Dusty Abney

Dusty Abney

PHD, Cow/Calf Nutritionist, Cargill

Dr. Abney joined Cargill in 2006 as a cow/calf nutritionist. He also leads Cargill’s team of Beef Technical Specialists. Dusty received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Animal Science with an emphasis on ruminant nutrition from Texas Tech University. In his role, he supports colleagues in the field with technical nutrition consultation, specifically in the cow/calf and stocker segments.

Class:
Changing Traditional Practices to Preserve Traditional Values
Wednesday, January 30th
10:45 am - 11:45 am

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Hugh Aljoe

Hugh Aljoe

Director, Producer Relations, Noble Research Institute, LLC

Hugh Aljoe serves as the director of producer relations of the Noble Research Institute, Ardmore, Oklahoma, providing oversight to the consultation and education programs for livestock producers, primarily in the Southern Great Plains. Aljoe also serves as a pasture and range consultant for Noble.

Class:
Managing a Dynamic System From Your Soil To Feedyard
Wednesday, January 30th
9:30 am - 10:30 am

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Terry Arthur

Terry Arthur

PhD, Research Microbiologist, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center

B.S. in Biology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Ph.D. in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Terry Arthur serves as a Research Microbiologist in the Meat Safety and Quality Research Unit at the U. S. Meat Animal Research Center.  The research objectives for the Unit focus on foodborne pathogens and antimicrobial resistance associated with the production of red meat. Terry’s primary interests pertain to understanding the dynamics of pathogens such as E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella that have been associated with feedlot cattle and identifying interventions to reduce or prevent contamination of beef carcasses and raw beef products.  In addition, Dr. Arthur’s work has provided a context for the interpretation of antimicrobial resistance data obtained from agricultural sources.

Class:
Antimicrobial Resistance: Is it everywhere?
Wednesday, January 30th
9:30 am - 10:30 am

Kent Bacus

Kent Bacus

Senior Director, International Trade & Market Access, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

Kent Bacus serves as the Director of International Trade and Market Access and is based in Washington, DC.  Kent is NCBA’s lead advocate on trade issues including NAFTA, restoring access to China, expanding access to Japan and other Pacific-Rim markets. In this position Kent works with Congress, the White House, and foreign governments to advance the U.S. beef industry’s trade priorities. Bacus previously served as the Associate Director of Legislative Affairs where he represented NCBA on tax, trade, and transportation issues. Kent joined NCBA in September 2010 after serving on several political campaigns in Texas and working for several years as the agriculture and appropriations legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole from North Carolina.  Kent is originally from Wichita Falls, Texas, and holds a degree in history and political science from Texas Tech University.

Class:
International Beef Trade – What Next?
Wednesday, January 30th
10:45 am - 11:45 am

Danielle Beck

Danielle Beck

Senior Director of Government Affairs, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

Danielle Beck joined the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in June of 2016. As Director of Government Affairs, she is the lead lobbyist on all issues pertaining to tax, credit, appropriations, nutrition, food safety/labeling, research, and energy. Danielle also serves as the staff liaison to NCBA’s Tax & Credit Policy Committee and the Key Technologies Working Group.   

Class:
The Latest on Meat Substitutes
Wednesday, January 30th
9:30 am - 10:30 am

Amanda Blair

Amanda Blair

PhD, Professor & Extension Meat Science Specialist, South Dakota State University

Dr. Blair joined the Animal Science Department at South Dakota State University in 2007. Her research is focused on understanding the effects of pre- and post-natal management strategies on subsequent growth, body composition and meat quality of beef cattle.  She also serves as the State Meats Extension Specialist and works to educate producers about the influence of pre-harvest management on carcass characteristics and enhance consumer understanding of meat production and products. 

Class:
Programming Your Cow Herd for Success
Wednesday, January 30th
8:15 am - 9:15 am

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Astor Boozer

Astor Boozer

Western Regional Conservationist and NCPP Co-Lead, NRCS

Astor Boozer, returned to Washington, DC after serving as the State Conservationist of New York from 2009 to 2012. Upon returning he took on the position of Regional Conservationist for the West Region.

Astor oversees the conservation programs and activities of the 13 West region states. Through his leadership, NRCS has strengthened its partnership activities and relations within the region and worked to improve private and public lands conservation. Astor has worked to address animal, plant and soil health throughout the region and has worked to leverage partner dollars for additional boots on the ground to deliver conservation.

Astor has been with NRCS for 28 years. His career started in Texas as a technician. He has worked in eight states and held over 15 positions, including Technician, Soil Conservationist, District Conservationist, Area Conservationist, Water Quality Specialist, National Program Manager for Conservation Reserve and Healthy Forest Reserve Programs, and many others. This experience has given him the skills to address existing conservation problems while looking for future needs and changes, utilizing the many technical and financial assistance programs available to landowners.

A native Texan, the West is close to his roots, he grew up on a farm and ranch cow calf operation where he learned about crop and beef production, conservation, wildlife habitat and caring for the land.

