Dan Gorton is the Facility and Farm Manager for WSU Mount Vernon NWREC and oversees all aspects of managing the NWREC operations, maintenance and improvements, farm services, and both strategic and emergency responses for facility repairs. He also has responsibility for Federal Excess Property at NWREC and CAHNRS statewide locations. Dan first worked at WSU Puyallup in 1990 as a timeslip worker for the Dairy program. After attending Walla Walla Community College where he took classes in Ag Science, Ag Business, Animal Science and Diesel Mechanics, he worked for 2 years on a cattle ranch in Kittitas County. In 1998 Dan was hired as Farm Equipment Operator at WSU Puyallup and in 2000 he transferred to WSU Mount Vernon as Maintenance Mechanic 1 (MM1). He quickly moved through the ranks to MM2, Constructions and Maintenance Project Specialist, and in 2012 became AP Manager. Dan enjoys helping the research programs succeed, he works with our WSU family of coworkers statewide, and he especially likes that no two days are the same. Outside work, Dan loves spending time with his wife Valerie and their two sons, hunting, fishing, camping, and traveling. Dan and Val also raise beef and have a large garden they enjoy.