Indiana Milk Quality Professionals, Inc.
IndianaMilk Quality Professionals, Inc.

2016 Speakers Bios

Indiana Milk Quality Conference

2016 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.

 

Jerry Goshert – The Farmer’s Exchange

Jerry Goshert is the editor at The Farmer’s Exchange (2001-present) in New Paris, Indiana. Before his promotion to editor in 2001, he served as associate editor for six years (1995-2001).  The Farmer’s Exchange is a weekly publication that has been in existence since 1926, and is known as “Michiana’s Popular Farm Paper”. The Farmer’s Exchange delivers farm news to a readership of approximately 12,000 people across 28 counties in northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan.  Jerry grew up on a small livestock and grain farm near Mentone, and was a 10-year 4-H member in Kosciusko County, Indiana. He graduated from Grace College with a dual degree in communication and speech education. After college he taught speech and journalism at North Putnam High School for several years prior to joining the Exchange. Currently Jerry lives in New Paris with his wife Reba and three daughters. He is also a member of Nappanee Missionary Church in Nappanee, Indiana.  In 2016 Jerry is serving as the chairman of the Northern Indiana Dairy Trail. This project has been endorsed as an official legacy project by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, and involves open houses at 11 dairy farms in June across northern Indiana and one special event on October 4 with the statewide torch relay. For more information, visit dairytrail.com and facebook.com/dairytrail.

 

Andy Tauer - Indiana Soybean Alliance & Indiana Corn Marketing Council

Andy Tauer serves as the Director of Livestock for the Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Marketing Council.  In this role Andy works with other organizations to support livestock farmers throughout the state, livestock are the largest consumer of soybeans and corn.  By helping to ensure a strong livestock segment in Indiana, demand is built for the crop grown by the soybean and corn farmers he directly represents.  Prior to going to work for the Soybean and Corn farmers of Indiana, Andy spent 3 years working at the Indiana Department of Environmental Management as the Agricultural Liaison.  In this role Andy worked with the agency on many of the major regulatory areas that touch agriculture.

 

Kevin Olson – Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc.

Kevin Olson is currently employed as Director of Member Relations with Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc. of Carlinville, Illinois. He is involved with member relations issues since his start with Prairie Farms in 1991. Within the company, internal opportunities allowed Kevin a shift in emphasis from daily procurement to field services in 2004.  Kevin assumed responsibility for the cooperative’s quality incentive program in 2007 and later accepted the title of director of member relations.  Kevin is a member of the National Milk Producer’s Federation Animal Health and Well-Being, Environmental Issues and NCIMS Committees, has been involved in the development of FARM (Farmers Assuring Responsible Management), and leads the Prairie Farms second-party evaluation process through this program.  In conjunction with the FARM program, Kevin leads Prairie Farms’ corporate sustainability efforts from the member side of the processor supply chain.  Kevin is also a member of the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments, Council III.  Kevin’s life-long passion for the dairy industry extends from his raising on a Wisconsin dairy farm and experience as a dairy herdsman in Wisconsin and Illinois.

 

Julie Cole – Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc.

Julie is the Corporate Lab Supervisor for Prairie Farms Dairy in Carlinville IL. She has been with Prairie Farms for 24 years, the last 10 as Lab Supervisor.  Carlinville Lab staff performs all the quality testing for Prairie Farms producers and coordinating the prompt delivery of information to the field staff and corporate data base.    Spending a good deal time at the other Prairie Farms labs communicating and training with all the other Prairie Farms lab personnel when it comes to updated testing procedures and record keeping or any other issues a lab may be experiencing,  is one of her favorite things to do. As a SQF certified practitioner she spends time working with the other plants to keep everyone up to date with changes and updates and following the regulations and records set forth by SQF. Working closely with Industry suppliers to be sure that Prairie Farms is using the most cost effective and up to date methods available for lab procedures.  This was the first year that she served on the NCIMS Lab Committee attending the meeting in Portland in the spring.  Julie and husband Mark live in Macoupin County on a grain and livestock farm.  She has a degree in Ag Science from Western IL 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.