Astor has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from Prairie View A&M University.  He loves and played many sports and still claims to be a weekend warrior. He values outdoor activities and tries to hunt and fish during his spare time. Astor is also an avid Dallas Cowboys fan.

Class:
Conservation Planning Partnerships & Programs
Wednesday, January 30th
10:45 am - 11:45 am

Jimmy Bramblett

Jimmy Bramblett

Deputy Chief for Programs, NRCS

Jimmy Bramblett is the Deputy Chief for Programs with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).  In this role, he is responsible for developing policies and procedures to invest the agency’s 4-billion dollars of technical and financial resources in a customer service oriented and scientifically defensible manner. He has also served as the Deputy Chief for Science and Technology (S&T), the Wisconsin State Conservationist, and his tenure included a 10-year period as a faculty research scientist at The University of Georgia.

Class:
Conservation Planning Partnerships & Programs
Wednesday, January 30th
10:45 am - 11:45 am

Darrh Bullock

Darrh Bullock

PhD, eBeef Team, Extension Professor, Beef Cattle Genetics, University of Kentucky

Darrh Bullock earned a B.S. in Animal and Dairy Sciences and M.S. degree in Animal Breeding and Genetics from Auburn University and he earned his Ph.D. in Beef Cattle Breeding and Genetics from the University of Georgia. Dr. Bullock has been on faculty at the University of Kentucky for 25 years and holds the rank of Extension Professor, specializing in beef cattle genetics. He coordinates the Beef Group (Extension, Research and Instruction) in the department and has recently served as the Animal and Food Sciences Extension Coordinator. He has served on the college promotion and tenure committee and currently serves on the area promotion and tenure committee. The majority of Dr. Bullock’s appointment is Extension, however, he is responsible for teaching the department’s Beef Cattle Sciences course. National and international activities include membership on the eBEEF.org team, Educational Program Committee for the National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium, board member and committee chair of the Beef Improvement Federation, past Southern Region ASAS Extension Chair and past representative of the United States to the International Committee for Animal Recording and InterBeef Beef Working Group. Dr. Bullock has received the MD Whiteker Award for Extension Excellence from the University of Kentucky, the Southern Region American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Extension Award, and the national ASAS Extension Award and Animal Industry Service Award.

Class:
Fact or Fiction
Wednesday, January 30th
8:15 am - 9:15 am

Mandy Carr-Johnson

Mandy Carr-Johnson

PhD, Senior Executive Director, Science & Product Solutions, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association 

Mandy is the Sr. Executive Director for the Science, Culinary and Outreach team at National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. This department includes programs focusing on human nutrition research and influencer outreach, product quality, sustainability, and beef safety research as well as the NCBA culinary center. This talented team provides key information needed by influencers and industry decision makers to continually improve beef production, processing, consumer options and perceptions about beef. The team also provides foundational insights that other checkoff programs including marketing, communication and issues management utilize in science-based responses to consumer and media questions about beef. Mandy also leads the beef safety research program and facilitates the functions of the Beef Industry Food Safety Council, a group of industry food safety professionals working together to provide industry driven research, guidance materials and educational programs.

Mandy was raised in the small rural community of Sudan, Texas where her family still lives and raises beef cattle. Mandy is a graduate of Texas Tech University with and undergraduate degree in Food Science and Technology, a master’s degree in Food Science, and her Ph.D. in Animal & Food Science specializing in food safety. In 1999, Mandy joined the faculty at Angelo State University. During her almost 8-year tenure at Angelo State, Mandy developed a meat and food science undergraduate and graduate teaching program and designed and managed the federally inspected ASU Meat Laboratory. Mandy joined NCBA in 2007.  Mandy and her husband Todd, originally of KS and a Kansas State University graduate, live in Highlands Ranch, CO.

Class:
The Latest on Meat Substitutes
Wednesday, January 30th
9:30 am - 10:30 am

Reinaldo Cooke

Reinaldo Cooke

PhD, Associate Professor, Beef Cattle Production, Texas A&M University

Dr. Reinaldo Cooke is an Associate Professor with the Texas A&M University - Department of Animal Science. Dr. Cooke developed an internationally-recognized academic program, resulting in methods to improve efficiency of beef operations in the US and across the globe. Highlights of Dr. Cooke’s research include: 1) impacts of cattle temperament on productive and reproductive traits, 2) management to alleviate stress-induced inflammation in receiving cattle, and 3) role of omega-6 fatty acids in early pregnancy establishment. To date, Dr. Cooke has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, secured over $4 million in funding, and mentored 12 MS students, 6 PhD students, and 33 research interns. Dr. Cooke serves in the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Western Section Executive Committee, Section Editor for the Journal of Animal Science, and received the ASAS Western Section - Young Scientist Award in 2016, the ASAS Western Section – Extension Award in 2017, and the ASAS Early Career Achievement Award in 2018.

