Indiana Milk Quality Conference
2017 Speaker Biographies
Dr. Bret Marsh, DVM - Indiana Board of Animal Health
Dr. Marsh serves as the Indiana State Veterinarian. He is responsible for all statewide animal health programs, as well as providing inspection services for the meat, poultry and dairy products industries. He is also an advisor to the Indiana State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. Dr. Marsh previously served as the Special Detail to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture’s Homeland Security Staff. In that role, he represented the views of the country’s state veterinarians on issues affecting the nation’s ability to preserve and protect its agricultural assets. Dr. Marsh was Treasurer to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) for six years, and served in the AVMA House of Delegates for nearly a decade. Dr. Marsh is a past President of the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association and Executive Committee member of the United States Animal Health Association. He has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from both the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine and the Purdue College of Agriculture. He received his BS degree in Animal Sciences, and his DVM from Purdue University.
Greg Slipher - Indiana Farm Bureau
Greg Slipher joined Indiana Farm Bureau staff as a Livestock Development Specialist and began his duties in December of 2006. He comes to Farm Bureau from a livestock production background and has championed livestock issues for the Indiana Pork Producers Association for 12 years as their Director of Industry Services & Development. His IPPA responsibilities included industry communications, educational program development and delivery, relationship building and local advocacy. He is largely responsible for the successful "IPPA, Building Strong Communities" and "IPPA, Good Neighbor" programs. Greg has extensive local government experience having served as chair of the Clinton County Area Plan Commission, chair of the Clinton County Soil & Water Conservation District and service on the Clinton County Board of Zoning Appeals. Since joining Indiana Farm Bureau, Greg has worked with Area Plan Commissions and County Commissioners as he has advocated for livestock in over 50 counties in Indiana. He has been active in leadership development through the Indiana Agricultural Leadership Institute, Indiana and National Young Farmer Associations, FFA and National Council for Vocational and Technical Education in Agriculture. Greg lives in Boone County and has two grown children, son Jordan and daughter Lindsey.
Jeremy Arend – Pro Active Solutions USA
Jeremy Arend grew up milking cows on his uncle’s 80 cow dairy in Southwest Michigan. He attended Michigan State University and earned a Dairy Technology certificate and a bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness Management. While at MSU Jeremy completed internships with Monsanto and Cargill Animal Nutrition. He was also involved with student organizations such as, Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and MSU Dairy Club. After MSU, Jeremy worked for five years as a field representative with Dairy Farmers of America and Dairy Marketing Services in Southern Michigan and Northwest Indiana. He assisted farms with maintaining high milk quality, lowering somatic cell counts and passing Grade A surveys. For the last 7 years he has worked for Pro Active Solutions as an Ag Quality Specialist and has recently taken the role of Business Development Manager. For the last four years he has been on the board of the Indiana Milk Quality Professionals. The last two he has served as the Vice-President. Jeremy resides in southeast Michigan with his wife Lea and two sons Asher and Eli. He enjoys watching his boys play baseball and soccer and attending MSU sporting events.
Doug Leman - Indiana Dairy Producers
Douglas Leman is a native of Francesville, Indiana, a small farming community located in the Northwest part of the state. Upon graduation from high school, he attended the Purdue Agriculture Short Course and then returned home to the families’ grain and dairy farm. Doug and his wife, Margaret, took over the family dairy and continued as partners in the grain operation along with Doug’s three brothers. In 2001, Doug and Margaret, along with their four sons, decided to venture out on their own. Pursuing their passion for dairy farming, they built Sunny Ridge Dairy, an 800 head dairy farm. The family enjoyed working together for ten years before making the decision to sell the farm in 2011. In April of 2011, Doug became the Executive Director of Indiana Dairy Producers. During his tenure as Executive Director, one of Doug’s main objectives has been to bring more processing into the state, thus allowing for increased export potential for Indiana’s dairy industry. In 2014, Doug was invited by the Lt. Governor to participate in her Agriculture Trade Mission to Asia where they traveled to Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. Doug continues to expand his relationships, both locally and internationally, with the goal of supporting the dairy industry in Indiana and beyond.
Doug Metcalf - Indiana Board of Animal Health
Doug is a 1971 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. Additionally he has graduated from the University of Southern California, MSSM, Central Michigan University, MBA, Indiana University, MPA and the US Army War College. Prior to becoming the Dairy Division Director, Doug served as the Chief of Staff for the Board of Animal Health and worked in the private sector in accounting and information technology. Doug is a Retired Regular Army Officer who saw nearly 26 years of service in Germany and the United States. His capstone assignment was as the Director of Army Pay for the Defense Finance and Accounting Service at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Army Meritorious Service Medal. Doug and his wife Kathy have four adult children and five grandchildren and live in Carmel, Indiana.
Jackie Barber - American Dairy Association of Indiana
Jackie Barber has served as the Producer Relations Coordinator at American Dairy Association Indiana since 2013. Through her time working with Indiana dairy farmers, she has become passionate about the dairy industry. Although not from a dairy background, Jackie has always been an avid milk drinker and a cow lover. She studied Agricultural Communications at Oklahoma State University and is a native of Fishers, Indiana.
Indiana Milk Quality Professionals, Inc.
@ Robin Fuhrman, Secretary/Treasurer
P.O. Box 10419
Fort Wayne, IN 46852