Meet our Board

Lark Carter-Director

Lark Carter grew up in Iowa during the depression years of the 1930’s, and has observed the evolution of American agriculture from horse drawn plows and open pollinated corn, to the highly sophisticated and computerized farm equipment, lazier leveled fields and genetic biotechnology of today.  Throughout his career, he had the opportunity to work with the people of many nations and cultures, and gained extensive first-hand knowledge of world agriculture. 


Dr. Carter was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the USAF during the Korean conflict and served as an Air Intelligence Officer in Japan from 1954 - 1956.  After completing his Ph.D. in Agronomy at Iowa State University he gained experience in university teaching, research and administration at Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana from 1960 - 1980.  He was involved in numerous international agriculture projects that took him to Ethiopia, Egypt, Liberia and Niger in Africa; Japan, China, Indonesia, India and Pakistan in the Far East; Turkey, Syria and Jordan in the middle-east, and Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union.  In 1980-81 he directed the Office of Higher Education at the USDA, in Washington, DC.  As Dean of Agriculture at Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, from 1981-91, Dr. Carter assisted with Cal Poly’s involvement as lead support university in the establishment of EARTH (Escuela de Agricultura de la Region Tropical Humeda), a new college of agriculture located in Costa Rica.  From 1992-94 he was employed by the US Agency for International Development in Washington, DC. He co-authored three agronomy text books that have been translated from English into Spanish and Arabic.  He retired at his home in San Luis Obispo, in 1994. 


 In addition to agriculture and education I have always valued music as an important part of my life.  I sang tenor II with the Vocal Arts Ensemble from 2003 to 2015.