 

Helen Piotter – Dean Foods Company

Helen Piotter is a Food Safety and Regulatory Manager for Dean Foods Company. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a BS in Agriculture. She worked for the State of Indiana for 24 years as a Dairy Farm Specialist, Plant Specialist and State Milk Rating Officer. She then pursued a career with Dean Foods starting as a Quality Assurance Manager in their Rochester Indiana facility. In 2011 she took her present position as a food safety and regulatory manager. Helen is responsible for several programs with Dean Foods (EU conformance, plate heat exchanger testing), as well as performing training, plant audits, equipment compliance reviews and being a regulatory consultant for their engineering team. She serves on the Board of Directors for 3 A Sanitary Standards Inc., a voluntary equipment standards writing group, in addition to being active on several 3 A work groups. She is very involved in the NCIMS (National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments) as a member of the Document Review Committee, Committee for Methods of Making Ratings and Council lll, and is active on the Technical Engineering Review Committee.

 

Ted McKinney - Indiana State Department of Agriculture

Ted McKinney was sworn in as director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture on January 7, 2014, by Governor Mike Pence.  With more than 25 years of agriculture leadership experience, Director McKinney brings an extensive knowledge and understanding of Indiana and global agriculture to ISDA.  Prior to joining ISDA, he was Director of Global Corporate Affairs for Elanco Animal Health, a subsidiary of Eli Lilly and Company.  Director McKinney grew up on a family grain and livestock farm in Tipton, Indiana.  He began his career in 1981 when he joined the Agricultural Chemicals business of Elanco Products Company, later moving to the parent company, Lilly.  In 1990, he joined Dow AgroSciences where he spent nearly 20 years in a variety of Corporate Affairs responsibilities.  In 2009, he returned to Elanco in Global Corporate Affairs.    During his Dow AgroSciences tenure, he took leave in 2000 to serve as co-founder and Interim Executive Director for the Council for Biotechnology Information, a public information program sponsored by a consortium of companies involved with the development of crop biotechnology.  Ted is co-chair of the National FFA Conventions Local Organizing Committee for Indianapolis, and a member of the Indiana State Fair Commission.  He served on the boards & executive committees for the Washington, D.C.-based International Food Information Council (IFIC) and Denver-based U.S. Meat Export Federation, as well as the lead team for the International Federation of Animal Health (IFAH).  In Indianapolis, he serves on the Mayor’s Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee (GIPC), and at Purdue on the Dean of Agriculture Advisory Committee.  From 2009 until 2010, he served as chair of the Indiana Agriculture Regulatory Structure Task Force, a working group commissioned by the Lieutenant Governor of the State of Indiana.  McKinney is a 1991 graduate of the Indiana Agricultural Leadership Program and a 1992 graduate of the Stanley K. Lacey Indianapolis Executive Leadership Series.  He was honored in 2004 by the National FFA Organization with an honorary American FFA Degree.  McKinney was a 10-year 4-H member, a former Indiana State FFA Officer, and a graduate of Purdue University where he received a B.S. degree in Agricultural Economics in 1981.   During his time at Purdue, he received the G.A. Ross Award as the outstanding senior male graduate.  In 2002, he was named a Purdue Agriculture Distinguished Alumnus.  Ted is married to Julie Ann. They have three children: Brad, Brooke, and Caroline, two who are married, and two granddaughters.

 

Dr. Joe Hogan – Ohio State University

Joe Hogan is a Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Animal Sciences, The Ohio State University located at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Wooster Ohio.  His degrees include a BS from Louisiana State University, MS from University of Kentucky and PhD from University of Vermont.  His research activities focus on studies to characterize bovine mammary gland host defense against intramammary infections, characterize virulence factors of mastitis causing bacteria, and develop means to modulate mammary defenses.  Dr. Hogan is the past President of the National Mastitis Council, former Chair of National Mastitis Research Foundation, and currently the United States representative to the International Dairy Federation Standing Committee on Animal Health and Welfare.

 

Somula (Sam) Schwoeppe – Schwoeppe Dairy LLC.

