I grew up on
a small irrigated farm in Southern Idaho and received a B.S. in Agriculture
from the University of Idaho. After graduation, went to Turkey on an
exchange program. Upon return I worked for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
as a Soil Scientist. Because of my experience, the Peace Corps recruited me
to go to Turkey as one of a small number of agricultural volunteers. I
started out in Mersin, moved to Ankara and ended my tour in the village of
near Denizli, working on a poultry project. After getting out of the Peace
Corps, George Park and I took the bus to Graz where we rented a car and
mostly camped through Austria, Germany and Scandinavia before returning to
the Peace Corps, I attended graduate school at Colorado State University and
the University of Wisconsin, ending up with Ph.D. in Agricultural
Economics. I returned to Turkey on a Fulbright Graduate Research fellowship
and wrote my thesis on the cotton and cotton textile industry. After
receiving my Ph.D., I went to work for the Economic Research Service (ERS)
at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Shortly after joining ERS, I went
for several months Viet Nam as part of a team making recommendations for the
agricultural sector. Following this I took a long term assignment to work
with the Bureau of Agricultural Economics in the Philippines. I spent
almost 5 years there providing technical assistance for doing economic
studies of the agricultural sector.
from the Philippines, I joined the Foreign Agricultural Service where I
managed food aid and agricultural credit programs for Asia and the Middle
East. When I first joined FAS, there was a famine going on in Bangladesh.
We were sending large amounts of food aid there and I went there several
times. Using food aid as a lever we were successful in getting the
Bangladesh government to move to a more market oriented approach and take
action independently. As a consequence, when drought struck again in Africa
and the sub continent, Bangladesh arranged additional imports above what it
was getting in food aid and avoided a famine.
While I was
with the Foreign Agricultural Service, I traveled to most countries in Asia
and the Middle East, spending time in Korea, Thailand, Philippines,
Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Yemen, Turkey, Egypt, and Iraq. The U.S.
was friends with Iraq at this time because of the Iran, Iraq war. I also
attended debt restructuring meetings chaired by the IBRD in Paris for
In 1990, I
left the Foreign Agricultural Service to join Chemonics as Director of a
technical assistance project with the Ministry of Agriculture in Egypt. The
project was to assist the Ministry improve its agricultural information
services. After returning from Egypt, I went on the first World Bank teams
to Turkmenistan and Tajikistan as the agricultural expert.
In 1994, I
went Albania on a project as the Agricultural Policy advisor with Winrock
International. During that time civil unrest occurred and I was evacuated
via helicopter. I returned for a short time afterwards, but most of the
project equipment was looted and nothing much was ever accomplished. I also
remarried in Albania and now have 13 year son.
returning from Albania in 1998, I had a couple of short term jobs to Croatia
and Kosova. Since then I have been living in Northern Virginia area,
working at various jobs, dabbling in real estate and supporting my wife, who
is an astrophysicist. For the last several years, I have been working at
the State Departmentís Refugee Processing Center.
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