Devin Roth is a Senior Crop Insurance Specialist from GreenStone Farm Credit Services where he services row crop producers. His focus is helping customer understand their financial risks and how to manage them. Devin teaches how a crop insurance policy partnered with your grain marketing plan can help producers market their corn and soybeans when opportunities come. Devin graduated from Saginaw Valley State University double majoring in Marketing and Management.
David Moll is a Row Crop Insurance Manager for GreenStone Farm Credit Services. His focus is on working with row crop producers to help them get the most value from crop insurance, FSA Programs and Government Disaster Programs. Corn and soybean growers face a number of financial risks in today’s market place from very high inputs to volatile swings in prices. David focuses on educating producers on risk management tools available and how to maximize value from the crop insurance tools available. David graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelors in Agri-Business Management and from Purdue University with a Masters in Agricultural Economics. His research focus was on “Partnering Crop Insurance and Grain Marketing Strategies and their impact on Net Farm Revenue.”
Cara farms in Kalamazoo County with her Husband, Matt, and Matt’s uncle. Together they grow seed corn, commercial corn, soybeans, and cattle on 2,000 acres. Cara did not grow up on a farm but joined the operation in 2013 through marriage and has since become an integral part of the operation, alongside Matt and their two children.
Kelley Goldblatt is the Cybersecurity Advisor for Michigan with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). In this role, Ms. Goldblatt supports the mission of strengthening the cyber resilience and security of the nation’s critical infrastructure. Prior to joining CISA, Ms. Goldblatt worked for the State of Michigan as a member of the Michigan Cyber Command Center (MC3). Ms. Goldblatt has also worked for Washtenaw County. In both positions, Ms. Goldblatt focused on helping Michigan organizations and residents become more cyber secure.
Jacob farms 1400 acres in Jackson County with his father and uncle. Together they grow corn, soybeans, and wheat. Jacob is a Pioneer seed dealer and serves on the Michigan Corn Growers Association board of directors.
Amanda Bahn-Ziegler is an Account Manager with Truterra, the sustainability business of the 100-year-old farmer-owned cooperative, Land O’Lakes. She has been involved in production agriculture her whole life, growing up on a small Wisconsin dairy farm and now living on her husband’s family farm in north-central Ohio. Prior to joining Truterra, she spent 7 years as with WinField United supporting retailers on product lines including seed, technology, and plant nutrition. In her role with Truterra she supports retailers who want to offer sustainable farming solutions to their farmer-customers, including access to eco-market opportunities such as carbon and supply chain projects.
Mark Kies farms 3500 acres of corn, soybean, wheat, and cattle in Hillsdale County, Michigan. Mark farms alongside his son, Patrick and utilizes cover crops. Mark currently serves as the Hillsdale County president for the Michigan Corn Growers Association.
Stephanie Smith M.S., C.C.A., from Michigan State University in Crop and Soil Science. Held various agronomy and innovative roles within Monsanto, DuPont Pioneer, 360 Yield Center and now currently as Golden Harvest District Manager in Michigan and Ohio. Farming with her family in southern Hillsdale County, MI, each day is a mission to make the farmers more successful and profitable. As a seed professional, each day my feet fit the floor, I am centered on increasing farmer’s profitability. I enjoy being able to teach and educate on the small tweaks on operations which can really move the needle to higher yields and increased profitability. Each day my goal is to do what is right for the farmer and further my passion. A resident of Fort Wayne, IN and farms with her family near Waldron, MI.
Manni’s research, extension, and teaching program at MSU focuses on current and emerging issues in cropping systems of Michigan with an overall goal to improve the profitability and sustainability of these systems. Variety selection and improved management strategies are explored in the context of modern farming practices, climatic patterns, and economic conditions. Current research is focused on impact of planting time as well as other management decisions such as variety selection, planting methods, seed placement accuracy, seeding rates, row spacing, seed treatments, and plant-pathogen interactions in corn, soybean, and wheat-based cropping systems. Additionally, Manni oversees the Michigan corn hybrid testing program with field trials across 12 locations in the state.
Connor Sible is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois studying under advisement of Dr. Frederick E. Below. He received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Crop Sciences from the University of Illinois where his research has focused on categorizing biological 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 quality. Latest research focuses are on soybean management and innovation in the 4R’s of fertility for improving grain yield.