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Rural Structure and Infrastructure

2019 Ag Chairs Summit
July 15, 2019
3:15 pm to 4:30 pm
Imperial 1-2-3

Road Trains | Senator Larry Luick, North Dakota

A New Way to Think About Paying for Roads | Representative Brad Witt, Oregon

Wildfire Response | Representative Tom Dent, Washington

Aspen Pre-Suppression Fire Technique | Representative Stewart Barlow, Utah

Volcano and Hurricane Response | Senator Clarence Nishihara, Hawaii

Disaster Response | Commissioner Sid Miller, Texas

Rural Structure and Infrastructure


Sid Miller

Dept. of Agriculture

Commissioner Sid Miller was first elected to the Texas House in 2000, serving as Chair of the Agriculture Committee. In 2014 he was elected as Agriculture Commissioner. A former Ag teacher, the Commissioner breeds and trains American Quarter Horses and is a recognized rodeo cowboy who holds ten world championship titles. [node:read-more:link]

Clarence Nishihara


Currently in his fourth term, Senator Nishihara served in the Department of Education for 20 years as a special education teacher and 10 years as a school administrator. [node:read-more:link]

Brad Witt

Oregon House of Representatives

Representative Witt started in the House in 2005. Prior to entering the legislature he served on the State Boards of Forestry, Watershed Enhancement and the Forest Resources Institute.  His deep respect for nature also led to co-chairing the bi-state Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership. He has worked in some aspect of the lumber industry since his first job in a saw mill to pay his way through college. Witt is a member of the SARL Board. [node:read-more:link]

Stewart Barlow

Utah House of Representatives

Representative Barlow works as a physician and surgeon specializing in Otolaryngology. He won his first seat in the House in 2014. [node:read-more:link]

Tom Dent

Washington House of Representatives

Representative Dent was first elected in 2014. He is a professional pilot, flight instructor and owner of Tom Dent Aviation, a crop dusting business. [node:read-more:link]


Eric Wareham

VP Government Affairs
Western Equipment Dealers Association

Eric Wareham serves as a Director of Government Affairs at Western Equipment Dealers Association. Before joining WEDA, he served as in-house counsel for Kerr Contractors, Vice President of Government Relations for the Western Wood Preservers Institute and numerous staff positions in the Oregon State Legislature. [node:read-more:link]