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2021 Speaker Bios

Check out all these great speakers from the 2021 Commodity Classic!



Brady Alley    

Brady has been with John Deere for six years during which time he's worked in planter product development and planter marketing. He has a B.S. in Business Management from Western Illinois University and is pursuing his M.B.A. at Auburn University.




Bryce Anderson    

Bryce Anderson, Senior Agriculture Meteorologist, has brought in-depth analysis and forecasts on agricultural weather and market impact to DTN readers in the U.S. and worldwide for more than 20 years. His daily weather commentaries, videos, blogs and Progressive Farmer magazine articles are widely read and watched.


Anderson is a frequent guest on ag media for articles and programs. His speaking schedule includes presentations at producer conferences and farm shows. Anderson is a native of south-central Nebraska. Prior to joining DTN, he was an award-winning farm broadcaster and agricultural meteorologist at radio and television stations in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska, and is a member of the American Meteorological Society.



Dr. Pam Bachman    

Dr. Pamela M. Bachman is the Digital Ag & Sustainability Lead with The Climate Corporation based in Saint Louis, MO.


Pamela is responsible for Climate Corporation’s sustainability initiatives with the goal to increase agricultural sector participation in sustainable practices. Prior to her current role Pamela spent 10 years in the Regulatory Science division at Bayer Crop Science and Monsanto Company as an ecotoxicologist and Environmental Strategic Engagement Lead.  In her decade in the agriculture industry, Pamela has engaged across academic, government, and industry sectors to develop guidance and best practices for ecological risk assessment, pollinator health, and drive ag sector participation in habitat conservation efforts. Pamela is trained as an aquatic toxicologist/ecologist and received her Ph.D. from Florida International University in Miami.



Leo Bastos    

Leo Bastos is the Carbon Business Model Head and serves on the North America Crop Science Leadership Team. In this role, he leads a dedicated, cross-functional team that drives decisions relating to building a business in carbon for Bayer. This work includes the development of carbon markets for agriculture, prioritizing the North American Crop Science marketplace while partnering with similar teams in other regions.


Bastos has been at Monsanto, now Bayer, since 2008. Prior to taking this role, he was the Head of Global Marketing for the Centers of Excellence, based in St. Louis. Bastos also served as the Head of Marketing and Product Management for South America and was the Head of Sales in corn, soybeans and crop protection in Brazil. Before joining Monsanto, Bastos had led marketing for Johnson & Johnson’s baby brands in Brazil and worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Company.


Bastos holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro – Brazil and an Executive M.B.A. from Duke University. He has previously held a position as a member of the Marketing Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce.


Bastos resides the St. Louis area with his wife and three children. In his spare time, he enjoys coaching his kids’ soccer teams, experimenting with Brazilian barbecue, and learning and playing guitar.




Dr. Fred E. Below    

Dr. Fred E. Below is a Professor of Crop Physiology in the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois. His research is focused on understanding factors limiting crop productivity, particularly corn and soybeans. He has taught introductory crops courses to undergraduates, as well as advanced courses to graduate students, and given numerous presentations at international and national conferences, and at local meetings. He has received numerous awards for his teaching excellence and he is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy. He developed the ‘Seven Wonders of The Corn Yield World’ and the ‘Six Secrets of Soybean Success’ as tools to teach farmers and agricultural professionals the value of their individual crop management decisions, and he is actively using these concepts to develop systems capable of sustainably producing high corn and soybean yields. He has three daughters, and he and his wife live on a small farm just outside Champaign, Illinois.  



Matt Bennett

Matt Bennett is a farm kid from west central Indiana. The youngest of 4 boys, he grew up working on his father's corn and soybean farm and working on his uncle's cattle and hay operation. He currently lives on a small farm outside of Covington, IN where he and his wife are raising their four daughters. Matt has been with Precision Planting for the last eight years and loves working with what he consider the best team in all agriculture. Helping growers excel is his passion He loves what my role allows him to do.


Channel Seed grain marketing consultant, is a Windsor, Illinois, farmer and former grain elevator manager. He holds a Series 3 brokerage license doing business through AgMarket.Net, Farm Division of JSA. Matt adds the producer perspective to the panel, enriched with his extensive grain marketing background, specializing in formulating risk-management strategies for corn, soybean farmers and livestock producers.


Matt’s analysis and commentary on the grain markets appears on various TV and radio stations across the Midwest, including “AgDay”, “U.S. Farm Report” and “Agribusiness Today”.


A graduate of University of Illinois, Matt and his wife Tiffany live on the family’s centennial farm north of Windsor, where they are raising their five children. He owns and operates a 3,000-acre corn and soybean farm with his father while raising 60 head of registered Angus cows.



Chad Bilby

Chad leads the commercial experimentation team at Bayer Crop Science. His passion for agriculture started as a child growing up in a small farming community in Northwest Missouri. Chad gained a wide variety of experience during his more than two decades at Monsanto and The Climate Corporation, holding positions in research & development, marketing, sales, strategy & operations, account management and product management. In 2019, he transitioned to Bayer Crop Science. Chad holds a BS from Oklahoma State University, a MS from the University of Missouri and a MBA from Washington University.



Curt Blades    

As Senior Vice President of Agriculture Services & Forestry, Curt Blades is responsible for the strategic direction of agriculture programs and services for AEM members. In addition, he oversees the organization’s Safety & Product Leadership group—including leading AEM’s sustainability efforts. In these roles, he serves as primary liaison with ag-specific industry organizations, customer groups, and government agencies worldwide.



Matt Bornhorst    

A proven sales leader with a lengthy track record of success, Bornhorst joined Pivot in January 2020. The Iowa State University alum has more than a decade of experience in agriscience sales leadership. As an RSL, Bornhorst helps foster relationships with farmer customers and partners.



Leo Bose    

Leo Bose is the Advanced Farming Systems (AFS) marketing manager.






Denise Bouvrette    

Denise is the North America Corn Project Manager & Launch Lead at Bayer Crop Science. The NA Trait Deployment team is dedicated to maximizing breeding pipeline & product launch readiness through robust trait performance evaluation, aligned delivery with Product Supply & aligned trait transition strategy with Commercial for optimal portfolio management for corn.



Maria Bowman    

Dr. Maria Bowman is the Lead Scientist for the Soil Health Partnership of the National Corn Growers Association. She leads the scientific and data plan for SHP, analyzes data from SHP’s farmer-led research, and provides oversight of scientific progress of various projects within the partnership. She joined SHP in 2018 after four years as an economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service where she focused on the drivers of farmer adoption of soil health and conservation practices, the economics of anti tic use in U.S. livestock production, and emerging issues related to food labeling. Dr. Bowman holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.S. in Forest Economics and Management from Virginia Tech, and a B.S. in Environmental Science from Juniata College.



Dr. Kevin Bradley

Dr. Kevin Bradley is a Professor and State Extension Weed Scientist in the Division of Plant Sciences at the University of Missouri. Kevin is a native of Virginia and received a B.S. degree in Agriculture from Ferrum College and a Ph.D. in Weed Science from Virginia Tech. Kevin’s faculty appointment includes extension and research responsibilities in the area of applied weed management in corn, soybean, wheat, pastures and forages. Since his arrival at the University of Missouri in 2003, most of Kevin’s research and extension efforts have been focused on the development of integrated programs for the prevention and/or management of herbicide resistance in weeds, specifically waterhemp.

He also teaches a graduate level class in herbicide mechanism of action and has served as major advisor to 24 Masters or PhD students. Kevin is a member of the Weed Science Society of America, the North Central Weed Science Society and the American Society of Agronomy. He has served on numerous committees and leadership positions at the University and society levels, including the Board of Directors for both the Weed Science Society of American and the North Central Weed Science Society.



Cory Bratland

Cory Bratland grew up on his family farm near Willow Lake, South Dakota. Cory graduated with a Business Management degree from Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, SD. Cory began his career in the agriculture field working as a cash grain marketer and grain trader with Cargill, Inc. In 2008, Cory became an independent commodity broker and started Prairie Ag Marketing Services. He later partnered with Al Kluis as an affiliate office. In 2010 he became the Chief Grain Strategist for Kluis Commodity Advisors, where he now serves private clients and works on specific marketing strategies. Cory lives near Willow Lake, SD with his wife and their three children. He actively participates on his family farm which raises corn, soybeans, and alfalfa, and also runs a cow/calf operation. In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors.




Kellie Bray  

Kellie Bray is Chief of Staff at CropLife America in Washington, D.C. As Chief of Staff, Ms. Bray assists the CEO with organizational projects including strategic planning, staff structural review and alignment of the budgeting process with strategic plan priorities. Ms. Bray serves as a representative of CropLife America to numerous external committees and coalitions.



Brett Bruggeman

Brett serves as executive vice president, Land O’Lakes, Inc. and president of Land O’Lakes’ crop inputs and insights business WinField United focused delivering data-backed, insights-driven agronomic products and services, operational excellence and sustainable solutions to help locally owned and operated agricultural retailers meet farmers’ needs.


Prior to his current role, Brett served as senior vice president of marketing and offer development for WinField United. Brett joined Land O’Lakes, Inc. in 2015 with the merger of the Land O’Lakes and United Suppliers’ seed and crop protection products businesses. Brett joined United Suppliers in 2007 and, before that, worked at BASF in the United States and internationally.




Dr. Alison Bryan

Dr. Alison Bryan is a research agronomist for Case IH. She has a doctorate in agronomy and crop science.