Sam schwoeppe is part of Schwoeppe Dairy LLC in south west Indiana.  Schwoeppe Dairy LLC milks around 100 holstein and brown swiss cows in a double 5 herringbone parlor.  The Schwoeppe herd is fed a TMR ration and maintains a herd average of 24,457 pounds.  The milk cows are maintained in a 72 free stall barn with sand bedding and the dry cows are kept on a manure pack.  In addition to the cows, the Schwoeppe family farms close to 200 acres.  Sam Schwoeppe has a lifetime of experience living and working on a dairy farm with responsibilities including milking, feeding, crop work, record keeping, accounting, and animal care management.  Sam feels that living and working on a dairy farm is a fantastic place to raise a family and to learn about work ethics, care and compassion for people and animals, and to see the results and consequences of decisions made every day on the farm and how important it is to have teamwork for success.  In addition to the work she does on the farm, Sam has worked as a Dairy Herd Improvement Supervisor for the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, which involved visiting dairy farms in south west Indiana on a monthly basis where she assisted them with record keeping, milk sampling, and general dairy management consultation for herds of different size, breed, and management types.  Schwoeppe Dairy LLC is a member of Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc., and Sam serves on the Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc. Board of Directors as the Treasurer.  She has been involved in the National Milk Producers Federation Young Cooperators and served on their Advisory Council in 2014.  Sam is involved in her community in many facets.  Included in her involvements are: a 4-H leader for over 20 years, served on the 4-H council and livestock committees, President of the Dubois County Young Dairyman, President of Southwest Indiana Holstein Breeders, President of the Holland Elementary School PTO, wrestling booster President, Dubois County Farm Bureau Assistant Women’s Leader, Indiana Farm Bureau, Indiana Holstein Board of Directors, Indiana Holstein Association Junior Advisor, American Dairy Association of Indiana Board of Directors, and Indiana Dairy Development Board.

 

Lance Sommer – Sommer Farms

Lance Sommer is a dairy producer who milks 260 cows in south central Adams County. He is 28 years old and happily married to his wife of 6 years Nan Sommer. They have an 8 month old daughter Hallie.  Lance is in business with his mother and father, David and Gloria Sommer, and brother-in-law, Kevin Girod. Along with milking the cows, they raise all there heifer replacements on farm, along with growing all the feed needed on the acreage they own and rent. Along with raising the feed for the dairy they also grain farm on the remainder of the 2,300 acres. On the dairy side, they have invested in technology by putting in 5 Lely A4 robots, Houle alley scrapers, a Juno auto feed pusher, cow brushes for cow comfort, and an auto calf feeder that feeds baby calves milk replacer.  Lance and his family host between 30 and 40 farm tours throughout the year. These tours include local kindergartens, whole Amish schools, and Sunday school classes for local churches.  Lance is an area representative for Dairy Farmers of America and also a member of Indiana Dairy Producers. He helps out with several FFA chapters and the local county 4-H program.  In high school Lance enjoyed playing sports and still enjoys watching and playing them today.

 

Charlie Carter – Carterly Farms Inc.

Charlie and Margaret Carter, after renting the dairy farm from his parents, purchased it in 1992 and converted the farm land and the herd of registered Holsteins from a confinement operation to a grazing operation. Currently milking 110 cows, Charlie and Margaret operate the dairy with their daughter, Kelly MacKinnon, and some additional part time labor. Cattle are grazed from eight to nine months of the year with supplemental feed available at the bunk in the free stall barn. Approximately half of the daily dry matter intake is from the grazed forages during the grazing season.  “Producing and selling only high quality milk that I want to drink” is Charlie’s philosophy.  Carterly Farm Inc. strives to be one of Prairie Farm’s leaders in selling low somatic cell milk. The available premiums for producing high quality milk make the little bit of extra effort quite attractive and sometimes are the difference between profit and loss in low milk price years.  The Carters also have offered a 4-H dairy leasing program for twenty years. The leasing program started with three members and last year 36 4-H members came to their farm to train cattle in preparation for the Boone County 4-H Dairy Show.  This has allowed them to meet some great families, but also to share how dairy products are produced.  Charlie, Margaret and Kelly also participate in various other dairy promotion opportunities.

