by Dale L. Schurter
oversees the Agriculture Education and Research Institute, which is a division of Ambassador Center
, the modern continuation of the original Ambassador College.Source: The Restored Church of God
"In the spring of 1966 Mr. Schurter headed up the [educational, research, production and extension] program…and continued as Ag Department head until 1975…The four areas of effort during the first seven years were research, with a view to recapturing true values in agriculture, student education, extension services (including some soil testing and fertilizer sales) and production."
Outstanding results: Above, Mr. Schurter
is pictured in a buckwheat field during a visit to Guyana, South America, where he
worked with government leaders and local officials to increase the level of food production in the nation.
Source: The Restored Church of God
A pepper plant produces fruit as a result of these efforts.Source: The Restored Church of God
Black-eyed peas are grown using sustainable farming practices taught by Mr. Schurter.Source: The Restored Church of God
and colleagues also organized outreach programs and informational workshops designed to educate the public about biblical agriculture techniques and help those who wanted to implement the practices in their gardens or on their farms.
For his work serving the Big Sandy community, Mr. Schurter was awarded the Upshur County Building Award.
While visiting world leaders, Mr. Armstrong would often invite them to Big Sandy
to tour the farm and ranch, and Mr. Schurter
would be their escort.
From 1978 to 1982, Mr. Schurter
visited 23 countries around the world (many several times) to teach biblical agriculture.
To date, he
has taught these principles in 40 nations.
Through the Ambassador Foundation of the Worldwide Church of God
, a project very special to Mr. Armstrong, Mr. Schurter
and others conducted work in Thailand.
designed and helped implement a successful soil equilibrium and crop rotation program for the region.
Another example of Mr. Schurter's
overseas work involved establishing community development efforts in Guyana, South America.
At the time, he
was working with then-Prime Minister Hamilton Green, national government officials, educational instructors, and local chieftains to augment the level of sustainable food production in the country.
These efforts, the broadest project he
has undertaken, yielded a 300 percent citrus increase and an average 45 percent increase in other crops with extensive involvement of the local population, in addition to other nationwide benefits.
These are a few examples of similar work accomplished in many other countries as well.
After Mr. Armstrong died in 1986, Mr. Schurter established the Agricultural Consulting Institute, Inc.
For contributions in agricultural education and field instruction, and advice in soil fertility and animal husbandry, Mr. Schurter
was made an honorary citizen of the city of Bilka, Ukraine.
was also inducted as a charter member of the "Wall of Fame" of Acres U.S.A.
Key meeting: During a consulting trip, Vitaly Maksutenko (left), director of a journalism firm, facilitated a meeting between Mr. Schurter and Oleksander Tsarenko (right), Ukraine's Director of the Sumy Agriculture Region, to discuss agricultural and economic growth needs in the area.Source: The Restored Church of God
A booklet called World Crisis in Agriculture was originally co-authored by Mr. Schurter
in 1969 to use as a tool for teaching people worldwide about God's principles of agriculture.
The concept for the book you hold in your hand was inspired by the results of the work accomplished through the agriculture program, recorded in Mr. Schurter's master's thesis at Ambassador College.