Belinda Burrier

Belinda Burrier grows commodity soybeans, high oleic soybeans, corn, wheat, alfalfa and hay with her husband and nephew on their farm in Union Bridge, Maryland. She also has a small livestock operation, where they finish six hogs and three steers every year. This is her sixth year serving as a farmer-leader on the United Soybean Board.


Belinda is currently in a transition stage and is mentoring the younger generation to take over certain areas of the operation. Her goal is to eventually retire, and she wants to ensure the next generation will succeed.



Dave Button

Row Shaver Systems was started to combat the ever-increasing problem of herbicide-resistant weeds. The first part of the system, the Row Shaver, is a patent-pending agricultural implement that cleans weeds from between the rows of any row crop. The second part of the system, The Row Trimmer, has been developed to control weed seed production on weeds growing within the crop rows. It acts as a ‘floating sickle bar’, operating just above the crop canopy to remove seed pods, flowers and stems and reduces the number of resistant weed seeds from maturing and being viable seeds.



Andy Carriger

Andy spent 39 years with the former Dow AgroSciences company prior to his arrival at Corteva Agriscience. He has held various field sales roles in crop protection and specialty in the southeastern U.S, Midwest and Gulf Coast regions. Andy has a vast experience with the Enlist weed control system, becoming the first Enlist field specialist in 2010. He currently covers Kansas and Missouri.



Kody Carson

Kody Carson serves as Chairman of the National Sorghum Producers. With his wife, Kimbra, they operate a family farm in Lamb and Hale counties in the Texas Panhandle where they grow sorghum, cotton, corn, wheat, and produce cattle on a 7,000-acre irrigated and dryland operation. Carson has over 25 years of leadership experience, also serving the cotton industry, Ag Producers Coop, state and national farm bureau committees and his local church and school district.



Steve Censky

Stephen Censky is ASA’s Chief Executive Officer, a role with which he is very familiar. Steve returned to ASA in November 2020 after serving as Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from October 2017 to November 2020. Before his appointment to USDA, he served as ASA CEO for 21 years.
Steve began his career working as a legislative assistant for Sen. Jim Abdnor (R-SD). Later, he served in both the Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations at USDA, eventually serving as Administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), where he was involved in running our nation’s export programs.
Censky received his B.S. in agriculture from South Dakota State University and his postgraduate diploma in agriculture science from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He grew up on a soybean, corn, and diversified livestock farm near Jackson, Minnesota. He and his wife, Carmen, have two daughters.





Karey Claghorn

Karey Claghorn serves as the Senior Director of Market Development for the US Soybean Export Council (USSEC).


In this role, she is responsible for coordinating the efforts in USSEC’s focus areas of Animal and Aqua utilization, Oil and Human utilization with Sustainability being a part of each of those sectors. Claghorn also oversees the coordination and integration of a diverse staff as it works to differentiate US Soy in the global marketplace.


Prior to joining USSEC, Claghorn served as the Chief Operating Officer for Iowa Soybean Association and served as Iowa’s deputy secretary of agriculture for 6 years prior to moving to the soybean family.

Claghorn grew up on a livestock farm near Bloomington, Indiana.  She graduated from Indiana University.




Matthew Clark

Matthew Clark has spent his career fine-tuning the efficiency of feed enterprises, and he saw a clear need to align purchasing and nutrition around the nutritional quality of ingredients such as soybeans. An impromptu phone call between the Matthew and Peter Schott, an ag-enthusiast and technologist, resulted in early ideas for the Soy Nutrient Value Calculator. With the help of a software developer and in just a few short years, this calculator has gone from an idea to creating a global impact in over 20 countries from China to Peru.



Vance Crowe

Vance Crowe is a communications strategist that has worked for corporations and international organizations around the world. He has spoken before more than 150,000 people, answering questions about some of the most sophisticated and controversial technologies in the modern age.  Vance helps organizations realize why the general public doesn’t agree with their perspective and offers new ways to communicate effectively, resolve disagreements, and build rapport with critics and stakeholders.

Vance has worked for organizations as varied as the World Bank, Monsanto, the US Peace Corps and even as a deckhand on an ecotourism ship.



Brett Davis

Brett Davis is Vice President, New Holland, North America, where he is responsible for overseeing the sales, marketing and support functions of New Holland products in North America. Davis has had a 20-year+ career with CNH Industrial in a variety of management roles. Prior to his current role, he served as President of CNH Industrial Capital since 2015.


Davis joined the company in 1996 in New Holland, Pennsylvania, as Assistant General Counsel. In 1998, he was appointed United States Western Region Operations Manager and then relocated to Buenos Aires, Argentina, to assume responsibility for establishing and leading the CNH financial services business in Latin America. In 2001, Davis moved to Curitiba, Brazil, to serve as Director of Operations for Banco CNH Capital. He served as President of Banco CNH Industrial Capital S.A. since August 2011 and President of CNH Industrial Capital Argentina S.A. since December 2013.



Brandon Day

Mr. Day is the Chief Operating Officer of The Yield Lab Institute is the non-profit arm of The Yield Lab and an agtech think tank that serves as a catalyst for early, seed stage agtech startups and accelerating their path to market and commercialization.  The Yield Lab institute executes targeted initiatives that include innovation challenges, ecosystem mapping, technical and white papers on key agtech and agriculture issues and webinars and a weekly newsletter.  


Mr. Day is an engineer by experience and degree, with over 9 years of experience in oil and gas services and consulting in a variety of roles that include project management, engineering design, sales, marketing, account management, consultant, and business development.



Jon Doggett

Jon Doggett is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Corn Growers Association, a grower-led trade association with offices in St Louis and Washington.
Doggett assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer in September 2018. Prior to that, he was promoted to the position of Executive Vice President in December 2014, from the post of Vice President, Public Policy.
Raised on his family’s Montana ranch, Doggett has substantial knowledge of production agricultural and more than 30 years of agricultural policy experience.
Prior to joining NCGA, Doggett served 11 years at the American Farm Bureau Federation, where he was the Bureau’s lead lobbyist on a number of public policy issues, including ethanol, climate change, land use, conservation and endangered species.
While in Washington, Doggett also worked for the National Cattleman’s Beef Association/Public Lands Council and served as senior legislative assistant for former Montana Congressman Ron Marlenee. His ability to look at issues with a fresh perspective and find a common ground has been the cornerstone of Doggett’s work in the legislative arena.  In 2004, he was named one of the most influential lobbyists in Washington by The Hill newspaper.
Doggett has served as President of the Washington Agri-Business Club and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Lobbying and Ethics.
In addition to his public policy experience, Doggett was a stockbroker for Dean Ritter Reynolds and a district manager for Allis Chalmers Corp. He attended the University of Montana, where he majored in finance and journalism.
Doggett enjoys returning to his family’s ranch in Meagher County, Montana. He is an enthusiastic kayaker and has earned a Sea Kayak Instructor certificate. Jon resides in Northern Virginia with his wife, Nancy.  They have two adult children, Katie and Andrew, and the two most wonderful granddaughters in the whole world.



Dan Farney

Dan Farney grows corn and soybeans for seed in Morton, Illinois. This is his seventh year on the United Soybean Board.


Dan is involved in the Illinois Soybean Association and Illinois Farm Bureau. He enjoys attending church, traveling and spending time with his family.




 Charlene Finck

Charlene Finck is President of Farm Journal, a position she has held since April 1, 2020. As President, Finck leads the crop and livestock divisions of the company, as well as the data, digital and human resources functions of the company.


Finck’s 31-year career with the company began in 1989 as Machinery Editor of Farm Journal magazine, eventually becoming only the ninth Editor of the publication in 2006. From there, she was promoted to leadership roles over editorial content for the company, named President of the Farm Journal Foundation in 2011 and, most recently, named Division President, Producer Media.



Chip Flory

(bio coming soon)




Kevin Forth

Kevin has been in the agriculture industry his entire life, growing up on a family farm in Northern Illinois, the operation focused on row crop and beef cattle operations.  Graduating from Southern Illinois University with a degree in Agricultural Technologies, he has focused a majority of his career in Product Management and Sales working with John Deere and CLAAS prior to coming to AGCO. Now with AGCO, Kevin is responsible for Tactical Marketing within the Harvesting group and is focused on growing both the Fendt IDEAL and GLEANER product lines.



Jody Gander

Jody Gander is a Market Development Manager for Corn Traits within the Corn Agronomic Systems Group at Bayer Crop Science. In this role, Jody works cross-functionally with several organizations across Bayer to develop and support the next generation of corn insect control technologies as well as to support their current commercial corn insect trait platforms. Jody joined Monsanto in 2007 as a Technology Development Representative (TDR) conducting research trials and providing sales support to the various Monsanto seed brands. Prior to joining Monsanto, Jody served as a Technical Service Representative with American Cyanamid and as a Research Agronomist/Agronomic Research Manager with Pioneer Hi-Bred International. Jody has a B.S. in Agricultural Education and an M.S. in Agronomy, both from the University of Missouri-Columbia, as well as a Ph.D. in Agronomy from the University of Arkansas.



Vincent Gauthier

Vincent Gauthier is a Research Analyst at the Environmental Defense Fund. He works with farmers, agricultural organizations and food companies, conducting research on financial mechanisms and policies for boosting climate resilience in U.S. agriculture. Before joining EDF, Vincent managed the ‘Health is Everyone’s Business’ initiative at the UN Global Compact. Vincent holds a Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University and a B.A. in  biology from the College of Wooster.