 

Christy Dinsmoore – Michigan Milk Producers Association

Christy Dinsmoore is a mastitis management specialist for Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA), a regional dairy cooperative serving approximately 2,000 dairy farmers in Michigan Indiana, Ohio, and Wisconsin.  Thanks to her tireless commitment to improving milk quality on member farms, Christy has been an invaluable part of the MMPA field staff team for the past 10 years.  In addition to assisting farms with equipment evaluations and milking procedures to improve milk quality, she also heads up the cooperative’s Milker Training School Program.  Each year, hundreds of members and their employees attend day-long MMPA Milker Training Schools, planned and presented by Christy and her team, to learn and practice proper udder prep and milking procedure while discussing strategies to improve on-farm management of mastitis critical control points.  Christy’s efforts have not gone unnoticed.  The Michigan Dairy Industry Conference recognized her as the state’s Field Person of the Year in 2012. A testament to Christy’s milk quality leadership, while producing 2 percent of the country’s milk supply, MMPA members took home three of the six 2013 platinum National Dairy Quality Awards and 30 percent of all the quality awards bestowed nationwide.  Christy received her Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University in 2004, majoring in animal science.  When she is not boot deep in work, she can be found making home improvements to her newly acquired farmhouse and working on her family’s beef operation in the thumb of Michigan.  You can reach her at dinsmoore@mimilk.com

 

Alex Beard

Alex Beard is program manager of the Milk Quality Specialist Program for the Mideast Area of Dairy Farmers of America (DFA).  He also assists with supervisory duties in Southwest Region.  He has been employed with DFA for 9 years, including almost 7 years managing milk quality and member relations in the central Ohio area as a field representative.  Alex graduated from OSU’s college of Agriculture in Animal Science and OSU Agricultural Technical Institute in Applied Dairy Science.  Alex and his wife Sarah have three children and live in Richwood Ohio. 

 

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.

 

Fabian Bernal - Dairy Farmers of America

Fabian Bernal B.S., M.S., P.A.S. is the Manager of Dairy Science and Farm Practices for Dairy Farmers of America (DFA).  Fabian joined DFA in 2011.  He is responsible for leading cooperative and industry initiatives related to animal health, production systems and on-farm practices. He is also in charge of managing national efforts related to on-farm practices, including providing key resources to staff to increase their ability to provide value to members.  Fabian is a native of Bogota, Colombia. He attended the University of La Salle. He graduated from Western Kentucky University with bachelor’s degrees in Agri-Business and Ag Economics. He also has a master’s degree in Animal Science with a specialty in large animal nutrition.  Fabian worked previously for Alltech as manager of the dairy advisor team, responsible for the Dairy Workers and Dairy Audit programs. He has worked on more than 650 farms in the U.S. and around the world. He loves music, winemaking, horseback riding with his wife and taking care of their animals on their Kentucky farm.  His specialties include:  Management: Dairy Management, Marketing, International Economics, Operational Research and Development, Biostatistics, Professional Ethics, Business Administration, Agriculture: Production, Ag.business, Ag.Technology, Animal Production and Nutrition, Milk quality and Dairy performance.

 

Chad Martin, M. S. – Purdue University

Chad Martin, M.S is the Renewable Energy Extension Specialist in the school of Agricultural & Biological Engineering at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.  Martin is a statewide Specialist and manages the engagement efforts of the Renewable Energy Extension program at Purdue University.  His work involves deploying research derived expertise among diverse networks.  He assists in the outreach of the Purdue Energy Center at Discovery Park and assists local Extension Educators to serve both the public and private stakeholders.  He currently focuses in the areas of on-farm energy efficiency, bioenergy, utility scale and distributed solar energy, and wind energy.  The program goal is to support local economic development by building capacity and provide services to stakeholders as they discover emerging opportunities to accumulate competitive advantages for the successful growth of the clean energy sector. Martin’s background in renewable energy began at the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA) at Western Illinois University where he co-organized various action programs, including the formation of New Generation Cooperatives and LLCs to capitalize numerous biofuels production facilities with local ownership.  Before coming to Purdue University in 2008, he was the business development specialist with the Indiana Cooperative Development Center in Indianapolis. He has a Bachelor degree from Western Illinois University and a Master’s degree from Purdue University.

 

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.

 

Neil Bendixen

Neil Bendixen is the Northwest Region Membership Supervisor – Mideast Council for Dairy Farmers of America (DFA).  He also serves as the Manager, Contract Hauling – Dairy Marketing Services in Syracuse, New York, NCIMS, Hauling Committee, NCIMS, Council II, and the Dairy Practices Council, Executive Board.  In the past Neil was the Regional Sales Manager for Walker Stainless in Wisconsin, Manager of  Dispatch & Transportation for Michigan Milk Producers Association in Michigan, Plant Manager for County Line Cheese in Indiana, and Owner/Operator Milk Hauler in Wisconsin.

