I am a graduate of Oklahoma State University where I received a B.S. & M.S. degree in Agronomy. Prior to working with EPA I experienced great learning opportunities working for both Farm Service Incorporated in Arkansas as an Agriculture Crop Consultant and the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, as a County Agriculture Agent delivering crop production technical assistance, and educational assistance in livestock and row crop production. Since that time I have worked 25 years in Region 7, Environmental Protection Agency agriculture related programs. In my current position with EPA, I advise the R7Administrator & Program Directors on agricultural issues and serve as a liaison with agricultural organizations and agencies. I was also deployed to Afghanistan in 2008 & 2009 on a one year tour of duty with the US Army which enabled me to experience Afghan agriculture production.