Wittman Farms

The Crew

Wittman Farms is a fifth-generation operation dating back to the 1920s.  Today, the operation includes five family principals that together manage the diverse crop, cattle and timber operations.

R.L. (Dick) Wittman
Chairman and CEO

Dick is responsible for coordinating strategic and financial planning, investments, and business succession. He also does part-time consulting with family farm businesses (wittmanconsulting.com).  Dick joined the ranch in 1980 following eight years with the Farm Credit System in Spokane, WA and Washington, DC.  He is an alumnus of the University of Idaho (Agricultural Economics) and the University of Utah (MBA).  He has served on several boards including the Twin River National Bank, USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council (past president), and the Nez Perce County Cattlemen’s Association.  He is the founding director and past president of the Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association and serves on the national Farm Financial Standards Council board of directors.  His wife Dawn served as director of the Lewiston City Library prior to retirement in 2012, and they have five grown children: Hannah, Matt, Marci, Katie and Cori.

Todd Wittman
Agronomy, Conservation and Equipment Service

Todd is responsible for crop production, conservation and equipment service. Todd received college training in electronics and recording. After working in the Lewiston area for a few years he joined the ranch in the late 1980s and became a partner in 1994. He serves on the board for the Nez Perce Soil & Water Conservation District (including several years as Chairman) and the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council. Todd and his wife DeeAnn (employed by Nez Perce County Commissioners) have seven children: Josh, Lauren, Eric, Alex, Skyler, Jay and Lexi.

Pete Wittman
Cattle Production, Grain Storage and Hunting

Pete oversees the farm’s Managed Recreation Program and manages the cattle enterprise. He received a degree in Agribusiness from the University of Idaho in 2003; he interned with the USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council and served as a Research Associate for the Department of Ag Economics while in college.  He was employed by Farm Credit Services from 2003-2007 as an Agricultural Loan Officer and serves on the boards of the Nez Perce County Cattlemen’s Association and the Idaho Cattle Association.  Pete is married to Julie Kelsey, daughter of a New York dairy farmer, who completed her PhD in Animal Physiology and worked for Elanco.  They have two children: Brooke and Wyatt.

Cori Wittman
Human Resources, Finance, Marketing

Cori manages the human resource, finance, marketing and administrative functions of the operation.  She is a graduate of the University of Idaho (BS Business, BA Spanish, minor in Ag Economics) and holds an MS-Agribusiness from Kansas State University. Cori worked in the agricultural policy arena of Washington D.C. for six years, including positions with the U.S. Grains Council, American Farm Bureau Federation, National Association of Wheat Growers and she served as Legislative Assistant for former Senator Larry Craig. She spent five years in Thailand as founding director of Breakthrough Thailand, a community development organization working toward prevention of sex trafficking before returning to a primary role on the farm in 2015.

Tom Conklin
Precision Ag and Safety

Tom is the operation’s precision agriculture and safety specialist. He is a graduate of the University of Idaho (BS-Interdisciplinary Studies) and spent twelve years as a U.S. Naval Officer. His responsibilities with the Navy included being an F/A-18-A-F pilot, an instructor pilot and Landing Signal Office (LSO) for the Pacific fleet; he continues to serve in the Navy Reserve. Tom and his wife Katie Wittman joined the operation in 2015. Katie holds a Masters in Counseling and teaches university courses online. They have two children: Maya and Caleb.

Other Team Members 

Robert Wittman, a former partner who retired in 2013, continues in a part-time role as an equipment operator.  The team is also rounded out by a dozen full and part-time seasonal employees who share our vision, values and commitment to excellence.

Read more about our mission and values here.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “The Crew

  1. Hello, I am Amber Lyn Dinges, I teach English as a second language at the University of Idaho American Language and Cultural Program in Moscow. I would like to do a unite on farming in the local area. I was wondering, if Dick or someone from your organization would be willing to make a presentation to my students. I know at one time you had samples of all the grains you grew, which would be excellent for my students to see. My students are level 3, so the language needs to be straight forward, with lots of pictures. The class in one hour long, so about a 40 45 min presentation with time for questions. I was hoping to put this unit into the schedule around the 5th week of this session, which would be Tuesday or Thursday June 22 or 24. But if this time frame doesn’t work, with your time, I could alter the schedule to accommodate your time requirements. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
    Warmest Regards,
    Amber Lyn Dinges
    adinges@uidaho.edu

  2. Dick,I could not have enjoyed your timely meeting on succession planning more. I would like very much to purchase information which I can share with my family. Thank you again for your excellent presentation. Frank

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