David C. Gilmore

David C. Gilmore is Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Regions 3 & 4, for the Agriculture & Turf Division, a position he has held since October 2020. Gilmore is responsible for Ag & Turf sales and marketing functions in the Americas, Australia, and New Zealand and for global shared services supporting order fulfillment, pricing, training, and market research/analytics.


Prior to this Dave served as Senior Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing where he was responsible for the Ag & Turf global marketing functions including: customer and product support, order fulfillment, market research, pricing, training, as well as regional and platform marketing functions. He played a key leadership role in advancing the division’s customer-facing processes and leading the transition to the company’s Smart Industrial Operating model.



Matt Goddard

Matt Goddard is the NA Ag Systems Soy Trait Manager for Bayer Crop Science based in St. Louis, Missouri. In this role, Matt is the technical lead within the Market Development Organization for current soy herbicide systems and supports pre-launch and launch efforts for new soy herbicide trait platforms.

Matt began his 11-year career with Monsanto/Bayer as an Agronomic Research Manager at the Leland Agronomy Center in Leland, MS where he conducted field trials testing herbicide systems, formulation efficacy and crop tolerance for Monsanto’s developmental chemistry and seed traits portfolio. He soon transitioned into a Testing Operations Manager role within the Global  Evaluations Team where he managed the research program and personnel at the site.  From 2013-2020, Matt has served as a Seeds and Traits Technology Development Representative for Arkansas, and the Soybean Field Advancement Specialist for the Southeastern U.S. Matt was a 2017 recipient of the Distinguished Development Award for his leadership of the Market Development Sustainability Field Team which generated data to better understand the value of incorporating cover crops and reduced tillage practices into common cropping systems in the USA.


Matt’s educational background includes a B.S. in Plant and Soil Science from The University of Tennessee at Martin, a M.S. in Plant Science from The University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and a PhD in Weed Science from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.



Chandler Goule

Chandler Goule is NAWG’s Chief Executive Officer, coming into that role in July of 2016. In this capacity, Chandler will oversee NAWG’s industry relations, act as Executive Director of the National Wheat Foundation, and lead NAWG’s efforts to advocate for American wheat farmers.
Prior to his position at NAWG, Chandler served as the Sr. Vice President of Programs for the National Farmers Union for several years. Goule also formerly served as the staff director of the Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry for the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture under former chairman Rep. Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn. Peterson was a member of the conservative Blue Dog Democrats Coalition.
Goule has worked extensively in Washington, D.C., on agriculture, food safety and trade policy. His previous experience extends to companies such as Bayer CropScience, Syngenta and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the Washington office of Rep. Charlie Stenholm, D-Texas.
Growing up in rural Morgan Mill, Texas, Goule is familiar with agriculture policy and the rural way of life. He graduated from Texas A&M University on a 4-H scholarship, earning a Bachelor of Science in animal science with an emphasis in production. While in Washington he completed his master’s in political management and corporate and public affairs at The George Washington University.
Goule resides on Capitol Hill and is an avid scuba diver and snow skier.



Dr. Allan Gray

Allan Gray serves as executive director of the Center for Food and Agricultural Business and director of the MS-MBA in Food and Agribusiness Management. He joined the agricultural economics faculty at Purdue University in August 1998. Allan currently holds the position of Land O’Lakes Chair in Food and Agribusiness.


As director, Allan provides strategic direction for the center and MS-MBA in Food and Agribusiness Management, a dual-degree, online program offered in partnership by Purdue and Indiana University. He works with food and agribusiness managers in the center’s professional development seminars and workshops, while also continuing to teach strategic agribusiness management in the undergraduate, master’s and MS-MBA programs.


Allan’s research interests are agribusiness management, strategic planning, decision making in uncertain environments and simulation. He also works on the Large Commercial Producer Survey, conducted every five years by the center, which explores the attitudes and buying behaviors of large commercial producers. In addition, Allan has researched the management implications of real-options thinking, the risks and returns to alternative vertical business relationships and the human capital constraints of agribusinesses.


He has won numerous awards, including the American Agricultural Economics Association’s (AAEA) Distinguished Extension/Outreach Program Award, the Purdue University Dean’s Team Award and the United States Distance Learning Association’s Excellence in Distance Teaching Award. In 2012, he received the inaugural Early Career Leadership Award from the National Association of Agricultural Economics Administrators, a subsection of AAEA.


A native Texan, Allan and his wife, Stephanie, have two daughters and a son.



Marji Guyler-Alaniz

Marji Guyler-Alaniz, President and Founder of FarmHer, is a lifetime Iowan and lover of photography. That love combined with an 11-year career in Corporate agriculture led her to launch FarmHer in the spring of 2013. Through FarmHer she is bringing the stories of women to the forefront of agriculture, food and rural communities through her weekly television show and podcast. Her work for FarmHer has been featured in an expanse of arenas ranging from an Emmy-winning documentary, an award-winning weekly television show on RFD-TV to USDA’s National Ag Day Celebration and O the Oprah magazine.



 Jason Hafemeister

He has been involved in agricultural farm and trade policy for over 25 years, including almost 20 at USDA and with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Hafemeister’s responsibilities have included serving as the lead U.S. negotiator on agriculture in the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Doha Round negotiations, the Central America Free Trade Agreement, and China’s accession to the WTO.  He was instrumental in finalizing the recent agreement to allow the importing of U.S. beef to China. Hafemeister received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley, a master’s degree from the University of California at San Diego, and a law degree from Georgetown University.


Agricultural trade is critical for the U.S. farm sector and the American economy as a whole. U.S. agricultural and food exports account for 20 percent of the value of production, and every dollar of these exports creates another $1.27 in business activity. Additionally, every $1 billion in U.S. agricultural exports supports approximately 8,000 American jobs across the entire American economy. As the global marketplace becomes even more competitive every day, the United States must position itself in the best way possible to retain its standing as a world leader.



 Dr. Aaron Hagar

Dr. Aaron Hager is an associate professor of extension weed science in the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois. He attended Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and received a B.S. in Plant and Soil Science in 1991. He then went to Michigan State University and received his M.S. in weed science in May 1993. Later that month, he joined the University of Illinois as a weed science extension specialist. In 2001, he completed his Ph.D. in weed science, and joined the Department of Crop Sciences faculty ranks in 2002. As an associate professor of weed science at the University of Illinois, Dr. Hager is responsible for weed biology and management research in corn and soybean production systems. His research focuses on examining the  biology and management of weed species that are common in Illinois agronomic crops.



Tyler Harp

Tyler Harp earned his Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from the University of Florida and has been employed with Syngenta for 21 years. In his time with Syngenta, Tyler has held roles in research and development, technical services and product marketing, where he currently lends his expertise as the technical product lead responsible for the row crop fungicide market and post-harvest.



 Scott R. Harris

Scott Harris was named Vice President, Case IH North America in March 2018. Harris oversees all Case IH agricultural activities in the United States and Canada. Prior to this, Harris was Vice President of North American construction equipment operations for Case Construction Equipment.


Harris first joined CNH Industrial Capital in 2006 as U.S. sales manager for construction equipment, and later served as northeast region sales manager for both agricultural and construction equipment. In 2007, he became senior director of sales and marketing for that division. His last role with CNH Capital was as vice president of U.S. financial services and operations, where he was responsible for the overall sales growth and profitability of CNH Capital’s financial products and services. Harris joined the CNH Industrial Parts and Service group in 2011 as vice president of sales and marketing for North America and became vice president of the entire division in 2013.



Nicole Hasheider

Nicole Hasheider has served as the Director of Biotechnology and Crop Inputs for the National Corn Growers Association since May 2019. In this role Nicole works with a group of grower leaders to explore opportunities for new on-farm technologies and maintain and defend access to the input technologies used on corn farms today.



Erik Hayenga, PhD

Erik has been working with agricultural usability research, development, and sales for over 20 years. He works closely with OEMs to provide professional usability testing and improve new farming technologies. As president of FarmTalc, he works with growers across the globe to maximize seeding precision and efficacy.




Mark Heckman

Farming in West Liberty, Iowa, Mark Heckman is an agricultural leader in several respects, currently serving as a director on the Iowa Corn Promotion Board and a Board Member and Advisor for the US Grains Council. He farms about 1,500 acres of corn and soybeans with a focus on soil health. He uses cover crops and reduces tillage where possible.


The family farm also includes pork production. Mark uses technology that supports the sustainable use of hog manure while maintaining water quality standards and good relationships with his neighbors.


He and his family hosted Cargill’s supply chain leadership team in 2019 to demonstrate how the farm implements sustainable soil health in row crop production and best in class animal welfare practice in the hog operation. He also has expertise in Strategic Risk Management, Commodity and Energy Procurement, Policy Development, and Raw Material Exposure Coverage.


Mark is also an award-winning member of the Soil Health Partnership and a member of the Global Farmer Network.



Jim Hedges

Jim joined WinField United in May of 2017 as Director of Insights and Partnerships for the newly formed Ag Technology group. Jim is currently the Vice President of Seed Marketing.


Jim grew up in the community of Moweaqua, Illinois where the family was involved in a row crop farming operation. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy and returned to Moweaqua to take over the family farm.


