The following officers are elected to the 2017 Executive Committee and voluntarily serve for one year, January to January, in their respective positions:
Jeff Freeman – Marion Ag Service
Jeff Freeman is a native of the Willamette Valley with twenty years of experience in the agricultural inputs service business. He grew up on a seed farm just south of Amity which is still operated by his family today. He has held key roles that require positioning products and services that add value to growers and ag retail operations. Our industry has seen constant change in cropping, regulation, supply chain management and public perception. Jeff’s goal in business is to provide information and service that aides in the success of farmers.
Jeff is currently the Sales and Marketing Director for Marion Ag Service based in St. Paul, Oreogn. He lives in Tualatin with his wife Lisa, and their sons Jonathan, Nathan and Nolan.
1st Vice President
Pamela Lucht – Northwest Transplants
Pamela, along with her husband Neal and now their daughter Lauren, own Northwest Transplants, a 28 year old business located in Molalla, Oregon. NWT is a transplant seedling nursery growing crops of all kinds on contract for their commercial farm customers. Their family operation now produces over 80 million seedlings and services five Northwestern States and Western Canada. A core belief is:
“We measure our success by the success of our customers”
She invites you to visit their website to learn more about NWT.
Pamela, once a city girl, and a transplant to agriculture herself, believes the Oregon Aglink team is doing good things for Agricultural Education. She and her family are passionate about Ag Education at all levels; at the elementary school by supporting Oregon Ag in the Classroom, at the high school level by supporting FFA and most recently at the middle school level by supporting the Aglink Adopt a Farmer Program for the past 3 years. “I am proud that our company jumped at the opportunity to be one of the adopted farms. It’s fun and exciting to watch students from all backgrounds make a connection with our small piece of agriculture.” She believes exposing students to hands on experiences about where their food comes from is one of our best ways to develop agricultural literacy.
As an Oregon Aglink board member, Pamela believes in Oregon Aglink’s message that agriculture is rooted, green and vital. It’s important to Pamela that Oregonians understand the critical role that agriculture plays in our economy. Oregon Aglink’s Adopt a Farmer program, the Road Crop Identification Signs and the I am Oregon Agriculture TV ads are ways that Oregon Aglink is making this difference.
Terry Ross – Integrated Seed Growers
Terry’s love for agriculture started in high school while working at Crocker Farms in Monroe, Oregon. He joined Pennington Seed as a field representative following his graduation from Oregon State University. The Lebanon, Oregon, based company promoted him to production manager, and his responsibilities allowed him to work closely with producers all over Oregon and Washington. He also has worked for the Oregon Grass Seed Bargaining Association as their general manager, fulfilling a lifelong dream to work for the farmers as their agent and advocate.
Terry remains active in volunteering his time and efforts for the betterment of agriculture. In addition to his position with the Oregon Aglink, Ross is a past chair of the Oregon Seed Trade Association Trade Rules and Ethics Committee, member of the PR committee of the Oregon Seed Council and a commissioner on the Oregon Tall Fescue Commission.
Terry resides in Sherwood with his wife Jaime and daughters, Brooklyn and Emma.
Megan Thompson – Oregon Cherry Growers
Megan has been a field rep for Oregon Cherry Growers since 1999. She works with growers in the The Dalles and Hood River area to facilitate maximum return and quality control. In 2007 Megan and her husband bought a 35 acre cherry orchard in The Dalles. They produce cherries for both fresh market and processing.
Megan graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Horticulture. She first fell in love with plants and horticulture due in part to her involvement with the Green Thumb program in Portland as a child.
Along with being involved in Oregon Sweet Cherry Commission and Oregon Women for Agriculture, Megan is also actively involved in her two sons’ sports and school activities.
Fred Geschwill – F & B Farms
Fred, co-owns F & B Farms with his wife Leigh, brother Billy and sister-in-law Heidi. They grow a variety of crops including grass seed, hops and nursery crop in the Woodburn area. Fred is in charge of hop sales for F & B Farms. He is also actively involved in the public hop breeding program.
Fred graduated from Oregon State University with a BS in Agriculture. He enjoys motocross, reading, skiing, scuba diving, and travel. Fred and Leigh have a daughter named Alex.
Lori Pavlicek – 4B Farms, Inc.
Lori co-owns 4B Farms, Inc. with her parents, Jim and Donna Butsch, and her brother Jeff. The farm grows garlic, hops, hazelnuts, grass seed, and a variety of row crops on 2,500 acres around the Mt. Angel, Gervais and Hubbard areas.
Lori graduated from George Fox College with a BS degree in Business Economics. She returned to the farm after traveling to Europe, and managing a start up frozen yogurt store in Tualatin.
Lori is a member of NORPAC and the Nut Growers Society of Oregon, in addition to being a past Marion County FSA Board member. After an 18 year run on the Mt. Angel Oktoberfest Board, she continues her community work by being the president of the Mt. Angel Foundation and a board member of the Providence Benedictine Nursing Center.
Lori has a very supportive husband, Derek, and two teen daughters, Olivia and Genavieve, who keep her busy and out of trouble.