Last Updated: 06/27/17

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Morgan Boyd

Morgan grew up working on Pepper Creek Family Farm and took ownership of the family farm in 2015. He is a proud member of the Farmer Veteran Coalition and is Homegrown by Heroes Certified. Morgan served 12.5 years in the United States Army and was medically retired as a Captain in 2014. He is a combat veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan. More

Throughout his career in the Army, Morgan served in the Armor and Military Intelligence Branch holding multiple leadership positions from squad leader to Company Commander. Morgan holds a Master’s of Public Policy from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. His primary research focused on the causality of veteran unemployment and sustainable agriculture policy.

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Eric Boyd

Mr. Boyd grew up working on Pepper Creek Family Farm until he joined the Army at 17 with his brother Morgan Boyd as a Cavalry Scout. Eric completed two tours in Iraq and was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds received in Fallujah, Iraq during his first tour. He was honorably discharged from service before attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he received his B.S. in Soils Science. More

Upon graduation Eric attended the Veterans Sustainable Agriculture Training course (VSAT) in Escondido, California. He has since been hired to develop and teach a course on "Sustainable Soils Management" through VSAT, where he continues to teach today. Currently, Eric is in the process of completing his Master’s Degree in Soil Science at Cal Poly.


Sean Hurley

Dr. Hurley is an Agricultural Production Economist trained at Iowa State University. His primary research focus is on the economic feasibility of using new technologies in agricultural production. Specifically, he is currently studying the usage and feasibility of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) utilizing hyperspectral imagery to detect water stress in grapes. He also has active research projects investigating the usage of vermicomposting in agriculture both as a soil amendment and as a way of taking nitrogen out of dairy manure. More

In the past, Dr. Hurley has analyzed the usage and viability of methane digesters on California dairies. He has also examined the California regulatory environment and its effects on agricultural production.

Dr. Hurley has taught 13 different courses in the Agribusiness Department at Cal Poly spanning agricultural production economics, quantitative analysis, business modeling, strategy formulation, finance, and marketing. Currently he is teaching courses in intermediate-level agricultural economics, data analysis using spreadsheets, and decision tools for agribusiness problems.

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