In 1987 Jim co-founded Moweaqua Seed Company, a company focused on Hybrid corn and soybean production and sales. In 2007 MSC joined the ASI family of Monsanto brands, and Jim continued to run the business. In 2008 Jim joined the ASI team in St. Louis as the ASI Corn Business Lead and in 2009 transitioned to the role of President of Corn States, Monsanto’s Trait and Germplasm Licensing arm.

Jim continues to live in Moweaqua with his wife Loretta and sons Jack and Mitch, and continues to help operate a 3000-acre corn and soybean farm.




 Hefty Brothers

Brian Hefty, along with his brother Darren, is the co-host of Ag PhD TV, which has been bringing agronomic information to farmers for more than 22 years. Ag PhD is the number one agronomy show in the U.S. today, and is seen in several foreign countries, as well.  In July 2013, Brian and Darren also launched Ag PhD Radio, a live hour-long call-in show airing weekdays at 2 p.m. CDT on Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147. Brian and Darren are focused on how to help you increase yields, make more money on the farm, and leave the land and environment in better condition for future generations.



Dr. Jason Henderson

In this role, Jason leads the statewide public engagement and research-based education in Agricultural and Natural Resources, 4-H Youth Development, Health and Human Sciences, and Economic and Community Development. As Assistant Vice President for Engagement, Jason provides leadership in university-wide initiatives designed to connect Purdue expertise and resources to statewide needs and forming effective partnerships to grow the state economy and improve the quality of life for Indiana’s residents.


Prior to being named Director of Extension, Jason served as Vice President and Omaha Branch Executive at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. In that role, he served as the Bank’s regional economist and representative in the state of Nebraska, recruited and worked closely with the Branch's board of directors, and briefed the Kansas City Fed's president—a member of the Federal Open Market Committee—on economic and business activity in the state. In addition, Jason led several Federal Reserve efforts to track agricultural and rural economies, including the quarterly publication of the Tenth District Survey of Agricultural Credit Conditions and the Federal Reserve System’s Agricultural Finance Databook. He also managed the Main Street Economist, a bi-monthly publication covering economic issues affecting rural areas, and the Nebraska Economist, a quarterly publication providing insights into the Nebraska economy. Previously, he served as economist and senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Jason is a nationally recognized expert in agricultural and rural issues. He has published more than 60 research articles in academic and Federal Reserve publications on topics such as land values, entrepreneurship, demographics, the growth of knowledge-based activity in rural America, the use of electronic commerce in agricultural industries, and the growth of value-added food manufacturing activity. Jason speaks frequently to a wide range of business, financial and policy audiences across the United States and internationally. His research on the agricultural and rural economy has been quoted by policy officials, researchers, and leading media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times and USA Today. In addition, Jason has been interviewed on CNBC and Fox Business and provided testimony on agricultural credit conditions to congressional subcommittees.



 Jeremy Hodel

Jeremy Hodel is a Product Manager, working in R&D product development. He has been with Precision Planting in the engineering department for 13 years and is currently responsible for SmartDepth, Conceal, and CleanSweep.




Bill T. Hurley  

Bill T. Hurley serves as Vice President, Aftersales, Customer Support and Distribution Development, North America at AGCO, a leading global manufacturer of agricultural equipment. Born and raised in central Texas, Bill earned a B.S. in mechanized agriculture from Texas A&M University and holds a Master’s of Business Administration from Emory University.


Mr. Hurley has extensive experience in the farm equipment industry having spent over 20 years in various, sales, marketing and customer support positions with the John Deere Company prior to accepting a position with AGCO in 2009 as Director of Marketing. He most recently held the position of Vice President, Sales and Operations, North America at AGCO.




Mitch Hora  

Continuum Ag is a consulting and data management company with a focus on soil health that works with farmers, consultants and agribusiness around the world. The company has differentiated itself by working with growers that take a more holistic approach and recognize that the physical and biological aspects of the soil must be addressed as well. Continuum Ag generates revenue by deploying its soil health-focused RightWay program on farms across the Midwest. In addition, the company has attracted the attention of numerous product manufacturers who pay Continuum Ag to conduct third-party field trials of their agricultural products, resulting in one of the largest private collections of soil biological data.




Greg Horstmeier

Greg Horstmeier is Editor-In-Chief of the digital newsroom for DTN/ Progressive Farmer, where he leads a team of reporters, editors, commodities analysts and meteorologists who supply the content for various DTN platforms.


He grew up on a general crop and livestock farm in central Missouri, and has a B.S. degree in agriculture journalism from the University of Missouri –Columbia, with emphasis in agriculture economics and photojournalism.


As a reporter and photographer, Horstmeier's 30-plus year career in agricultural journalism focused on crop coverage, including production techniques, biotechnology and chemical issues, equipment and the policies and practices that surround production agriculture. He has covered agricultural stories in almost every state in U.S., and has traveled and written about agriculture and farming in Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe and Africa.


Horstmeier joined DTN as crop production editor in August 2007. He became editor-in-chief  July 2010. He has worked for Farm Journal, Pennsylvania Farmer and The Missouri Ruralist magazines, and was a public relations writer for the former Fletcher/Mayo/Associates firm. Prior to coming to DTN, he was director of the Extension and Agriculture Information News office at the University of Missouri.




David Iverson    

David Iverson runs a fourth-generation family farm and grows soybeans and corn near Astoria, South Dakota. This is his eighth year on the United Soybean Board. He wants to improve the quality of his land and grow his farm moderately in size.


He is a member of South Dakota Agriculture and Rural Leadership, South Dakota Corn Growers Association and South Dakota Soybean Association. David also serves on his school board and enjoys traveling, gardening and bike riding.



Neen James

Neen is a leadership expert who delivers high-energy keynotes presentations that challenge audiences to leverage their focus and pay attention to what matters most at work and in life. Audiences love her practical strategies they can apply personally and professionally.


Meeting planners love working with Neen, often describing her as the energizer bunny for their events.

Neen earned her MBA from Southern Cross University and the Certified Speaking Professional designation from National Speakers Association. She has received numerous awards as a professional speaker.



Dr. Bill Johnson

Dr. Johnson is a Professor of Weed Science in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Purdue University. He has statewide responsibilities for weed science research and extension in agronomic crops, and he teaches Advanced Weed  logy and Senior Seminar. Dr. Johnson has extensive experience in the biology and management of herbicide-resistant weeds and crops, weed control with cover crops, and interactions between weeds and other plant pests. Dr. Johnson is a Past President and Fellow of the North Central Weed Science Society (NCWSS). He has won Outstanding Extension Specialist Awards from Purdue University, CropLife America, and the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA). He has published over 170 peer reviewed manuscripts and over 100 extension publications. He has trained 33 graduate students and currently has an additional 4 students currently working on MS or Ph.D. degrees in Weed Science.


Kevin Juhl

Kevin has been with John Deere for seven years, working in the field directly with customers and dealers. He has a B.A. in Marketing from the University of Northern Iowa and an M.B.A. from the University of Nebraska.




Meagan Kaiser    

Meagan Kaiser grows soybeans and corn with her husband and his family on their farm in Bowling Green, Missouri. In addition to farming, Meagan is a soil scientist at Perry Agricultural Laboratory and also owns and operates a precision agriculture soil sampling service. This is her fourth year serving on the United Soybean Board.


Meagan is also involved in the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee, Agriculture Leadership of Tomorrow and serves on the Pike County Farm Bureau Board. She enjoys spending time with her four-year-old son, traveling for business and pleasure, and boating on the Mississippi River.



Eric Karbowski

Eric Karbowski is the behavioral health educator focusing on farm stress with Michigan State University Extension. Prior to joining MSU Extension, Eric was the executive director for the Missaukee County Commission on aging. Additionally, Eric was a consultant with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and supervised a program in the public mental health system for ten years. Eric also worked for Michigan Works! providing vocational rehabilitation, education and training services/supports to individuals. Educationally, Eric earned his bachelor’s degree of science in education, master’s degree of arts in administration, and is currently working towards his doctorate degree in educational leadership.



Scott Kay

Scott Kay is Vice President, U.S. Crop Protection, for BASF Agricultural Solutions North America. In this role, Scott oversees all aspects of the U.S. Crop Protection business, including marketing, sales, product development and branding.

Scott has served in many roles throughout his 20-year tenure with BASF, most recently as the Canadian Business Director where he was responsible for all Canadian agricultural operations and long-term planning.

Scott grew up in Iowa and is a graduate of Iowa State University.




Mark Kitt

Mark Kitt provides technical leadership for corn herbicides at Syngenta. His experience includes herbicide research and development for field crops, commercial trial oversight for Syngenta Seeds, in-field agronomic customer support and commercial application. In his current role, he is responsible for the technical development, positioning and product life cycle management of preemergence and post-emergence corn herbicides. Kitt grew up on a farm in Iowa and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Agronomy from Northwest Missouri State University and the University of Arkansas, respectively.




Scott Kay

Scott Kay is Vice President, U.S. Crop Protection, for BASF Agricultural Solutions North America. In this role, Scott oversees all aspects of the U.S. Crop Protection business, including marketing, sales, product development and branding.


Scott has served in many roles throughout his 20-year tenure with BASF, most recently as the Canadian Business Director where he was responsible for all Canadian agricultural operations and long-term planning.


Scott grew up in Iowa and is a graduate of Iowa State University.



