Seth Hoyt has 35 years of agricultural marketing experience, plus his hands on cattle and hay marketing experience from his days on the family ranch where he grew up. His involvement with the family beef cattle operation earned Hoyt the Star Livestock Farmer of California award from the F.F.A. his Senior year in High School and the American Farmer Degree in F.F.A. his Junior year at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Hoyt began his work career in the early 1970’s as a Livestock Receiving Manager at the Armour and Company packing plant in Dixon, California. He was also a cattle and sheep buyer and managed a 5,000 head lamb feedlot on the premises. Part of his duties were buying alfalfa hay for the many thousands of lambs and older sheep that were fed in the pens at the plant each year.
Hoyt began a 23 year career with the Market News Branch in the he California Department of Food and Agriculture in 1974. As an Assistant and Senior Marketing Specialist he reported the markets on sheep and cattle in northern California and filled in as a reporter on cattle, sheep, grain, and hay market reporting throughout California. In the mid 1980’s Hoyt was promoted to a position in Sacramento where he supervised the livestock, hay, grain, egg, and poultry market reporting in California. He was promoted to Chief of the Branch in 1994 and held that position until the program closed in 1996.
After serving one year as Manager of the California Agricultural Export Program, Hoyt accepted a position as Officer-In-Charge of the USDA Livestock and Grain Market News office in Moses Lake, Washington. He reported the hay Market in California and supervised the cattle and hay reporting in the Pacific Northwest.
Hoyt began his work with the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service in Sacramento in 1998 as a State employee in a Federal program. As a Senior Agricultural Economist most of Hoyt’s work was that of an Agricultural Statistician. His greatest satisfaction was writing articles and giving talks on the hay and forage market conditions in California and the West, which was not part of his regular duties.
Hoyt’s in-depth experience and many contacts will give subscribers the latest information on market factors impacting alfalfa and other forages in western states, including dairy, beef, hay imports/exports, retail/horse, water, and other developments that impact hay market trends.
Bruce Anderson – Professor of Agronomy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Glenn Shewmaker – Professor, University of Idaho
Glenn Shewmaker is a professor for the University of Idaho specializing in alfalfa quality and forage management. He leads the state-wide Extension forage management program, as well as conducting alfalfa variety trials. Shewmaker’s awards include the Don Hale Hall of Fame Award presented by the Idaho Forage Association and a Merit Award from the American Forage and Grassland Council. Glenn received his Ph.D. from Utah State University and his M.S. and B.S. from the University of Idaho.
Dr. Emily Glunk is Assistant Professor and Forage Extension Specialist for Montana State University. She received her B.S. in Animal Bioscience at Penn State University, her M.S. in Animal Science at North Carolina State University and her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. She specializes in livestock and equine grazing and the interaction between forage, soil and animals.
Professor Combs conducts research in forage utilization and ruminal digestion of fiber by dairy cows. He researches the utilization of pastures and development of energy and protein supplement programs for grazing cattle as well as the intake regulation in high producing dairy cows.
Don Miller is currently the director of Product Development for Alforex Seeds and is based out of Nampa, Idaho. During his 35-year career in the public and private industry, Miller has authored or co-authored numerous agricultural publications and conducted 300 plus training seminars for universities and grower organizations. Miller has developed or co-developed 150 alfalfa, six red clover and one Teff variety during his plant breeding career. He is a past president of the Western Society of Crop Science; the Western Alfalfa Improvement Conference and has served two 4-year terms on the National Alfalfa Variety Review Board.
As director of Product Development, Miller has been deeply involved with the development of the Alforex alfalfas with the Salinity and Hi-Gest Low Lignin technologies, as well as their adaption by progressive growers all across the U.S.
President, Harvest Tec, Inc., Hudson, Wisconsin. Although he received his degree in mechanical engineering, Jeff has reluctantly adapted to the world of electronic innovation over the years since founding the company in 1983. Now he fully embraces the use of electronics in the sensing and control in the harvesting of forages. He currently holds eleven patents on the use of sensing and control system, all of which improve the operation of balers and forage harvesters. His system designs have been incorporated world-wide into implements manufactured by Ago, Case, John Deere and New Holland. His innovations have been generated by observing the harvest challenges both on his own alfalfa farm and in all regions of the U.S. and more recently around the world participating in field training in four European countries, Australia, China, Canada and Mexico.
The main emphasis Jeff has focused on is the improvement in the consistency and quality thru the harvesting process of alfalfa. Hopefully he can help reverse the current direction where baled alfalfa is losing ground in its share of the nutrition provided to the dairy industry.