Board of Directors
Kent Wright - President
Kent is a sixth generation cattle rancher, raised on the family ranch in the Saint John area of Whitman County, Washington. A 2004 graduate of St. John/Endicott High School, Kent received an Associate of Science and an Associate of Arts degree from Walla Walla Community College where he was also a scholar athlete on the baseball team. Kent then moved on to attend West Texas A&M University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology while also competing as a scholar athlete on the baseball team. Kent then moved on to attend Western Kentucky University earning his Master's of Science degree while also serving as a graduate assistant baseball coach to West Texas A&M University baseball team and pursuing a lifelong dream of playing professional baseball. After a career as a professional baseball player for various teams Kent moved on to serve as a player and a trainer for professional polo horses. Kent was chosen as a participant for the National Farmer's Union's Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program in 2012-2013. Kent still maintains a close connection with the family ranch Wright Way Angus and serves as the marketing and communications manager and assists in day to day operations as he is available.
Kent and Tiffany, his wife, enjoy being involved in agriculture and working to improve the industry. They have one son
Rich Boyd - Vice President
Rich Boyd has the true heart of a cowboy. With 30 years of experience as a police officer, Rich brings a very unique skill-set to the Northwest Farmers Union. Rich started as a reserve police officer in Portland, Oregon and then transferred to the Camas, Washington police department as a reserve police officer. While working as a reserve police officer Rich earned his Associates degree in Administration of Justice from Clark Community College. After this education a move to the LaCenter Marshals office was in order where he reached the rank of sergeant. Looking to push himself, Rich moved to an exciting career with the City of Gresham Police Department where he spent 23 years and has recently retired from. Rich’s work as a detective with the Gresham department, specializing in computer technology and computer forensics brings a well-rounded feel to the organization.
After growing up with a father in the cattle industry, Rich spent time working on a ranch as a ranch hand. The lifestyle appealed to him and he pushed himself to compete in various rodeo rough stock events during his youth. The love for agriculture and western life style has come full circle as Rich has bought a 20 acre farm where he has a small cattle business and is constantly striving to become more well rounded on his operation (Primal Farms) as well as his personal life. We are extremely excited to have Rich involved in the Northwest Farmers Union where we can have his valuable opinion on hand.
Brian Helsing - Treasurer
Brian Helsing was born in the sunny state of Florida, being raised on sunshine and sports. From the time he could walk through high school his life was revolving around baseball. A career ending injury in high school turned Brian’s focus to science instead of baseball.
In a Florida chemistry lab Brian met his future wife, a native of Washington, and headed for he wild and wonderful Northwest. Brian is fully ensconced in the northwest culture and any semblance of a Floridian seems to have washed away with the rainy days of the west coast.
After finishing his biology degree at Portland State in 2009 Brian and his wife started raising hens on their property. The pair was instantly sold on the idea of a self-sustainable backyard farm and have been working towards creating one ever since. Three hens on a quarter acre has grown into a small five acre farm where they produce their own fresh goat milk, eggs for trade, and fruits and vegetables for winter canning and storage.
As a driven person, it will be fun to work with Brian and his wife as they grow their operation and utilize their skill set to grow the Northwest Farmers Union.
Tiffany Wright - Secretary
Tiffany was born and raised in the small town of Milton-Freewater, Oregon. In her youth she competed in horse showing and was involved in 4-H and American Youth Quarter Horse Association. Since marrying Kent Wright in 2006, she has been learning about raising black angus cattle as Kent's family owns and operates Wright Way Angus.Though her professional career is as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, she has become more involved in making efforts to become an expert in the realms of agriculture specifically in sustainable living. Her latest endeavors include, but are not limited to: tending a well-rounded produce garden, attending local educational programs, and now holding a position as secretary on the board of directors for NWFU.
Peggy Wright - At Large Director (Washington)
Peggy Wright is a fifth generation farmer and rancher who grew up on a 250 head cattle ranch in the great state of Idaho. She knows about rural america as she went to school in a two room school house until the 7th grade. Peggy has experience in most facets of cattle production as she has many years of experience raising both commercial and registered cow calf pairs all the way to her experiene managing Ruehl and Arstein 12,000 head feedlot for 7 years. She has a pre-vet degree from Washington State University and continues to keep up on new agriculture practices through her 18 year career as the Whitman County noxious weed coordinator where she manages 2.1 million acres for weeds.
When she isn’t educating folks on noxious weeds Peggy can be found riding her horses out in her registered angus cattle herd. Her ranch (Wright Way Angus) is something she is constantly striving to improve with a passion that is very fun to experience.
Dustin Lustig - At Large Director (Idaho)
Dustin Lustig grew up on his family's farm and ranch located on the Camas Prairie in Idaho. He then went on to Lewis and Clark State College to earn a degree in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management. After college he began his career in the insurance industry working for Camas Prairie Insurance. Now, as a partner of that agency and of a cow/calf operation, he says that he feels blessed to have such a wonderful wife, Margaret Lustig, two kids and a lasting career in ranching as well as agricultural insurance. Regarding what he does for fun, he has the following to say, "We spend most of our free time enjoying outdoor Idaho. I have to admit, it is mostly on the farm, but the whole familys seems to love it!"
Matt Dahl - At Large Director (Oregon)
Matt Dahl and his family are currently living in Burns, Oregon where they are involved in the cattle industry.