Millennials in the Workplace
At Farm Credit Mid-America the past ten years, Jess has been helping agricultural entrepreneurs achieve their goals. Currently Jess is the AVP – Agribusiness Swine Specialist with a sole focus on financing commercial swine operations. By applying benchmarking data to recognizing how key performance indicators can affect profitability, as part of the swine team she is dedicated to the business of agriculture. She currently serves as a National Pork Producers Council Allied Industry representative and attends numerous swine conferences across the nation on an annual basis to keep up her industry expertise. She is a 2009 graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Animal Sciences and currently operates a diversified direct to consumer farm called Carroll Creek Farms along with her husband Adam and two young boys.
Foreign Animal Disease Update
Scott Dee earned his DVM, MS and PhD from the University of Minnesota. He is a board certified veterinary microbiologist and a past President of the AASV. After working in swine practice for 12 years, Scott was a Professor at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine where he focused his research on the transmission and biosecurity of PRRSV for a 12-year period. In 2011, Scott joined Pipestone Veterinary Services in Pipestone, MN where he currently serves as Director of Pipestone Applied Research (PAR), a business unit which conducts collaborative research efforts with production companies across North America comprising approximately 2.0 million sows. Scott has been awarded > 9.8M in research funds, has published 148 papers in peer reviewed journals (including the initial publication providing proof of concept of PEDV transmission in feed) and is currently studying the transboundary risk of pathogen spread through feed ingredients with emphasis on ASFV. He has received the AASV Practitioner of the Year award, the Leman Science in Practice award, the AASV Howard Dunne Memorial award and in 2019 was named a Master of the Pork Industry. Scott and his wife Lisa have 2 children (Nicholas and Ellen) and live in Alexandria, MN along with their Scottish terrier, Abigail.
Jason Hafemeister is the Trade Counsel to the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). In this role, he advises the Secretary and the Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs on agricultural trade policy. He has been involved in agricultural farm and trade policy for over 25 years, including almost 20 at USDA and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Jason grew up on California’s scenic central coast. He 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 in Washington, D.C. He is married with two small children. Before that, he used to enjoy reading and sport.
Keynote Speaker on Trade
Joe Kerns, has twenty-five years’ experience working with producers, suppliers, and mills to support agricultural operations. He and his team assist clients with procurement and risk management activities related to: hedging, ingredient purchase, optimizing relationships with mills, developing programs to assist in feed quality control, cost effective diet formulation, operational benchmarking, livestock marketing, generational transition, and business development. Prior to this consulting venture, he directed risk management activities for industry leaders such as ADM, Premium Standard Farms, Continental Grain, and Iowa Select Farms. In his current enterprise as a risk management consultant he and his team work with livestock producers and suppliers in 13 states. Clients include packers, producers, veterinarians, researchers, mill operators, and feed ingredient suppliers. Team members have also served as keynote speakers for international agricultural agencies and suppliers, providing context about commodity markets, nutritional factors impacting production, and operational sustainability, leadership, and ownership.
Dr. Adam Schelkopf
Dr. Adam C. Schelkopf grew up in Dekalb, Illinois and gained an appreciation for swine medicine by following his father to vet calls and working on swine farms through high school and college. He completed his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Illinois is 2012. He started his career with Pipestone Veterinary Services and Pipestone System in June 2012 focusing in swine medicine and production.
Visa's and Cultured Labor
Kerry was born in 1954 in Casa Grande, Arizona where his maternal grandparents raised cotton and feed crops on farmland irrigated by the Salt River Project. His grandparents also farmed in Virginia, where Kerry has lived since age nine. The farm in Virginia was primarily a beef cattle farm, so summers were spent making hay.
The farm in Arizona was sold around 1980, and about the same time all but 2000 acres of the Virginia farm were sold. The farm in Virginia is primarily a managed tree farm now, though neighbors with beef cattle are leasing the pastures. Kerry attended Washington and Lee University on an Army ROTC scholarship, earning a degree in political science in 1976. He went on to give the Army Reserve 28 years, seeing service in Germany, Austria, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Liberia. While on active duty in Germany, Kerry earned a masters degree in international relations from Troy University. Concurrently, he worked for the Old Dominion Box Company, in VA which manufactured paperboard packaging. In addition Kerry owns and operates a small equestrian products company and an adventure travel business. Kerry is Program Manager for MAS Labor, based in Lovingston, Virginia, the country’s largest supplier of H-2A and H-2B legal guest workers. MAS provides H-2 services in 46 states and in virtually every agricultural sector from apiculture to viticulture. In FY 19 MAS helped 1400 employers bring in 25,000 H-2 workers. 2020 will likely be 20% greater. Kerry originally made farm calls for MAS; advising clients on how to stay in compliance with the highly regulated H-2A program. He is now responsible for business development for MAS, reporting directly to the owners of the company. This work has him exhibiting and speaking to agricultural and horticultural groups all over the country