Paul Klemme    

(bio coming soon)





Al Kluis

Al has been a commodity advisor and broker since 1976. Al an introducing broker with Wedbush Futures, and writes a column, Your Profit, which appears in every issue of Successful Farming magazine. Al as published two books on commodities trading, and is commonly quoted in major publications including the Wall Street Journal, and is a featured speaker at commodity conferences nationwide. He is a frequent market analyst for the Linder Farm Radio News Network. Alan, a Minnesota farmboy, was awarded his degree in Ag Economics from the University of Minnesota in 1974, after which he was executive director of the Minnesota Soybean Association before entering the markets full-time.



Deanna Kovar

Deanna Kovar serves as the Vice President of Production & Precision Ag Production Systems within John Deere’s Agricultural & Turf Division.  In this role, she leads a global team of experts focused on unlocking value for the agriculture industry through equipment and technology solutions.  In her 20 years with Deere, she has held many roles in Sales, Marketing, Customer Support and Product Development spanning the continental US and the globe and is very knowledgeable about bringing precision ag technology to market.


After growing up as the daughter of a Wisconsin Dairy Farmer, Deanna earned a degree in Agricultural Business Management from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and later an MBA from Loyola University in Chicago.


Deanna, her husband Zack & daughter Maggie reside in Bettendorf, IA.



Dr. Michael Langemeier

Michael Langemeier joined Purdue University in July 2012. Michael’s Extension and research interests include cropping systems, benchmarking, strategic management, cost of production, and technical and economic efficiency. Most of Michael’s research has focused on the efficiency of farms and ranches, and crop and livestock enterprise production costs and efficiency. He has also conducted research related to tillage systems,  mass crops and the tradeoff between crop rotation profitability and water quality.


Prior to arriving at Purdue, Michael spent 22 years in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University. In addition to working on Extension and research projects, Michael taught courses in economic theory and farm management and worked closely with the Kansas Farm Management Association. He also conducted workshops for feed mill managers, emphasizing the importance of tracking financial performance, benchmarking and capital budgeting.


In addition to conducting numerous workshops and presenting Extension and research information to numerous audiences in the United States, Michael has conducted workshops and given presentations in Australia, China, Ecuador, Ireland, Germany, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa and Tanzania. He is currently involved in agribenchmark, an international benchmarking group centered in Germany.

Michael received B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a doctorate from Purdue University. Michael’s family operates farms in eastern Nebraska.




Tammy Lee

Tammy Lee serves as the Production Agriculture, Marketing Manager within John Deere's Agricultural & Turf Division. In this role, she leads a team of marketing experts for Tractors, Harvesting, Application, Planting/Seeding, and Tillage equipment. In her 25 years with John Deere, she has held many roles in Sales, Marketing, Aftermarket Sales, Customer Support and Training throughout the US and is very knowledgeable about bringing Production Ag products to market.


After growing up on a horse ranch in Oklahoma, Tammy earned a Bachelors of Science in Animal Science from Oklahoma State University and currently resides in Olathe, KS.



Jamie Leifker

Overseeing the collection of more than 6 million data points from the Answer Plot® program each year, Jamie leads research and development for WinField United products and services, all backed by quality data.


Jamie also farms his own operation in northeast Iowa — which continues to inspire his work with WinField United.



Kyle Lilly

Kyle Lilly is a senior product manager at Compass Minerals. His agronomic expertise working in specialty fertilizer has played a pivotal role in developing and implementing products within the Compass Minerals Plant Nutrition portfolio. Prior to coming to Compass Minerals, Lilly worked as a product Manager for Timac Agro USA, a multinational specialty fertilizer company based out of France. He was responsible for managing the strategy for a full specialty fertilizer product portfolio and providing technical leadership for the Midwest agronomy and sales teams. Lilly received his master’s degree in soil science from the University of Wyoming and his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Luther College. He is a certified crop adviser and certified professional soil scientist.



John Linder

John Linder, of Edison, Ohio, serves as president of the Corn Board of the National Corn Growers Association, a farmer-led trade association with offices in St. Louis and Washington.

Linder, along with his brother, Mike, and wife, Cheryl, run a fifth-generation farm raising corn, soybeans, soft red winter wheat and soybeans for seed in central Ohio. In addition to traditional row crop farming, he also has livestock experience.

As NCGA President, Linder also serves as president of the National Corn Growers Association Foundation, as an executive committee member of NCGA’s Allied Industry Council, and as the association’s delegate to the U.S. Grains Council.

Previously, Linder served as the Corn Board liaison to the Market Access Action Team, on the Resolutions Committee and chaired the Finance and Engaging Members Committees. Additionally, he represented NCGA at the National Coalition for Food and Agriculture Research and the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center.

Prior to his election to the Corn Board, Linder chaired the Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team.

On the state level, Linder is a past chair of the Ohio Corn Marketing Program Board of Directors and past member of the Ag Credit Co-op Board.



Sara Lira

Sara Lira is a research scientist with Corteva Agriscience and currently works on a wide variety of sustainability-focused research projects. Sara was a corn breeder for Corteva for 10 years and recently transitioned to breeding for sustainable cropping systems. Sara holds a B.S. in Ecology, an M.S. in Genetics, and a Ph.D. from Iowa State University.



Chris Lursen

Chris Lursen, co-owner of Lursen Farms in north-central Iowa, is the tillage marketing manager for Case IH.






Tim Lust

Tim Lust is the CEO of the National Sorghum Producers and the Sorghum Checkoff, two organizations dedicated to increasing profitability for more than 30,000 sorghum growers nationwide. He has been with NSP for over 25 years, serving as the director of marketing for five years and as CEO for 20+ years.
Tim grew up on a diversified cattle and farming operation in Texas where he still remains actively involved. He received a B.S. in Animal Science from Angelo State University and an MBA from Texas Tech University. Tim has been actively involved in regulatory work over the past 20 years, defending and protecting products for growers while working with multiple trade groups. He is a past member of the USDA Agricultural Trade Advisory Committee (ATAC) and a former board member for the USDA Sorghum Crop Germplasm Committee.
Today, Tim serves on numerous industry and regional committees and advisory councils.





Bruce Luzzi

Bruce Luzzi is an expert at designing and managing field trials to support product discovery and development, commercial expansion, and registration. He analyzes field trial data to support research efforts and to help identify the best environments to maximize product performance and grower return on investment.



Zach Macholan

Zach is an equity portfolio manager with Farm Credit Services of America.  He is responsible for the Association’s RBIC investment efforts, corporate development, and mission-related investments. Farm Credit Services of America has invested in seven RBIC funds, several of which make early-stage investments in AgTech companies and businesses supporting rural America. Additionally, Zach assists with corporate strategy, innovation initiatives, and relationship management. Prior to his role as an equity portfolio manager, Zach oversaw a portfolio of large agribusiness loans and made direct private equity investments in permanent crops and timberland.




Luis Macias

Luis is an innovator and entrepreneur who has nearly 20 years of experience designing, inventing, and implementing technological solutions in the government, agriculture and insurance sectors. Since 2013, he has been focused on viable agricultural solutions, where he founded and implemented SiloSys and developed GrainChain’s transaction platform using smart contracts. He brings an experienced, relentless commitment to enhancing the performance of business processes and mission-critical deployments to the team, and his pioneering leadership in the technology and agriculture sectors ensures that GrainChain will remain the leader in its market space.




 Maria Mayorga

María Mayorga Cortes, MS., PhD. She works for the United States Soybean Export Council as a Regional Poultry Technical Expert. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from The Universidad Nacional de Colombia (2002), and a MS. (2008) and PhD. (2012) in Animal Production from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. In 2016 she took up a Visiting Scholar position at the Center Of Excellence for Poultry Science at the University of Arkansas, USA. She has been involved in poultry nutrition research, mainly nutrient metabolism, nutritional requirements, ingredient evaluation and feed additives, and also enzymatic supplementation in broiler diets.



 Elyssa McFarland

Elyssa McFarland serves as the Soil Health Partnership Development Manager. Elyssa engaged with the SHP farmer network through her previous role as a field manager and utilizes those past experiences to build regional partnerships that are beneficial for farmers and collaborators of the program. Elyssa is also a farmer herself and conducts an SHP trial on her own farm to discover how her farming practices can impact the water holding capacity of different soils.


Elyssa was raised on a grain and livestock farm in Eastern Iowa. She attended Iowa State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in agronomy and went on to earn a dual master’s degrees in Agronomy and Soil Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Prior to starting as Development Manager with Soil Health Partnership, Elyssa worked in soil mapping, soil analysis, precision agriculture and farm management.



Megan McQuoid

Megan is currently the Soybean Traits Marketing Manager. In her current role, Megan is responsible for development and execution of marketing plans, marketing programs, promotional activities, and product launch activities for the Roundup Ready® Xtend Crop System. She has worked at Bayer for 14 years in a variety of sales, operation and marketing roles. Most recently she was a marketing manager for Corn States Licensing and a district sales manager for Asgrow and DEKALB. A proud graduate of the University of Missouri, she holds a BS in Agribusiness Management and a MBA from Webster University. Megan, her husband John, son Braxton (7) and daughter Sloan (1) reside in the rural St. Louis Area.



Michelle Miller

MIchelle Miller, better known as the Farm Babe, is an international keynote speaker, writer, and columnist for, online influencer and Florida livestock farmer. She started her social media outreach six years ago as a way to better bridge the gap between farmers and consumers and has made a name for herself as a dedicated “myth-buster” in food and agriculture. With nearly 200,000 followers and an average social media reach of 2 - 3 million views monthly, she has been featured in Forbes, has been a guest on Dr.Drew, has influenced big corporations such as Burger King, and has proudly spoken alongside some of the biggest names in food and farming today. She is passionate about bridging the gap between farmers & consumers with a fun, scientific twist in order to educate people about the real truth of agriculture.