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Indiana Milk Quality Conference

2016 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.

 

Jerry Goshert – The Farmer’s Exchange

Jerry Goshert is the editor at The Farmer’s Exchange (2001-present) in New Paris, Indiana. Before his promotion to editor in 2001, he served as associate editor for six years (1995-2001).  The Farmer’s Exchange is a weekly publication that has been in existence since 1926, and is known as “Michiana’s Popular Farm Paper”. The Farmer’s Exchange delivers farm news to a readership of approximately 12,000 people across 28 counties in northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan.  Jerry grew up on a small livestock and grain farm near Mentone, and was a 10-year 4-H member in Kosciusko County, Indiana. He graduated from Grace College with a dual degree in communication and speech education. After college he taught speech and journalism at North Putnam High School for several years prior to joining the Exchange. Currently Jerry lives in New Paris with his wife Reba and three daughters. He is also a member of Nappanee Missionary Church in Nappanee, Indiana.  In 2016 Jerry is serving as the chairman of the Northern Indiana Dairy Trail. This project has been endorsed as an official legacy project by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, and involves open houses at 11 dairy farms in June across northern Indiana and one special event on October 4 with the statewide torch relay. For more information, visit dairytrail.com and facebook.com/dairytrail.

 

Andy Tauer - Indiana Soybean Alliance & Indiana Corn Marketing Council

Andy Tauer serves as the Director of Livestock for the Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Marketing Council.  In this role Andy works with other organizations to support livestock farmers throughout the state, livestock are the largest consumer of soybeans and corn.  By helping to ensure a strong livestock segment in Indiana, demand is built for the crop grown by the soybean and corn farmers he directly represents.  Prior to going to work for the Soybean and Corn farmers of Indiana, Andy spent 3 years working at the Indiana Department of Environmental Management as the Agricultural Liaison.  In this role Andy worked with the agency on many of the major regulatory areas that touch agriculture.

 

Kevin Olson – Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc.

Kevin Olson is currently employed as Director of Member Relations with Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc. of Carlinville, Illinois. He is involved with member relations issues since his start with Prairie Farms in 1991. Within the company, internal opportunities allowed Kevin a shift in emphasis from daily procurement to field services in 2004.  Kevin assumed responsibility for the cooperative’s quality incentive program in 2007 and later accepted the title of director of member relations.  Kevin is a member of the National Milk Producer’s Federation Animal Health and Well-Being, Environmental Issues and NCIMS Committees, has been involved in the development of FARM (Farmers Assuring Responsible Management), and leads the Prairie Farms second-party evaluation process through this program.  In conjunction with the FARM program, Kevin leads Prairie Farms’ corporate sustainability efforts from the member side of the processor supply chain.  Kevin is also a member of the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments, Council III.  Kevin’s life-long passion for the dairy industry extends from his raising on a Wisconsin dairy farm and experience as a dairy herdsman in Wisconsin and Illinois.

 

Julie Cole – Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc.

Julie is the Corporate Lab Supervisor for Prairie Farms Dairy in Carlinville IL. She has been with Prairie Farms for 24 years, the last 10 as Lab Supervisor.  Carlinville Lab staff performs all the quality testing for Prairie Farms producers and coordinating the prompt delivery of information to the field staff and corporate data base.    Spending a good deal time at the other Prairie Farms labs communicating and training with all the other Prairie Farms lab personnel when it comes to updated testing procedures and record keeping or any other issues a lab may be experiencing,  is one of her favorite things to do. As a SQF certified practitioner she spends time working with the other plants to keep everyone up to date with changes and updates and following the regulations and records set forth by SQF. Working closely with Industry suppliers to be sure that Prairie Farms is using the most cost effective and up to date methods available for lab procedures.  This was the first year that she served on the NCIMS Lab Committee attending the meeting in Portland in the spring.  Julie and husband Mark live in Macoupin County on a grain and livestock farm.  She has a degree in Ag Science from Western IL 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.

