Kurt began his career as a fieldman for Rogers Seed Company in 1974 in Twin Falls, Idaho. In 1980 he moved to Colfax, Washington as Plant Manager and later to Othello, Washington as Operations Manager. In 1995 Kurt and Chris purchased and carried forward a dry pea breeding program form Rogers Seed Company. This business became ProGene Plant Research in 1996 when Kurt and Chris bought out Stubbs Seed Service’s interest.
This past year, Kurt supported several International Year of Pulses events and activities, both domestically and at the international level. He and his crew planted plots next on the Moscow-Pullman Highway next to the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council Industry Office. The plots featured a wide variety of pulses, each labeled and a sign inviting the public to check out the plots up close. Nearly every day, all summer, there were visitors stopping to investigate the different varieties planted.
Kurt serves on several USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council and US Pea & Lentil Trade Association committees and is a loyal supporter of the pea, lentil, chickpea and dry bean industry. Over the years, Kurt has helped with the Grower meeting with plant breeding demonstrations, pulse passport activities and presented a variety of information for the growers.