April, 2020 Newsletter
In this Issue:
  • Class Updates
  • AgForestry News
  • Alumni Spotlight
  • March Donors
  • Upcoming Events
  • Featured Jobs
  • Photo Submissions
A Message from the Executive Director
Dirt is an essential ingredient for agriculture and forestry. Dirt provides anchorage for roots and gives essential nutrients to our forests and crops. AgForestry is like dirt for leaders. Our program provides a place for participants to grow and nourishes them with the skills and network they need to flourish.
We’re proud to share our first issue of “The Dirt,” a newsletter for our leadership classes, alumni and supporters. Each month we’ll give you the dirt on what we’re up to, share ways your support is making a difference, and feature program alumni on their continued leadership journey.
On a personal note, I hope each of you is faring well in the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re making a special effort to help you, your family and business stay resilient. Please join us for an exclusive webinar on April 16. “Staying Strong in Uncertain Times” will give you practical tools and advice for taking care of yourself and the people around you in the wake of this disruption.  Click here to learn more and sign up.

Matt Kloes, Class 36
Executive Director
Class Updates
Class 41 was slated to graduate on April 10 th, but due to COVID-19, both Public Policy Presentations and the Graduation Banquet have been postponed until Thursday, November 5 th in Wenatchee. AgForestry is making the most of this unique situation and combining the Public Policy Presentations with Class 43’s Public Speaking and Public Policy Seminar to monopolize on the opportunity for Class 43 to be an audience for Class 41. We hope alumni and invited guests will join us in celebrating Class 41 at the Red Lion Hotel in Wenatchee on November 5 th.
Kara Kaelber, Class 37
Program Manager
Class 42’s Forestry Seminar has been postponed. It looks like they will have the opportunity to be the recipients of AgForestry’s first online curriculum! We will adapt the seminar to have most of our speakers and panels meet with the class virtually. When we are able, we will all be very glad when we can gather for a day of forest tours and a mill visit!
Hannah Poush, Class 38
Program Director
AgForestry News
Alumni Spotlight
Ben Volk, Class 23
Ben was recently promoted to Vice President of J-U-B Engineers, Inc. Ben started with J-U-B in October 2000, the same month he started the AgForestry Program with Dave Roseleip in command. He was previously employed as the District Engineer for the Kennewick Irrigation District. Ben was a Project Manager for J-U-B from 2000-2006 then became the Area Manager of the Tri-Cities office from 2006-2019. Ben recently moved to Reno, Nevada and opened a 14-person office with the merger of J-U-B Engineers, Inc. and Dyer Engineering Company (DEC). J-U-B now has 410+ employees in seven states and is very active in the agricultural market.  Ben’s involvement in the AgForestry Program has enabled him to develop strong relationships with large and small farms throughout the Columbia Basin. He can point to the lessons he learned during the program as helping to develop and refine his leadership skills throughout his career. As a Certified Water Rights Examiner in Washington and Oregon and a Water Rights Surveyor in Nevada, he has continued to help agricultural clients use and maintain their valuable water rights.
Read more about Ben and his equine adventures as a 2-time Ride & Tie Champion at agforestry.org

We want to hear about you! Tell us what you've been up to since your AgForestry experience. How did AgForestry impact your life and career? Email us at leaders@agforestry.org and watch for more alumni profiles at agforestry.org
Upcoming Events
Staying Strong in Uncertain Times
AgForestry is excited to announce a special webinar for AgForestry alumni and supporters. Spend your lunch hour with us on Thursday, April 16th, at noon. Jill Yashinsky-Wortman will talk about what it mean to stay strong during our current uncertainty and how do we take care of ourselves while supporting those around us. You'll learn ways to manage stress and practice self-care. The presentation will also address resilience and how we can "bounce back" during, and after, uncertain times.
Thank you to our March Donors
Emily (38) & Tim Bautista-Herdt
Dave (1) & Jan Roseleip
Fritz (14) & Colleen Coon
Tom (11) & Bonnie Westergreen
Gery (7) & Sherry Amos
Balcom & Moe Inc
Allen (22) & Kelly (25) Bush
Bob (6) & Janet Dick
Frank (19) & Kathi Hendrix
Hop Growers of Washington
Ken (22) & Bonnie Miller
Tim Scherer (10) & Mary Kangas
Del (16) & June Vanderhoff
Jim Walesby (4)
Pat (18) & Teresa McConnell
Central Bean Company/Haricot Farms
Case Doelman (5)
Nolan (35) & Jennifer Empey
Phil (6) & Gerald Howard
Fred (20) & Edie Olberding
Ben Smith (27)
Court (21) & Kelly Stanley
Ed (14) & Heather Zurcher
Brian (36) & Chelsea (40) Campbell
Orlin (7) & Paula Knutson
Olympic Resource Management
Alex (6) & Linda McGregor
Port Blakely

Thank you to Weyerhaeuser for offering a Matching Employee Fund and to the following participants:
Karen Temen (22) & Wesley Wasson
Jeremy (36) & Shannon Sapp
Andy Hopkins (37)
Molly (31) & Chris Rasor
Heather (36) & Scott Brow
Maria Erdmann (28)
Nancy Peckman (20)
Michelle (32) & Erik Metcalf
Mark (22) & Lannie Sheldahl
Anthony (35) & Nicolette Chavez
Annette (26) & Dennis Grainger
Travis (33) & Alicia Keatley
Featured Network Job
Snohomish Conservation District - Project Manager/Senior Project Manager: Agriculture and Floodplain Resilience . The SCD is looking for someone with strong project management skills and a background in both habitat restoration and agricultural viability to serve as a Project Manager for the organization.
Visit agforestry.org for additional job opportunities, or to list an opening.
We want to see your farm, forest, fishing photos
Show us the beauty of the places where you live, work and recreate.
Your photos may be featured in the AgForestry Newsletter or on our website. Email your submissions to leaders@agforestry.org