 

Helen Piotter – Dean Foods Company

Helen Piotter is a Food Safety and Regulatory Manager for Dean Foods Company. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a BS in Agriculture. She worked for the State of Indiana for 24 years as a Dairy Farm Specialist, Plant Specialist and State Milk Rating Officer. She then pursued a career with Dean Foods starting as a Quality Assurance Manager in their Rochester Indiana facility. In 2011 she took her present position as a food safety and regulatory manager. Helen is responsible for several programs with Dean Foods (EU conformance, plate heat exchanger testing), as well as performing training, plant audits, equipment compliance reviews and being a regulatory consultant for their engineering team. She serves on the Board of Directors for 3 A Sanitary Standards Inc., a voluntary equipment standards writing group, in addition to being active on several 3 A work groups. She is very involved in the NCIMS (National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments) as a member of the Document Review Committee, Committee for Methods of Making Ratings and Council lll, and is active on the Technical Engineering Review Committee.

 

Ted McKinney - Indiana State Department of Agriculture

Ted McKinney was sworn in as director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture on January 7, 2014, by Governor Mike Pence.  With more than 25 years of agriculture leadership experience, Director McKinney brings an extensive knowledge and understanding of Indiana and global agriculture to ISDA.  Prior to joining ISDA, he was Director of Global Corporate Affairs for Elanco Animal Health, a subsidiary of Eli Lilly and Company.  Director McKinney grew up on a family grain and livestock farm in Tipton, Indiana.  He began his career in 1981 when he joined the Agricultural Chemicals business of Elanco Products Company, later moving to the parent company, Lilly.  In 1990, he joined Dow AgroSciences where he spent nearly 20 years in a variety of Corporate Affairs responsibilities.  In 2009, he returned to Elanco in Global Corporate Affairs.    During his Dow AgroSciences tenure, he took leave in 2000 to serve as co-founder and Interim Executive Director for the Council for Biotechnology Information, a public information program sponsored by a consortium of companies involved with the development of crop biotechnology.  Ted is co-chair of the National FFA Conventions Local Organizing Committee for Indianapolis, and a member of the Indiana State Fair Commission.  He served on the boards & executive committees for the Washington, D.C.-based International Food Information Council (IFIC) and Denver-based U.S. Meat Export Federation, as well as the lead team for the International Federation of Animal Health (IFAH).  In Indianapolis, he serves on the Mayor’s Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee (GIPC), and at Purdue on the Dean of Agriculture Advisory Committee.  From 2009 until 2010, he served as chair of the Indiana Agriculture Regulatory Structure Task Force, a working group commissioned by the Lieutenant Governor of the State of Indiana.  McKinney is a 1991 graduate of the Indiana Agricultural Leadership Program and a 1992 graduate of the Stanley K. Lacey Indianapolis Executive Leadership Series.  He was honored in 2004 by the National FFA Organization with an honorary American FFA Degree.  McKinney was a 10-year 4-H member, a former Indiana State FFA Officer, and a graduate of Purdue University where he received a B.S. degree in Agricultural Economics in 1981.   During his time at Purdue, he received the G.A. Ross Award as the outstanding senior male graduate.  In 2002, he was named a Purdue Agriculture Distinguished Alumnus.  Ted is married to Julie Ann. They have three children: Brad, Brooke, and Caroline, two who are married, and two granddaughters.

 

Dr. Joe Hogan – Ohio State University

Joe Hogan is a Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Animal Sciences, The Ohio State University located at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Wooster Ohio.  His degrees include a BS from Louisiana State University, MS from University of Kentucky and PhD from University of Vermont.  His research activities focus on studies to characterize bovine mammary gland host defense against intramammary infections, characterize virulence factors of mastitis causing bacteria, and develop means to modulate mammary defenses.  Dr. Hogan is the past President of the National Mastitis Council, former Chair of National Mastitis Research Foundation, and currently the United States representative to the International Dairy Federation Standing Committee on Animal Health and Welfare.

 

Somula (Sam) Schwoeppe – Schwoeppe Dairy LLC.

