John Hewlett is a Ranch/Farm Management Specialist at the University of Wyoming and member of the regional RightRisk and Risk Navigator teams. He also coordinated past efforts of the regional WIRE program. He grew up in Washington State, where he worked eight years (four as foreman) on a large stocker-cattle/crop operation. John holds a BS degree in Agricultural Business from Montana State University and a M.S. degree in Agricultural Economics from Oregon State University.
He came to the University of Wyoming, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics in 1987. Since then he has been involved in a number of state and regional extension programs, receiving two Agricultural & Applied Economics Association awards for professional excellence, five Western Agricultural Economics Association awards for outstanding extension programs, three Western Extension Directors awards of excellence, two UW Cooperative Extension awards for creative excellence, the Jim DeBree Excellence in Cooperative Extension award, a National Association of County Agricultural Agents Distinguished Service award, and nine other regional or national awards.
Over his career, John has been involved in over 100 grant-funded projects totaling over $8.6M, contributed to 20 books or book chapters, 13 journal articles, 30 abstracts, 86 extension bulletins, 32 fact sheets, over 300 popular press articles, 47 web sites, 37 web courses/online tools, presented over 100 professional presentations/webinars, and over 550 extension programs. In addition, he has had the privilege of traveling and making presentations to agricultural operators in Australia, Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand.
He is co-owner/partner of a Laramie Valley, WY commercial family farm that hosts dairy goats, meat goats, sheep and lambs, rabbits, layers, broilers, and turkeys. His is also co-owner/partner of a fresh produce buyer’s club and two consulting firms, including RightRisk, LLC.
John's current extension interests include risk management, integrated management, enterprise assessment, financial analysis, recordkeeping, and applications of technology in agricultural.