Brian L. Field – Senior Advisor
Growing up on a working range livestock and hay ranch in southwestern Colorado gave Brian a strong background and a vested interest in agriculture. As a member of a four-generation Colorado ranching family, his responsibilities encompassed all areas of farm and ranch life from direct production to business and financial management. As an active member of the nation’s premier youth leadership organization, the FFA, Brian served as State President of the Colorado FFA Association and obtained the organization’s highest degree, the American Farmer, in 1980.
After completing his agricultural business education at Colorado State University in 1983, Brian began his working career in the cattle feeding industry. He started as the marketing and placement representative for a 30,000 head cattle feeding operation located in Greeley and Wellington, Colorado where he continued to serve as vice president and senior loan officer for the financial division of the feedlot. Brian traveled the inter-mountain west extensively as the direct marketing and financial contact between beef producers and their feedlot operations in Colorado.
Shortly before his marriage to Laurel T. Simpson in 1985, Brian began his career with the agricultural investments group of Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in Billings, Montana. As a long-term finance team member, he was responsible for the development and servicing of MetLife’s agricultural mortgage investment portfolio throughout Montana and portions of the Dakotas and Idaho. In 1988 he was selected to represent MetLife’s Agricultural Investments Group as an interim member of MetLife’s Capital Markets and Real Estate Investment offices in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1990 he rejoined MetLife’s Agribusiness Group as an Agricultural Investments Consultant and relocated to Portland, Oregon, specializing in agribusiness and timber investments throughout the Northwest.
In the fall of 1992, Brian founded Harvest Capital Company, specializing in agribusiness investment banking and commercial agricultural mortgage transactions in the Northwest. In addition to agricultural mortgage investment lending, the Harvest Group of companies is involved in commercial and agricultural real estate management and development.
Brian’s service to the future of the agricultural industry has continued over the years as well as through his involvement as a member of the board of directors of the Oregon FFA Foundation, as an Operations Board member of the Oregon FFA Association and as a member of the Individual Giving Council of the National FFA Foundation. He currently serves as an advisor to Alpha Beta Chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity in Corvallis, Oregon.