Guest Speaker Background
Associate Director of Oregon State University’s
Global Hemp Innovation Center.
Jeffrey has broad leadership experience in government and academic settings with USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA Agricultural Research Service, and three universities conducting, administering, and resourcing research in food and agriculture, natural resources, and bioenergy systems, and now hemp. He strategically cultivates multi-institutional-interdisciplinary teams and enhances their efforts through extensive networks of private, public, and international partners. As a science expert, he has served as an adviser to political appointees and government officials, as well as to commodity, conservation, and economic development organizations.
Jeff received his Ph.D. from Oregon State University in Seed Production & Technology, and B.S. and M.S. degrees from California State University Fresno. He is a fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) and recipient of the career CSSA Seed Science Award. Jeff was raised on a diversified family farm near Visalia in the California San Joaquin Valley where his parents grew cotton, alfalfa hay, grain, and fruit and nut tree crops, and raised hogs and cattle.