Sam schwoeppe is part of Schwoeppe Dairy LLC in south west Indiana.  Schwoeppe Dairy LLC milks around 100 holstein and brown swiss cows in a double 5 herringbone parlor.  The Schwoeppe herd is fed a TMR ration and maintains a herd average of 24,457 pounds.  The milk cows are maintained in a 72 free stall barn with sand bedding and the dry cows are kept on a manure pack.  In addition to the cows, the Schwoeppe family farms close to 200 acres.  Sam Schwoeppe has a lifetime of experience living and working on a dairy farm with responsibilities including milking, feeding, crop work, record keeping, accounting, and animal care management.  Sam feels that living and working on a dairy farm is a fantastic place to raise a family and to learn about work ethics, care and compassion for people and animals, and to see the results and consequences of decisions made every day on the farm and how important it is to have teamwork for success.  In addition to the work she does on the farm, Sam has worked as a Dairy Herd Improvement Supervisor for the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, which involved visiting dairy farms in south west Indiana on a monthly basis where she assisted them with record keeping, milk sampling, and general dairy management consultation for herds of different size, breed, and management types.  Schwoeppe Dairy LLC is a member of Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc., and Sam serves on the Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc. Board of Directors as the Treasurer.  She has been involved in the National Milk Producers Federation Young Cooperators and served on their Advisory Council in 2014.  Sam is involved in her community in many facets.  Included in her involvements are: a 4-H leader for over 20 years, served on the 4-H council and livestock committees, President of the Dubois County Young Dairyman, President of Southwest Indiana Holstein Breeders, President of the Holland Elementary School PTO, wrestling booster President, Dubois County Farm Bureau Assistant Women’s Leader, Indiana Farm Bureau, Indiana Holstein Board of Directors, Indiana Holstein Association Junior Advisor, American Dairy Association of Indiana Board of Directors, and Indiana Dairy Development Board.

 

Lance Sommer – Sommer Farms

Lance Sommer is a dairy producer who milks 260 cows in south central Adams County. He is 28 years old and happily married to his wife of 6 years Nan Sommer. They have an 8 month old daughter Hallie.  Lance is in business with his mother and father, David and Gloria Sommer, and brother-in-law, Kevin Girod. Along with milking the cows, they raise all there heifer replacements on farm, along with growing all the feed needed on the acreage they own and rent. Along with raising the feed for the dairy they also grain farm on the remainder of the 2,300 acres. On the dairy side, they have invested in technology by putting in 5 Lely A4 robots, Houle alley scrapers, a Juno auto feed pusher, cow brushes for cow comfort, and an auto calf feeder that feeds baby calves milk replacer.  Lance and his family host between 30 and 40 farm tours throughout the year. These tours include local kindergartens, whole Amish schools, and Sunday school classes for local churches.  Lance is an area representative for Dairy Farmers of America and also a member of Indiana Dairy Producers. He helps out with several FFA chapters and the local county 4-H program.  In high school Lance enjoyed playing sports and still enjoys watching and playing them today.

 

Charlie Carter – Carterly Farms Inc.

Charlie and Margaret Carter, after renting the dairy farm from his parents, purchased it in 1992 and converted the farm land and the herd of registered Holsteins from a confinement operation to a grazing operation. Currently milking 110 cows, Charlie and Margaret operate the dairy with their daughter, Kelly MacKinnon, and some additional part time labor. Cattle are grazed from eight to nine months of the year with supplemental feed available at the bunk in the free stall barn. Approximately half of the daily dry matter intake is from the grazed forages during the grazing season.  “Producing and selling only high quality milk that I want to drink” is Charlie’s philosophy.  Carterly Farm Inc. strives to be one of Prairie Farm’s leaders in selling low somatic cell milk. The available premiums for producing high quality milk make the little bit of extra effort quite attractive and sometimes are the difference between profit and loss in low milk price years.  The Carters also have offered a 4-H dairy leasing program for twenty years. The leasing program started with three members and last year 36 4-H members came to their farm to train cattle in preparation for the Boone County 4-H Dairy Show.  This has allowed them to meet some great families, but also to share how dairy products are produced.  Charlie, Margaret and Kelly also participate in various other dairy promotion opportunities.

