Peerbolt Crop Management
Copyright 2009 - 2014
Tom Peerbolt, Senior Consultant, created Peerbolt Crop Management (PCM) in 1992. He writes the Small Fruit Update newsletter and heads up the on-farm variety trials. He oversees all aspects of the business, interacts with clients, and actively particiates in promoting communication and cooperation between growers, processors, industry representatives, and public sector institutions.
Anna Peerbolt is in charge of the office end of the business. She is the office manager and bookkeeper, overseeing the budgets and payroll. She assists in writing grants and works with various granting agencies in administring the grants. She is PCM's webmaster and works closely with PCM's contract technology experts. She has no background in horticulture, however she has picked up a good deal of insect and disease details. Her real background is in journalism, with sideroads into marketing, advertising and graphics.
Jason Myer, who started with us as a scout during the 2011 season, became our Field-Scout Associate/GIS Manager in 2012 and in 2013 Scout Supervisor and Field Research Associate. He grew up in a farming community in Michigan and has a BS in Environmental Sciences from Michigan State University (ecology, biology, entomology, chemistry and natural resource management). After graduation, he spent two years in West Africa as an Agroforestry Specialist for the Peace Corps. At PCM he supervises the scouts, creates maps, interacts with growers, and attends meetings.
Lora Liegel is the Projects Coordinator and began working for PCM in February 2013. This new position includes helping organize the on-farm trials projects, working with the Oregon Strawberry Commission on fresh market production, and scouting field sites. Lora's agricultural experience is diverse, having worked on several CSA farms, for the USDA-ARS in Corvallis, and with farmers in SE Idaho. She has earned a BA in Geography from Oregon State University and an MA in Social Science, Environment & Community, from Humboldt State University.
Julie Pond, who has worked for PCM since March 2008 as our Scout Supervisor and Research Associate, is now a full-time mom at home with daughters Fiona and Lydia. We are fortunate that she will be able to work for us from home using our Ag Reports website to create email reports for growers based on data collected by our scouts. She will also occasionally attend Commission and/or grower meetings, plus help us with special projects. She has a 2006 Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a major in Horticulture and a minor in Biotechnology from the University of Saskatchewan.
Claire Hafdahl This is Claire’s first year as a seasonal scout with PCM. She brings horticultural and entomological expertise, having earned her master’s degree in Biosciences from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Her work focused on plant and pollination issues. She has also worked as a Market Manager for a diversified vegetable and fruit farm in Duluth.
Rachel Glaeser This is Rachel’s first year as a seasonal scout with PCM. Most recently, she was conducting research on a butterfly species for her master’s degree work. She graduated from WSU-Vancouver in 2014. She has also led several surveys on plant-insect interactions.
Micah Shepard is in his third year scouting fields for PCM in the Salem area. A graduate of Oregon State University with a degree in Horticulture, he studied plant physiology, IPM, weed management, plant pathology, soils, and a number of production electives. He has also worked in greenhouse pest management.
Glen McHargue has wide-ranging experience in the environmental sciences. This is his fourth season scouting for PCM. He is our fill-in scout, which means he will scout fields from south of Salem to north of Vancouver. He is a 2006 graduate of Humbolt State University with a BS in Natural Resource Planning. He is kept busy during the winter by his woodworking business.