MRC Members

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Associate Director Agricultural & Forestry Experiment StationUniversity of Alaska Fairbanks
Other 347 O'Neill Bldg. Fairbanks AK 99775-7200
Work Phone: 907-474-7429 Work Fax: 907-474-6184 Website: Visit Website
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AZ-CARET Representative W Dart Ranch
Home Cottonwood AZ
Work Phone: (928) 634-4333 Work Phone: (928) 634-7872 Website: W Dart Ranch
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Area Director USDA-ARS-PWA
Other 800 Buchanan St. Albany CA 94710-1105
Work Phone: 510-559-6060 Work Fax: 510-559-5779 Cell Phone: 510-684-6450 Website:
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Director Western Association of Agricultural Experiment Station DirectorsColorado State University
Other CAMPUS DELIVERY 4040 206 University Square, 1311 S. College Ave. Fort Collins CO 80523 USA
Work Phone: 970-491-6280 Work Fax: 970-491-6250 Website:

Mike has been the Executive Director since 2001.

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Assistant to the Director Western Association of Agricultural Experiment Station DirectorsColorado State University
Other Campus Delivery 4040 206 University Square, 1311 S. College Ave. Fort Collins CO 80523-4040 USA
Work Phone: 970-491-6280 Website:
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Associate Dean for Research and Deputy Director Agricultural Experiment StationColorado State University
Other 121 Shepardson Campus Delivery 1101 Fort Collins CO 80523 USA
Work Phone: 970-491-6274 Work Fax: 970-491-7396 Website: Visit Website
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Vice President for Engagement & Director of Extension Colorado State University
Other 1050 Campus Delivery Fort Collins CO 80523-1050
Work Phone: 970-491-2785

Lou Swanson is the Vice President for Engagement and Director of
Colorado State University Extension. He oversees CSU Extension,
Continuing Education, economic and community development, the Colorado
Water Research Institute, and the Bighorn Leadership Development

Dr. Swanson, a rural sociologist, obtained his bachelor’s degree in
political science at St. Andrews Presbyterian College, his master’s of
technology in international development from North Carolina State
University and his doctorate in rural sociology from Pennsylvania State
University. He was a professor in the University of Kentucky’s
Department of Sociology before joining CSU in 1997. He has served as
professor and chair of the CSU Sociology Department and associate dean
of the College of Liberal Arts. He has spent the majority of his career
focused on public policy associated with the sociology of agriculture
and rural community studies. A past president of the Rural Sociological
Society, he maintains an active research agenda centered on policy
issues associated with agriculture and rural development and community
change. He has written numerous journal articles and book chapters and
has authored or co-authored six books on rural communities in the United
States. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tunisia, as a Resident
Fellow at Resources for the Future, and in 2009 was recognized as an
Outstanding Alumni in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State

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Assistant Area Director USDA-ARS-NPA
Other 2150 Centre Avenue, Building D, Suite 300 Fort Collins CO 80526
Work Phone: 970-492-7058 Website: Visit Website
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Interim Associate Dean/Associate Director College of Tropical Agriculture & Human ResourcesUniversity of Hawaii
Other 3050 Maile Way - Gilmore Hall 203b Cooperative Extension Honolulu HI 96822-2231
Work Phone: 808-956-8397/8139

Extension Websites: <a href="Hawaii” rel=”nofollow”>“>Hawaii Water Quality Extension Program
<a href="Southwest” rel=”nofollow”>“>Southwest States and Pacific Islands Regional Water Program


Ph.D. University of Hawaii at Manoa, Agronomy & Soil Science
MS University of Hawaii at Manoa, Agronomy & Soil Science
BS Whitman College, Biology

Courses Taught AGRS 630, Agriculture and the Environment
NREM 605 Research Skills
NREM 210, Environmental Resources: Issues and
OptionsAGRS 492, Internship

Research/Extension Interests
Water quality and environmental education
Nutrient & Animal Waste Management
Soil and water conservation, with emphasis on cover cropping

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Director Agricultural Experiment StationUniversity of Idaho
Other PO Box 442337 Moscow ID 83844-2337
Work Phone: 208-885-6214 Work Fax: 208-885-4719 Website: Visit Website
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Director of Extension Montana State UniversityMSU Extension
Work P.O. Box 172230 Bozeman MT 59717-223
Work Phone: 406-994-1750
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Assocaite Dean of Resident Instruction University of NevadaDepartment of CABNR/NAES
Work University of Nevada Mail Stop 221 1664 North Virginia Street Reno NV 89557
Work Phone: 775-784-1095


B.Sc. Biochemistry, 1985 University of California, Davis
Ph.D. Biology, 1996 Michigan State University


Rubber Biosynthesis

The goal of this project is to determine how natural rubber is synthesized in plants. Natural rubber is required for the manufacture of thousands of products needed in daily life. Due to its superior performance properties, natural rubber is an irreplaceable material in the manufacture of many products, such as automobile and aircraft tires. Surprisingly, even with its high economic and strategic importance, the biosynthesis of rubber has been poorly characterized. Move than fifty years of biochemical experimentation has so far failed to identify the proteins required for rubber biosynthesis in plants. This is primarily due to the fact that the membrane associated rubber biosynthetic machinery is resistant to purification by classic biochemical methods. To circumvent this problem, proteomics, genomics and reverse genetic analyses will be used to functionally identify the genes/proteins required for rubber biosynthesis from two hyper-producing rubber species, guayule (Parthenium argentatum) and Russian dandelion (Taraxacum kok-saghyz). The novel approach used here represents the most rapid means of advancing our knowledge of rubber biosynthesis in plants and will lead to identification of genes/proteins that regulate the quantity and quality of natural rubber.

The gene-based resources generated from this research will be used for the improvement of current rubber producing crops and the development of alternative rubber producing domestic crops through genetic engineering and molecular breeding approaches. The development of domestic rubber producing crops will provide a number of benefits to the American public including: 1) decreased dependence on imported natural rubber, 2) the creation of a new high value commodity crops for the American farmer, 3) the generation of a hypoallergenic alternatives to Hevea derived rubber for persons with latex allergies and 4) decreased dependence on petroleum for the synthesis of synthetic polymers.

Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) Biosynthesis In Plants

Thiamin (Vitamin B1) deficiencies in humans can lead to a condition known as Beriberi that is manifested by severe neurological disorders and a general wasting phenomenon. This disease is primarily associated with poverty-stricken populations of developing countries whose diets subsist primarily of polished grain products such as polished rice or bleached wheat flour. A sustainable solution to thiamin deficiencies in humans would be to increase the nutritional content of staple food crops that endogenous populations of the world commonly consume. By genetic engineering crops for increased thiamin, it should be possible to positively impact the nutritional needs of the global population. Unfortunately, the major impediment to this effort is a current lack of knowledge pertaining to the biosynthesis of thiamin in plants. We are using a combination of biochemical, molecular, and genomic-based approaches to dissect the regulatory mechanisms controlling thiamin biosynthesis in plants. The increased biosynthetic knowledge obtained through our research will be important for the rational design of crops engineered for elevated thiamin levels for improved human and animal nutrition.

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Photo of Glen Whipple
Associate Dean/Director Cooperative Extension ServiceUniversity of Wyoming
Other 1000 E. University Avenue, Dept. 3354 Laramie WY 82071
Work Phone: 307-766-5124

Academic Degrees:
PhD Agricultural Economics – Washington State University – 1980
MS Economics – Brigham Young University – 1976
BA Economics – Brigham Young University – 1974

Areas of Expertise:
Ag Marketing
Wool and Sugar
International Trade

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