Dick  Wittman

Dick Wittman is former manager and board chair of a 20,000-acre crop, cattle and timber operation in Idaho and also provides consulting services on a part‑time basis to agri-busi­nesses and farmer/ranchers.  After receiving degrees in Ag Economics from the University of Idaho and an MBA from the University of Utah, Wittman worked for the Farm Credit System from 1972-1980 concluding his lending career with the Farm Credit Administration in Washing­ton, D. C., where he supervised Farm Credit operations covering 17 states in the East, mid‑West, and Southern U. S.

Wittman has consulted throughout the U. S., Canada, and Australia on financial management, process improvement, developing management systems and business relationship and transition planning.  In January, 2004, he released a 271-page guidebook entitled Building Effective Farm Management Systems.  The guidebook provides a toolkit for commercial-size family farm business to define their ultimate vision and put in place a professional management and transition process that will lead to that goal.

Wittman is a founding member, director and past president of the Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association, has been an active leader and director on several industry, community and financial institution boards, and is an adjunct faculty member of Texas A&M University teaching annually at the TEPAP Ag Executive Program in Austin, Texas since 2003 and the King Ranch® Institute for Ranch Management.  He is a past president and member of the board of the Farm Financial Standards Council and also serves on a national advisory board for Environmental Defense Fund providing policy development leadership in sustainability initiatives and climate change legislation impacting agriculture.  He has served on the Farm Journal’s Legacy Institute Board of Advisers focusing on succession planning since 2013.