For more than 35 years, Mr. Olson has actively participated in the operations of farms and agriculture-related businesses. His experience ranges from family farmer to running a food processing company to being a corporate farmer to starting his own integrated produce farming, packing, and marketing company. He also founded and managed Earth Resources Data Corporation, a high-tech multi-spectral remote sensing company. He is currently a consultant to varied agriculture business clients.

Mr. Olson has farmed using conventional chemical agricultural methods as well as using organic and sustainable growing methods. He has grown, packed and marketed a wide range of vegetable, fruit, flowers, grain and seed crops.

Mr. Olson received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pacific and his MBA from California State University at Sacramento.