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Board of Directors Names Kloes New AgForestry Executive Director

Matt Kloes has been named Executive Director of AgForestry. For the past six months Kloes has been the Interim President and Program Director. He has been AgForestry’s Program Director for four years.

Chair of the Board of Directors, Michael Broeckel, commented on the hiring process, “I couldn’t be more pleased with the diligence our hiring committee exhibited over the last 6 months.  The team met almost weekly, reviewed and discussed over 30 applications, and conducted 2 rounds of in-person interviews. This was one of the finest collaborative efforts I have ever been a part of.”

Of Kloes, Broeckel says, “Matt possesses a level of passion for AgForestry like none other, has fresh ideas to keep AgForestry as the premier leadership program in our state, and as a Class 36 graduate is a product of what AgForestry creates. It is my pleasure to announce him as the Executive Director of AgForestry.”

Kloes’ career has encompassed many different roles and responsibilities. Common threads throughout his professional experience include collaboration with diverse stakeholders to achieve common objectives, facilitating groups, and blending analysis with out of the box thinking to produce meaningful and actionable insights.

“Kloes says, “I am honored to lead this organization. I have witnessed firsthand the difference AgForestry makes in lives and communities in Washington state and beyond. I will work diligently with the Board, staff, and our community of alumni and supporters to perpetuate and build on the incredible legacy the organization has built over the past 41 years.”

Recognized as the premier leadership development program in Washington State, AgForestry offers hands-on learning experiences for people working in agriculture, forestry, fisheries and other natural resource-based businesses. Over 18 months, 11 multi-day, in-state seminars are presented on topics related to communications, social services, government, industry, crime and corrections, and transportation, as well as one week in Washington DC and two weeks in a selected foreign country.

AgForestry Leadership Class 10 graduate and executive director of the Washington Winegrowers Association, Vicky Scharlau, talked with Irrigation Leader Magazine about the state’s wine industry.

Read her interview here.

Japanese legislators touring an Olympia-based tree farm got recommendations on best practices from a small forestland owner as they sought information to aid their nation’s timber industry.

Ken (AgForestry Class 22) and Bonnie Miller recently hosted a tour of their forest to advise Japanese legislators and foresters on ideas to improve their forestry industries. 

Ed Orcutt (AgForestry Class 17) was also involved in the tour, discussing challenges from the political side.

Click here to read the full article.

Congratulations to Jim Wilcox, AgForestry Leadership Class One, for being honored with the Daniel J. Evans Nisqually Stewardship Award.

The Evans Award is presented every five years to an individual or organization who has demonstrated tremendous leadership in the stewardship of the Nisqually Watershed. Jim, a founding member of the Nisqually River Council and a member of the Puget Sound Partnership’s Leadership Council, has been an active voice for landowner stewardship, sustainable farming and business practices, and collaborative approaches to conservation.

A dinner and awards presentation will take place Wednesday, September 4, at Wilcox Family Farm in Roy, Washington. Ticket information can be found HERE.


Hannah Clark, Class 39 graduate, has written a commentary piece in the Capital Press about the national crisis of lost farmland, and more specifically, it's impact in the west.

Josh Heinicke a young fruit grower in Class 41 was featured in the July 2019 issue of Good Fruit Grower.

Thank you Kelly Bush (Class 25) for your 27 years of service in the United States Air Force.

And Congratulations on becoming a
Chief Master Sargent in the Air Force Guard.
(Which only 1% of those in the Air Force achieve)

Thank You for your service!

Read an interview with Phil Rigdon (Class 20) about restoring the Yakima Basin.

Hay Kings: Origins

Posted by Jon Paul Driver on Sunday, March 24, 2019

Jon Paul Driver (AgForestry Class 37) is the founder of Hay Kings a 38,000 member global forum for all things forage. Jon shared his inspiration for farming and the creation of Hay Kings.

Shawn Clawsen (Class 30) & Boe Clausen (Class 32) both of Warden, WA earn top state honors in a national corn yield contest. Click here to read more!

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