David Milligan

Dave Milligan farms in Cass City, located in Michigan’s “thumb”, with his wife Kris and son Mike raising wheat, corn, soybeans, and dry edible beans. Dave currently serves at the president of the National Association of Wheat Growers and is the outgoing 9-year chairman of the Michigan Wheat Program. He once served on Michigan’s Dry Bean Commission and was chair of the American Dry Bean Board.



Dr. James Mintert

James Mintert is a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics where he serves as director of the Center for Commercial Agriculture, teaches commodity futures principles, and is one of the principal investigators for the Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer, a nationwide monthly sentiment survey of U.S. agricultural producers. Before taking on his role as Center for Commercial Agriculture director, Jim served as Purdue’s assistant director of Extension for agriculture and natural resources. Prior to joining Purdue’s faculty, Jim was a professor and extension economist in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University for over two decades. He holds B.S and M.S. degrees in agricultural economics from Purdue University and a doctorate from the University of Missouri.

Over the course of his career, Jim has received numerous awards, including Outstanding Extension Program Awards from both the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and the Western Agricultural Economics Association, in addition to the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association’s Premier Forecaster Award for his production and price forecasts. The author of more than 250 publications focusing on the economics of the farm economy, Mintert addresses a variety of farm and agribusiness audiences around the nation each year. Jim acquired his interest in agriculture while working on his family’s corn, soybean and wheat operation in the Mississippi and Missouri river bottoms, just north of St. Louis.



 Tyne Morgan

Tyne Morgan is doing what she calls her "dream job." She’s a Missouri girl who has generations of agriculture rooted in her blood. Through public speaking and various contest teams, she actually plunged into broadcast at the young age of 16, working for the local radio station KMZU in Carrollton, Mo.


Tyne attended the University of Missouri-Columbia where she majored in Agricultural Journalism, with an emphasis in broadcast, graduating in 2008.


After spending numerous hours on the road as AgDay and U.S. Farm Report National Reporter, in 2014, Tyne was named the first female Host of U.S. Farm Report. She’s only the fourth host of the show, following Orion Samuelson, Max Armstrong and John Phipps. Today, Tyne continues to take a deep dive into the news and issues farmers are facing today, while also sharing stories from across rural America.


More important than any title she holds today, is her title of “Mom.”  Tyne and her husband James, have two daughters. Tyne just recently started calling Missouri “home” again, as they made the decision to plant their roots back in Missouri.



Chip Nellinger

(bio coming soon)



Ken O'Brien    

Ken O'Brien understands the value that software can bring to farmers because he has experienced it first-hand. With more than 20 years of experience in agriculture and the seed industry, focused on seed and ag software, he knows that a farmer’s seed investment is one of the biggest factors to their success each season. As part of his role at Corteva Agriscience, he helps farmers and seed professionals work together, using software to maximize the return on that seed investment.




Judd O'Connor

Judd O’Connor is president of the U.S. Commercial Business for Corteva Agriscience. In this role, Judd provides leadership for the comprehensive seed, crop protection and digital business in the U.S. He is responsible for ensuring the organization meets business objectives and delivers the outstanding products and services that growers expect.
Previously, Judd was vice president of DuPont Pioneer, with responsibility for integration activities supporting the merger of DuPont and The Dow Chemical Company.
Judd first joined Pioneer in 1999 after beginning his career in the crop protection industry. He has held various leadership positions in the Pioneer sales organization, including business director and vice president. Judd also served the DuPont organization as president, DuPont Latin America, located in Sao Paulo, Brazil. After returning to the U.S. from his Latin America role, he served as vice president, Integrated Operations for DuPont Pioneer with additional responsibility for Safety, Health, and Environment (SHE), Global Commercial Effectiveness, and Seed Treatment Enterprise.
Judd is a champion for Inclusion and Diversity and the sponsor for the Women’s Inclusion business resource group at Corteva. He also serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Cultivation Corridor and serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Des Moines Partnership, which among other efforts promote technology innovation and entrepreneurship in Iowa.
Judd attended Kansas State University and earned a degree in Agricultural Economics.



Glen Oetken

With a background in field customer support, working directly with customers and dealers, as well as produt training, Glen has 19 years with John Deere, currently working in product marketing for advanced guidance solutions. He has a BS in Automotive Technology/Diesel & Heavy Equipment from Pittsburg State University.



Michael Ott

Rantizo addresses both the field needs of farmers and the business needs of custom applicators with the platform’s combination of autonomous hardware and user-friendly software.




Dr. John Pawlak

Dr. John Pawlak received his B.S. and M.S. in soil science from Michigan State University. He completed his Ph.D. in Weed Science at Oklahoma State University and has been a part of the Valent U.S.A. weed science efforts for 32 years. In his current position as Senior Product Development Manager, he is responsible for developing new herbicides and PDM management.



Robert Pesek

Accomplished agronomy leader Robert Pesek joined Pivot Bio in October of 2018. Pesek who holds a Master of Science from Iowa State University is a Certified Professional Agronomist (CPAg). During his 20+ years in the industry, Pesek has a demonstrated history of working across a diverse geography and is skilled in a variety of ag practices including research and development, in-field production agriculture, precision agriculture as well as sales and services.




Monte Peterson

Monte Peterson is a fourth-generation soybean and corn farmer from Valley City, N.D. Peterson is a director on the board of the American Soybean Association, serving on the Trade Promotion and International Affairs Advocacy Team. He also serves as Chairman of United States Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and Chair of the USSEC Governance Committee. In his state, Peterson serves as a director on the North Dakota Soybean Growers Association (NDSGA), where he is on the Legislative Committee. Peterson is a member of the Agricultural Advisory to the Commodity Futures Trade Commission (CFTC) and is past chairman of the North Dakota Soybean Council (NDSC) and still serves on their Marketing Committee. He is a past board member of the North Central Soybean Research Program (NCSRP). Peterson and his wife Penny have two daughters and two granddaughters.




Dan Poston

Dan joined Pivot in May of 2019, and leads a team of expert agronomists who understand the exceptional science powering Pivot’s mission and how that translates to actual on-farm practices. Dan offers 20+ years of deep agronomic experience and a passion for helping farmers be more successful. Before joining Pivot, Dan held a number of agronomy roles at DuPont Pioneer (now Corteva) and spent nearly a decade working for Mississippi State University as a soybean weed scientist/agronomist. Dan earned his PhD in plant physiology/weed science from Virginia Tech.




Matt Plitt

Matt Plitt is Executive Vice President and COO of Valent U.S.A. LLC., based in San Ramon, California where he leads corporate strategy and directs all functional areas of the business in Canada, Mexico and the United States.  Valent U.S.A. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd. headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.
Matt joined Valent U.S.A. in August 2010 as the VP of Sales and was promoted to EVP and COO of the company in April 2014. For over 22 years, Matt has worked in the agricultural industry in a variety of Managerial, Sales, Marketing and Executive Roles for American Cyanamid, BASF, Agriliance and RiceCo, LLC. Matt also serves on the President’s Advisory Council for the National FFA, Ag Future of America board of directors and as treasurer for the local school board.
Matt holds an MBA and a BS in Biology from Delta State University in Cleveland, MS.




Dan Puck

Dan serves as the in-field expert for the Enlist weed control system in the eastern Corn Belt. His area includes a large number of corn and soybean acres. He helps provide information and education to farmers, applicators and retailers. Dan grew up on a fifth-generation farm in Iowa and has been with Corteva Agriscience his entire 34-year career  During that time, he served in a variety of roles in various regions.



Justin Raski

Justin Raski is the Hay and Forage Product Marketing Segment Lead at New Holland Agriculture, North America, where he manages the hay and forage product lines for the brand.  He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University, with a bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness Management in 2006.  After graduation, he joined New Holland Agriculture as a member of the dealer sales support team.  He held various product marketing specialist positions within the tractor, cash crop, dairy and livestock customer segments as well as a product marketing manager position for utility tractors before entering his current role. Throughout his product marketing roles he has persistently focused on understanding the customer needs to ensure that the New Holland product lines offered meet those customer needs.



Polly Ruhland    

As the Chief Executive Officer of United Soybean Board, Polly Ruhland works on behalf of U.S. farmers to advance agriculture’s sustainability through farmer-funded research, education and promotion programs.


Prior to joining United Soybean Board, Polly served as vice president of planning and evaluation and then Chief Executive Officer at the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board. She served as a senior vice president at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, where she led public relations and communications, membership, and corporate and affiliate relations. Early in her career, she was a journalist and editor.


After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Colorado, she earned a master’s degree in agriculture from Colorado State University, where her research focused on agricultural education reform and strategic decision-making processes in agricultural cooperatives.

She served as chairperson of the Commodity Roundtable for Chief Executive Officers of Research and Promotion Programs two years. Her interest in agriculture and environmental partnerships led her to serve on several community agricultural land-use boards, and as a volunteer for American Farmland Trust. For 13 years, she served as an ethics advisor and community representative on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee for Professional Research Services Inc., in Ft. Collins, Colorado. During the same time frame, she served on the editorial board and as a writer for Winds of Change, the official publication of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society.


Polly was awarded an Eisenhower Fellowship for International Leaders and is a Nuffield Scholar. She is a certified mediator and holds professional credentials in the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts.



