Bachelor of Science, Iowa State University, 1971. Master of Science in International Law, University Amsterdam, 1994.
Executive director, Center Rural Studies, San Francisco, 1976-1981; research manager, Miller Meester Advertising, Bloomington, Minnesota, 1981-1984; farm policy analyst, Minnesota Department Agriculture, St. Paul, 1984-1987; agriculture trade policy analyst, Minnesota Department Agriculture, St. Paul, 1987-1990; executive director, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Minneapolis, since 1990.
Co-chairman, founder League Rural Voters, 1984-1988.
Married Nancy Elinor Gaschott, June 12, 1980. 1 child, Rachel Anne.