zone. Dick also provides seminars, workshops and private consulting services on a part-time basis to agricultural lenders, agri-business and farmers/ranchers. He has been developing a direct seed system for their farm over the past14 years. Primary crops are wheat, barley, peas, lentils, canola, garbanzo beans and hay. He is involved in a number of grower organizations including: Idaho Grain Producers Association, PNW Oilseeds Association and USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council. He is past president of the ID Dry Pea and Lentil Assoc. and currently is president of the University of Idaho Ag Consulting Council. Prior to returning to the family farm in 1980, Dick worked with the Federal Intermediate Credit Bank of Spokane (1972-77) and with the Farm Credit Admin. in Washington D.C. as Asst. to the Deputy Governor in the Office of Supervision, and later as Sr. Supervisory Officer for Farm Credit Banks covering 17 states in the East, mid-West and Southern states.


Douglas Young

Agricultural Economist; Address: Dept. of Ag Economics, WSU, Pullman, WA 99164-6210; Phone (509) 335-1400; E-Mail ( ---- Dr. Young is a Professor of Agricultural Economics and has been at WSU since 1976. He is the author or co-author of 47 journal articles, 17 book chapters, and over 160 other publications and meeting papers. While at Washington State University, he has served as chair for 15 Ph.D. and 15 M.A. students, and received over $1 million in grant funding for research. His economics research has specialized in a number of areas including: protecting soil, water, and air quality; weed and pest management; agricultural and resource policy; risk management in agriculture; sustainable agriculture; and agricultural development/farming systems.


Clark Seavert

OSU Farm Management Extension Economist; Address: Oregon State University Extension Service, 2990 Experiment Station Drive, Hood River, Oregon 97031; Phone 541-386-3343; E-mail ( ---- Clark Seavert has been Associate Professor/District Farm Management Extension Economist in Hood River and Wasco Counties since 1989. His Masters' thesis completed at University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho in 1989 was a study of cropland leasing arrangements in Idaho. Seavert provides leadership for educational programs on economic principles, farm record keeping, budget analysis, agricultural finance and computing for farm business management to agricultural clientele, lending institutions, commodity groups and other agricultural organizations.