Lowell Sandell

Lowell Sandell grew up on a corn and soybean farm in north central Iowa. Mr. Sandell attended Iowa State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy (1997) and a Masters in Crop Production and Physiology (Weed Science) (2000).


With Valent, Lowell’s role is product development and technical support in the western cornbelt (NE, KS and CO).  Prior to Valent, he worked at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for seven years. While there, he was involved with the annual production of The Guide for Weed Management in Nebraska, herbicide resistance management field days, and confirmation and management of herbicide resistant weeds in Nebraska.



Ernie Sanders

Ernie joined Pivot in October 2018. In this role, he oversees the design, development and launch strategy of new nitrogen products. He leads an experienced team of experts that manages field trials, analyzes performance data and studies Pivot   products’ efficacy in the field. Ernie has dedicated his career to agriculture and worked for Monsanto (now Bayer) for nearly four decades, where he specialized in research, technology direction and corporate strategy. He holds a Master of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Memphis.



Kevin Scott

Kevin Scott, a farmer from Valley Springs, S.D., is president of the American Soybean Association (ASA). He previously served as vice president and secretary and has been on the ASA board of directors since 2012. Scott has been involved in various ASA committees, including chairing the Trade Policy and International Affairs committee, and he also has served on the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) board of directors.  


Before terming off, Scott served as president and a member of the South Dakota Soybean Association (SDSA) board for more than 10 years. He still serves as a national policy issues lead for SDSA and provides other support the state needs.


Scott, his wife, and their children farm in southeast South Dakota on a fourth-generation operation that began in 1886. The Scotts have a variety of ag-related investments in livestock and other value-added projects.


Scott has an associate degree in agriculture from South Dakota State University. He and his wife have six children. Scott says his priorities are faith, family and hard work.



Dr. Fred Seamon

Fred Seamon serves as Executive Director, Agricultural Research and Product Development of CME Group.  He leads the team responsible for conducting research on the structure and performance of agricultural markets, including investigating the feasibility and developing specifications for new futures and options products globally. Since joining the company in 2001, Seamon has held roles of increasing responsibility and has been heavily involved in the creation of multiple domestic and international agricultural products, including ethanol futures contracts and cleared-only agricultural swap products.

Prior to joining CME Group, Seamon was on faculty at the University of Wyoming, where he conducted research in commodity marketing issues. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a Ph.D. in applied economics from Clemson University.




Rob Sharkey

Rob Sharkey, known in digital circles as The SharkFarmer, is not your average Illinois grain farmer. He is unwavering in his ability to directly address controversial topics, ask tough questions and get to the heart of an issue. Rob tackles life, alongside his high school sweetheart, Emily and they have four fantastic kids. With the hog crash of 98’ in the rearview mirror, an outfitting business thriving, and farming full time, Rob launched the groundbreaking SharkFarmer Podcast. His authentic interview style that comes from the idea that everyone has an important story to share has resonated with Tens of Thousands of weekly global listeners. His podcasting success catapulted him onto Sirius XM Radio, where he now has a daily show.


His latest venture is the wildly successful SharkFarmer TV show on RFDTV where audiences have demanded two seasons and counting……and he’s just getting started.



James Shurts

Since early 2020, James Shurts has served as the Senior Product Manager for Great Plains Manufacturing’s Ag Division, where he provides leadership and expertise in product introductions and market strategy. Shurts has more than 20 years of experience in the ag industry in progressive roles, including testing and development, product strategy, and operational leadership. Previously, Shurts served as Product Manager at Caterpillar, launching Claas’ Lexion combine through Caterpillar North American distribution; led growth initiatives for AGCO’s Import Division; and served as a market growth consultant for agricultural equipment. Shurts also remains an active partner in his family farm in North Central Kansas, where they have a diverse grain production focus and manage a cow-calf operation.






Connor Sible

Connor Sible is a PhD Research Assistant in the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois.  He received his BS and MS degrees in Crop Sciences from the University of Illinois. He is currently in the second year of his PhD program in the Crop Physiology Laboratory at the University of Illinois.  His research focuses on categorizing  logical products and in understanding where, how, and why they work to improve fertilizer use efficiency and increase crop yields.  He also uses agronomic inputs and various methods of crop residue management to enhance nutrient release and improve soil health. He has regularly presented his research findings at local and regional field days, and at American Society of Agronomy Annual meetings, where he has been a consistent winner in the graduate student poster and speaker competitions. He is originally from Byron, which is located in north central Ogle County, Illinois.



Aaron Sindelar

Aaron Sindelar is the Conservation Agronomist for Central Valley Ag cooperative, representing nearly 90 locations across Nebraska, Kansas, and Iowa. His position focuses on assisting growers with conservation practice planning and agronomic practice adjustment.


Aaron’s professional experiences in industry and scientific research allows him to apply scientific agronomy and soil practices at the farm level. He has authored or co-authored multiple scientific publications on crop productivity, resiliency, and soil quality. Aaron holds a B.S. in agricultural studies form the University of Nebraska, M.S. in agronomy from Kansas State University, and Ph.D. in Applied Plant Sciences from the University of Minnesota.



Steve Snyder

Steve serves as the field specialist for the Enlist weed control system in the upper Midwest, including the Dakotas and Minnesota. His area includes a large number of soybean acres. With more than 30 years of experience in crop protection for Dow AgroSciences and Corteva Agriscience, Steve is an expert in weed management, application technology and crop research. Steve grew up in northern Iowa on a farm his parents still operate. He earned an ag business degree from Iowa State University and his MBA from University of St. Thomas.



Loran Steinlage

Owner and operator of FLOLO Farms, Loren is a Farmer/Engineer for DAWNequipment/UndergroundAg with a focus on Regenerative Ag both on his farm and professionally. He was just awarded the 2020 NoTill Farmer Innovator of the Year award and been a Judge for AgLaunch365 for the last two years.




Todd H. Stucke

Todd Stucke is an industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience in both equipment and agriculture. Prior to his current position, Stucke led the Ag & Turf Division for Kubota as Vice President of Ag & Turf from 2013-2015. Under his leadership, Kubota introduced its first line of Kubota-branded Hay Tools to US customers and debuted its highest horsepower tractor to-date: the M7 Series. This milestone product introduction marked Kubota’s entry into the commercial livestock and row crop production markets, a segment where the company had never before competed.


As Senior Vice President of Marketing, Product Support and Strategic Projects at Kubota Tractor Corporation, Stucke supported the acquisition effort of Great Plains Manufacturing, including the industry leading 3-point implement producing Land Pride division, to further expand the Kubota market reach. Stucke is ultimately responsible for ensuring that Kubota’s marketing, dealer development and product support strategies collectively achieve a 360° approach to customer experience excellence.



Jim Sutter

Jim Sutter joined USSEC as its CEO in 2010 after over 30 years of industry experience with Cargill, Inc. Since joining USSEC, Sutter has led strategy development to ensure that the organization’s key focus is on differentiating and building a preference for U.S. Soy, while also ensuring market access. Key initiatives have included building on the competitive advantage of U.S. Soy’s sustainability, improving the partnership with customers in the area of sustainable food security, and demonstration of the intrinsic and extrinsic advantages of U.S. Soy to customers around the globe. Strong emphasis has also been placed on ensuring USSEC’s project management and administrative processes meet or exceed the requirements of their funding sources. Sutter grew up on a crop and cattle farm in northeastern Colorado and received a degree in Agricultural Business/Economics from Colorado State University.



Keith Tapp

Keith Tapp farms soybeans and corn on his farm in Sebree, Kentucky. He is serving his ninth year on the United Soybean Board and farms with his nephews. He’s involved in Farm Bureau on the county and state levels.


Keith has two children, Jesse and Katie, and four grandchildren: Haddie, Harper, Nash and Nyles. In his spare time, Keith enjoys landscaping and spending time with his family. He believes issues facing the industry are expanding existing markets and creating new markets and herbicide resistance. In addition, he believes soy quality, industry cooperativeness and infrastructure are big opportunities facing the industry.



Dr. Nathanael Thompson

Nathan Thompson joined the Purdue faculty in February 2016 upon earning his Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Oklahoma State University. In addition to teaching Purdue’s capstone farm management class, Thompson has a strong interest in interdisciplinary, applied research with practical implications for producers. His research and extension programs focus on examining the profitability of new production and management practices, with a specific emphasis on risk management as it pertains to farm-level decision making. Nathan took the lead in developing the Center for Commercial Agriculture’s Crop Basis Tool, which provides weekly updates of current and historical corn and soybean basis data for Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Michigan. In some of his most recent research, Thompson has been examining how adoption of various precision agriculture technologies affects farm profitability.



Aaron Ticknor

In 13 years with John Deere, Aaron has worked in product development for large tractors and product support and marketing. He has an AAS in Electronics Engineering Tech and a BA in Industrial Tech.

Aaron Ticknor In 13 years with John Deere, Aaron has worked in product development for large tractors and product support and marketing. He has an AAS in Electronics Engineering Tech and a BA in Industrial Tech.