 

Christy Dinsmoore – Michigan Milk Producers Association

Christy Dinsmoore is a mastitis management specialist for Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA), a regional dairy cooperative serving approximately 2,000 dairy farmers in Michigan Indiana, Ohio, and Wisconsin.  Thanks to her tireless commitment to improving milk quality on member farms, Christy has been an invaluable part of the MMPA field staff team for the past 10 years.  In addition to assisting farms with equipment evaluations and milking procedures to improve milk quality, she also heads up the cooperative’s Milker Training School Program.  Each year, hundreds of members and their employees attend day-long MMPA Milker Training Schools, planned and presented by Christy and her team, to learn and practice proper udder prep and milking procedure while discussing strategies to improve on-farm management of mastitis critical control points.  Christy’s efforts have not gone unnoticed.  The Michigan Dairy Industry Conference recognized her as the state’s Field Person of the Year in 2012. A testament to Christy’s milk quality leadership, while producing 2 percent of the country’s milk supply, MMPA members took home three of the six 2013 platinum National Dairy Quality Awards and 30 percent of all the quality awards bestowed nationwide.  Christy received her Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University in 2004, majoring in animal science.  When she is not boot deep in work, she can be found making home improvements to her newly acquired farmhouse and working on her family’s beef operation in the thumb of Michigan.  You can reach her at dinsmoore@mimilk.com

 

Alex Beard

Alex Beard is program manager of the Milk Quality Specialist Program for the Mideast Area of Dairy Farmers of America (DFA).  He also assists with supervisory duties in Southwest Region.  He has been employed with DFA for 9 years, including almost 7 years managing milk quality and member relations in the central Ohio area as a field representative.  Alex graduated from OSU’s college of Agriculture in Animal Science and OSU Agricultural Technical Institute in Applied Dairy Science.  Alex and his wife Sarah have three children and live in Richwood Ohio. 

 

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.

 

Fabian Bernal - Dairy Farmers of America

Fabian Bernal B.S., M.S., P.A.S. is the Manager of Dairy Science and Farm Practices for Dairy Farmers of America (DFA).  Fabian joined DFA in 2011.  He is responsible for leading cooperative and industry initiatives related to animal health, production systems and on-farm practices. He is also in charge of managing national efforts related to on-farm practices, including providing key resources to staff to increase their ability to provide value to members.  Fabian is a native of Bogota, Colombia. He attended the University of La Salle. He graduated from Western Kentucky University with bachelor’s degrees in Agri-Business and Ag Economics. He also has a master’s degree in Animal Science with a specialty in large animal nutrition.  Fabian worked previously for Alltech as manager of the dairy advisor team, responsible for the Dairy Workers and Dairy Audit programs. He has worked on more than 650 farms in the U.S. and around the world. He loves music, winemaking, horseback riding with his wife and taking care of their animals on their Kentucky farm.  His specialties include:  Management: Dairy Management, Marketing, International Economics, Operational Research and Development, Biostatistics, Professional Ethics, Business Administration, Agriculture: Production, Ag.business, Ag.Technology, Animal Production and Nutrition, Milk quality and Dairy performance.

 

Chad Martin, M. S. – Purdue University

Chad Martin, M.S is the Renewable Energy Extension Specialist in the school of Agricultural & Biological Engineering at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.  Martin is a statewide Specialist and manages the engagement efforts of the Renewable Energy Extension program at Purdue University.  His work involves deploying research derived expertise among diverse networks.  He assists in the outreach of the Purdue Energy Center at Discovery Park and assists local Extension Educators to serve both the public and private stakeholders.  He currently focuses in the areas of on-farm energy efficiency, bioenergy, utility scale and distributed solar energy, and wind energy.  The program goal is to support local economic development by building capacity and provide services to stakeholders as they discover emerging opportunities to accumulate competitive advantages for the successful growth of the clean energy sector. Martin’s background in renewable energy began at the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA) at Western Illinois University where he co-organized various action programs, including the formation of New Generation Cooperatives and LLCs to capitalize numerous biofuels production facilities with local ownership.  Before coming to Purdue University in 2008, he was the business development specialist with the Indiana Cooperative Development Center in Indianapolis. He has a Bachelor degree from Western Illinois University and a Master’s degree from Purdue University.

 

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.

 

Neil Bendixen

Neil Bendixen is the Northwest Region Membership Supervisor – Mideast Council for Dairy Farmers of America (DFA).  He also serves as the Manager, Contract Hauling – Dairy Marketing Services in Syracuse, New York, NCIMS, Hauling Committee, NCIMS, Council II, and the Dairy Practices Council, Executive Board.  In the past Neil was the Regional Sales Manager for Walker Stainless in Wisconsin, Manager of  Dispatch & Transportation for Michigan Milk Producers Association in Michigan, Plant Manager for County Line Cheese in Indiana, and Owner/Operator Milk Hauler in Wisconsin.

 

 

 

 

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