Greg Andrews has served as Pierce County’s Agriculture agent since 1985. His main program area focuses on: Conservation of Natural resources, Agricultural Leasing Education, and Dairy Modernization. Since 2013 Greg has also served as the ANRE Administrative Liaison and ANRE Team Coach.
In response to diminished soil conversation practices and a measurable increase in soil erosion rates in Pierce County, Greg partnered with other groups who shared an interest in soil conservation. He initiated a group of educational programs including the Successful Conservationist Newsletter, Better Planting Clinics, Conservation and Crop Management Filed Day, Pierce County No-Till Users Group and a farmer-led watershed group to address erosion issues on a sub-watershed basis. Conversations with participating farmers indicated that they increased limited-till and no-till practices in 2013.
One of the most common requests for agriculture agents is farmland rental rates. Greg has a long history of collecting this information. Greg has published the Pierce County Farmland Cash Rent study for many years and has developed educational materials that assist landlords and renters in establishing lease arrangements. Tenants, landlords, lending institutions and financial consultants benefit from this information as it brings a common understanding of value to the often contentious land rent negotiation process.
Greg makes farm visits with UW-Extension State Specialists and conducts educational farm tours showcasing farms that have modernized/improved their facilities. For example in 2012, 10 farms built new or upgraded their dairy cow, calf or heifer housing as a result of the farm visits and educational farm tours.
Pierce County has been the host county for Farm Technology Days (FTD). Greg used it as an opportunity to develop leaders in Pierce County. He developed a series of leadership activities and curriculum to be used with the 55 project co-chairs and executive committee members during the 15 months prior to FTD. Additionally, Greg assembled a work group that developed a format for determining the economic impact of FTD on host counties.
Greg was a co-leader for the Bio Energy Team and established Bio Energy Roundtables to further information sharing, collaboration and professional development. He also serves as the Team Coach for the Grains and Forage teams. In 2011, Greg received the ANRE Outstanding Agriculture Agent Award and received a State and National Distinguished Service Award from the respective Association of County Agriculture Educators in 2012.
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