Chris Turner

Chris Turner serves as a member of the North America Leadership Team as the U.S. Country Division Head within the Crop Science division of Bayer. Based in St. Louis, Missouri, he and his team lead the Commercial Operations business across the U.S., managing the field sales teams and developing go-to-market strategies while delivering on business goals for crop protection, branded seed, and Climate FieldView™.
Chris was most recently the VP of Commercial Operations in the U.S. Central Business Unit, managing crop protection, branded seed, and Climate FieldView™ across the Corn Belt. Before joining Bayer, Chris had been at Monsanto Company since 1998 and held a number of leadership roles. He previously served as the Global Crop Protection Lead, developing and leading the overall crop protection strategy. Chris also held the Global Dicamba Business Lead role and was the U.S. Corn Pricing Lead, in addition to several other roles within U.S. Commercial Operations.
Raised on a farm in Northeast Missouri, Chris has a passion for working in agriculture. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from the University of Missouri and continues to participate in the operations of his farm.
Chris and his wife live in St. Charles, Missouri and in his free time Chris enjoys spending time with his family, boating and hunting.





Tracy Uhlman

Tracy has been with John Deere for 18 years. She has held a variety of positions from field work with dealers and customers to market research and portfolio management. She's currently working in marketing for precision ag products. Tracy has a B.S. in Agricultural Technology and Management from Washington State University and an M.B.A. from University of Iowa.



Robbie Upton

Robbie Upton is responsible for overseeing the comprehensive marketing activities for the U.S. Crop Protection business for BASF’s North American Agriculture Solutions business.


Robbie grew up on a small family farm in North Carolina where he spent afternoons, weekends, and summers farming corn, soybeans, and livestock. He studied Agriculture and Animal Science for his undergraduate degree at NC State University. Robbie later earned his MBA from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at UNC – Chapel Hill.


Robbie has held roles with increasing responsibility in sales, marketing and sales management. He also lived abroad working for BASF’s global marketing strategy group in Limburgerhof, Germany.

Robbie resides in Cary, NC with his wife Lauren and 2 children Hayes and Caroline.



Ed Usset

Edward Usset serves as a Grain Marketing Economist for the Center for Farm Financial Management at the University of Minnesota, the developers of FINPACK software. Working with colleagues at CFFM and in extension, Ed developed several workshops including “Winning the Game” and “How to get $4 Corn.” He manages Commodity Challenge, an online marketing education game that uses real-time cash and futures data. Ed also teaches "Commodity Markets" at the University and is a regular contributor for Corn and Soybean Digest and Farm Futures. The 2nd Edition of his book, “Grain Marketing is Simple (it’s just not easy)” was released in 2015.



Bob Utterback

(bio coming soon)



Brad Van De Woestyne

With a background in agronomy, sensors and data, Brad has been with John Deere for 15 years. He also owns and manages a family farm operation in Illinois. Brad has a B.S. in Crop Science from the University of Illinois, a PhD in Agronomy from Iowa State University and a Certificate in Systems Design & Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.




Justin Wolfe

Justin Wolfe brings nearly 30 years of agriculture industry experience. He was appointed North America Regional Director for Syngenta Seeds in June 2020.  Currently located in Chicago, Illinois, he is responsible for overall leadership and operations of the seeds business for the region.


Prior to taking over the North American Seeds business, Justin joined Syngenta in September 2018 where he led Syngenta’s Europe, Africa and Middle East and (EAME) seeds business. Justin successfully transformed the organization into a customer-focused, dedicated seed organization with strong fundamental growth during his tenure.    


Justin moved to Europe in 2012 with Monsanto where he lived in three countries (Hungary, Ukraine and Switzerland) and held positions as Vice President of Marketing (Europe and Middle East), Managing Director & Commercial Vice President (East Europe), and Europe & Middle East Commercial Operations Vice President.  


Justin was raised on a wheat farm in Northern Montana and his experience includes significant knowledge in P&L/general management, commercial operations, marketing, strategy, licensing and M&A. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Montana State University in 1993 and an Executive Masters of International Business from Saint Louis University in 2008.



Willie Vogt

Willie has been covering agriculture for 40 years from his early days at a weekly farm newspaper to his current position at Farm Progress where he oversees an editorial business that includes 18 magazine brands and websites. He has had the good fortune to cover key developments in agricultural technology during his career including the rise of Precision Agriculture, crop biotechnology, UAVs, and Big Data. Willie graduated from Iowa State University in 1980 and eventually ended up in Minnesota. He joined Farm Progress full time in 1996 as technology editor and became Editorial Director in 2004. He was named to his current position in 2013.  



Jason Webster

Jason Webster is the Lead Commercial Agronomist at Precision Planting acting as the key researcher and educator for the Precision Planting Commercial team, dealers and growers. His experience bolsters on-farm research efforts and the capability to provide solid agronomic education for dealers and growers. Jason is an industry-leading expert in the agronomic and profit impacts of different farming practices. Jason manages and directs the new Precision Technology Institute in Pontiac, IL where he conducts on-farm research on ways to help growers improve farm profitability.


Jason is a graduate of Illinois State University and his family is actively engaged in their family farm located near Cabery, IL.  2021 will be Jason's 34th year of farming growing mainly corn and soybeans in Livingston, Ford, and Kankakee counties in Illinois.



Dusty Weiss

Dusty Weis is the co-host and producer of Wherever Jon May Roam: The National Corn Growers Association Podcast, and the president and founder of Podcamp Media, a branded podcast production agency for businesses proudly based in Wisconsin. He's also the host of the Lead Balloon Podcast, Adweek's 2020 "Marketing Podcast of the Year."

Launched in the summer of 2019, Podcamp Media is a Milwaukee-based media production agency specializing in branded podcasts for businesses. Using high-production value on-demand audio, supporting video and social media, Podcamp helps companies and associations engage their customers and members through targeted storytelling.
Prior to founding Podcamp Media, Dusty worked as the strategic communications manager at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers and the public relations supervisor at Milwaukee City Hall. He got his first job behind a microphone at the age of 17, and went on to work as a reporter and news anchor at WIOD-AM in Miami, Fla. and WTDY-AM in Madison, Wis. He was also a correspondent for the CBS Radio news network. With nearly 20 years of media production experience, his passion for storytelling and client-focused work ethic is rooted in his Midwestern upbringing.



Brad Wenger

Brad Wenger has a B.S. in Agricultural &  logical Engineering from Penn State University and a Master's of Business Administration (MBA) from Lebanon Valley College. Brad has spent 5 years working in machine design with CNH Industrial before spending the last 5 years in Sales & Marketing with the New Holland Brand, a brand within CNH Industrial. Brad has led the forage harvester business at New Holland for the past two years. The New Holland Brand offers a full line of agricultural equipment for growers of nearly any crop type.



Kirk Wesley

Kirk Wesley is the Advanced Farming Systems (AFS) marketing manager.






Don Wick

Don Wick began his farm broadcasting career in 1982 at a small radio station in Wabasha, Minnesota. Through the years, Wick worked at industry-leading radio stations WCCO in Minneapolis, Minnesota and WNAX-Yankton, South Dakota. In 2003, Wick joined the Red River Farm Network and is now the company’s president.


In 2018, Wick was inducted into the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Wick was NAFB’s president in 1997 and the National Farm Broadcaster of the Year in 2004. In addition, Wick was part of the first class inducted into the Minnesota FFA Hall of Fame in 2004 and walked across the stage at the National FFA Convention to receive his Honorary Degree. Wick currently is a member of the Minnesota AgriGrowth Council board of directors.



 Ariel Wiegard

Ariel Wiegard serves as director of government affairs at the American Soybean Association, where she lobbies on conservation, sustainability, precision agriculture, farm data, food and nutrition, and other issues of importance to Soy. Her policy experience includes work on conservation and ag tech issues including climate change, biodiversity & endangered species, water quality & quantity, precision planting, data privacy, and rural broadband & 5G.



Brent Wilson

Brent Wilson serves as Leader of Product Management and Agronomy for the Pioneer brand in the US at Corteva Agriscience. In the past 36+ years with Pioneer, he has held various roles associated with crop management in both the sales and research areas. His current role is to support the team of Field and Product Agronomists with systems, processes and information to advance the best products, learn those products and position them with our customers with a high degree of crop management information. Brent holds a B.S. in Agronomy and Pest Management from Iowa State University and Masters of Agronomy from Iowa State University.



Doug Winter

Doug Winter operates a 3,000-acre grain farm in southeastern Illinois producing soybeans (commercial and seed), corn (generic, food grade and specialty), wheat, and grain sorghum. He is a fifth-generation farmer managing land that was first purchased, cleared and drained by his great-great grandfather in 1869. The row-crop operation includes several soil types and terrains ranging from flat, dark and lighter textured silt loams to rolling to highly rolling silt clay and incorporates tillage and cropping practices including cover crops, no-till, mulch-till and conventional tillage. Winter serves as one of four farmer/directors representing Illinois on the United Soybean Board and as vice chairman of USSEC.



Dr. Bryan Young

Dr. Bryan Young is a Professor of Weed Science in the department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Purdue University. Bryan earned his bachelor’s degree in crop and soil science at Michigan State University and doctorate in crop science (specialization in weed science) from the University of Illinois. Bryan has held an academic appointment with teaching, research, and outreach activities for over 22 years.  Bryan’s research and education at Purdue focuses on weed  logy and ecology, herbicide application technology, and characterizing herbicide resistance in weeds. His goal is to bridge the basic and applied aspects of weed management research to improve weed management recommendations for crop producers and land managers.




Luke Zerby

Luke Zerby is the Precision Land Management (PLM) marketing manager for New Holland North America. He has been with New Holland for over 8 years and in his current role for the past 5. He is eager to share about the future benefits and opportunities that PLM can bring to all operations; including to the Hay & Forage and Dairy & Livestock segments. Luke grew up on a hay and livestock