District I Wheat (Spokane, Lincoln, Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille)
Mike Carstensen is the current chairman of the Washington Grain Commission. He has an undergraduate degree in business management and accounting and an MBA with an emphasis in economics, worked for Farm Credit Services before following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather and returning to the family farm full-time in 1985.
Mike and his wife, Lorie, farm with their son, Justin Carstensen and his wife, Theresa. Two older sons, Blinn and Jake, work off the farm. Carstensen also serves on the boards of HighLine Grain Growers, a cooperative and shuttle train loader and Tri-Cities Grain, a barge loading river terminal.
His dryland farm, which receives about 12 inches of precipitation annually, is in a three year rotation raising soft white wheat, club wheat and feed grains, using a high level mulch till and direct seed.