Agricultural Advisory Committee

Agricultural Advisory Committee

The purpose of the Agricultural Advisory Committee is to advise the Board and Staff on the direction and success of farm and ranch support programming offered by HDFFA. This includes providing input on HDFFA programs and specific projects including educational events, workshops, and grant objectives that best meet the needs and interests of the Central Oregon farmer and rancher community.

Applications are now open for the 2023-24 Term! Apply before October 20th for full consideration.

Sheep at Double F Ranch
Sheep at Double F Ranch

About the Committee

The Agricultural Advisory Committee (AAC) was founded in May 2019 as a way for HDFFA to receive direct feedback from the farmers and ranchers it supports. Today, twelve HDFFA Partner farmers and ranchers from Central Oregon and a designated Board Member and Staff person set 2-4 priorities each year in relation to current programmatic work.

The Committee is made up of a majority of farmers and ranchers from each county (Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson) with representation from both beginning and experienced producers and small- and medium-scale operations. All members have a working knowledge of the organization’s mission, programs, and goals. Members commit to a one-year term starting in October with meetings occurring four times per year.

If you’re interested in joining HDFFA’s Agricultural Advisory Committee, please email

Current Members

  • Aaron Stubbs
    Aaron Stubbs Fibonacci Farm
  • Ashley Thompson
    Ashley Thompson Sungrounded Farm
  • Claudia Gutierrez
    Claudia Gutierrez High Desert Hogs
  • Courtney Schuur
    Courtney Schuur North 44 Farm
  • Frank Maricle
    Frank Maricle Well Rooted Farms
  • John Herman
    John Herman Lazy Z Ranch
  • Katia Steckly
    Katia Steckly Double F Ranch
  • Lisa Shaddox
    Lisa Shaddox Central Oregon Flower Collective, Hollyhock Hollow
  • Mary Beyer
    Mary Beyer Wine Down Ranch
  • Sarahlee Lawrence
    Sarahlee Lawrence Rainshadow Organics
  • Shannon Kane
    Shannon Kane Wild Grown Farm
  • Thomas Schuster
    Thomas Schuster Hive & Pine Farm

Andrea Smith, HDFFA Agricultural Support Manager – Committee Chair
Gordon Jones, Oregon State University Extension

Past members

Tracy Wilson, OSU Extension
James Radnich, Cultivate Farms
Gia Matzinger -Deschutes Canyon Garlic
Onda Hall-Hueners – Bluestone Natural Farms
Audrey Tehan – Seed to Table
Brian Lepore – Golden Eagle Organics
Cate Havstad Casad – Casad Family Farms

Danae Miller – Vaquero Valley Ranch
Jim Crocker – Crown C Farms
Jenna Pike – Splitting Aces Livestock
Michael Hueners – Bluestone Natural Farms
Victoria Tranca – Cascade Mountain Pastures
Clare Sullivan – Oregon State University Extension Service

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