Jason Perrault is the CEO and head hop breeder for Yakima Chief Ranches. As a fourth generation farmer, Jason is deeply devoted to bringing long term sustainability and value to the hop industry through innovative breeding and management practices that will impact his family and others for generations to come. Jason became interested in plant breeding through the mentorship of the original breeder of Yakima Chief Ranches, Chuck Zimmerman. He started his education at Washington State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics, followed by a Master of Science in Plant Breeding and Genetics. In 2014, Jason returned to Washington State University, earning an Executive MBA. In addition to being the CEO of YCR, Jason is also the CEO of Perrault Farms, Inc. Jason is married and has two children.