Class:
Managing for Reproductive Success
Wednesday, January 30th
10:45 am - 11:45 am

Bill Cordingely

Bill Cordingley

Managing Director, Head of Wholesale Banking Chicago Office at Rabobank Wholesale Banking North America

Bill Cordingley is Managing Director and Head of the Chicago office.

In this capacity, he is responsible for all marketing and business development efforts coordinated from the Chicago office. The office has national responsibility for the bank’s wholesale clients in the Farm Inputs, Grain & Oilseeds and Dairy sectors as well as regional responsibility for clients in the central United States.

Bill joined Rabobank Australia Group as a senior Animal Protein analyst in 2005 and became General Manager of Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory (FAR) in 2006. In 2009 Bill transferred to the U.S. to lead the Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory (FAR) team in the Americas. He was appointed as Rabobank’s Global Sector Head for Animal Protein in 2014, where he was responsible for setting and executing the bank’s coverage strategy for Animal Protein globally.

Bill was raised on a farm in southeastern Australia. Bill has a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics from the University of Sydney and a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) from Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM) in Australia. 

General Session:
Cattlemen's College Opening General Session
Wednesday, January 30th
7:00 am - 8:00 am

Rachel Cutrer

Rachel Cutrer

Ranch House Designs, Founder & CEO/ V8 Ranch

Rachel Cutrer is a 7th generation Texas rancher and founder and CEO of Ranch House Designs, an ag marketing firm that represents worldwide agriculture brands and maintains nearly 1,000 websites for ranchers. Rachel specializes in purebred livestock marketing. She is also a partner in V8 Ranch, a Brahman cattle operation that supplies seedstock to every continent other than Antarctica and a founding partner of V8 Ranch Beef, a retail beef brand.

Rachel holds a B.S. in animal science from Texas A&M University and a M.S. from Michigan State University. She has dedicated the last 20 years to helping fellow agriculturalists build their brands and marketing through print media, digital communications, and social media. She and her husband Brandon are proud to be NCBA members are committed to the bright future of the beef industry. 

Class:
Marketing Your Operation
Wednesday, January 30th
9:30 am - 10:30 am

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Jared Decker

Jared Decker

PhD, eBeef Team, Associate Professor & State Beef Extension Specialist, University of Missouri

Jared Decker is an associate professor in the University of Missouri Division of Animal Science and Beef Genetics Extension Specialist. Decker received his B.S. from New Mexico State University, graduating with top honors. He majored in Animal Science with a minor in Biology. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri in Genetics, with a Ph.D. minor in Statistics. Jared grew up on a small farm in northwest New Mexico where his family raised registered cattle. He now owns a small farm in Mid-Missouri to teach his kids the value of hard work. Jared is working to help stakeholders in the beef industry better understand the rapidly changing genetic technologies. His research focuses on understanding the history and selection of cattle breeds and improving the cost and accuracy of genomic tests. He is active on social media and his website A Steak in Genomics.

Class:
Show Me the Money!
Wednesday, January 30th
10:45 am - 11:45 am

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Robin Falkner

Robin Falkner

DVM, Cattle/Equine Technical Services, Zoetis

Dr. T. Robin Falkner grew up on a family farm in North Mississippi with beef cattle, commercial hay, and row-crop production. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with honors from Mississippi State University and brings 30 years of professional experience as a cattleman, private practice owner, and extension veterinarian, in addition to his current role supporting  veterinarians and cattlemen as a Beef Technical Services Manager with Zoetis.  A frequent speaker and occasional author, his insights are respected by colleagues as he is often the one who brings a new perspective that challenges the status quo of “that’s the way we’ve always done it”--- and inspires a new way of looking at and doing things.

Dr. Falkner’s career has focused on his professional passion, which is the health, nutrition, and management of feeder cattle. He is recognized across our industry for his systemic approach and expertise in developing “out of the box” management solutions that optimize business models and improve animal health across the beef production system.  In particular, his innovations in applied epidemiology and disease biocontainment have had a large impact on the management of many cattle operations . He makes his home in Christiana, TN with his wife Sterling and daughters Bebe and AlliMichel.

Class:
Practical Management to Reduce Disease Challenges
Wednesday, January 30th
8:15 am - 9:15 am

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Dean Fish

Dean Fish

PhD, Ranch Manager, Santa Fe Ranch & NCBA Stockmanship & Stewardship Professional

R. Dean Fish, PhD is the Ranch Manger for the Santa Fe Ranch and a member of the NCBA Stockmanship and Stewardship Team. As the Ranch Manager for the Santa Fe Ranch Foundation, he works to develop problem solving research for his fellow beef producers. The Foundation also works to get kids out of doors through agricultural literacy, hiking, camping and learning about the environment. Dean also raises commercial Angus cattle and club calves. Prior to managing the ranch, Dean was an Extension Livestock Specialist for the University of Arizona. He is currently on the Arizona Beef Council and is a Board Member of the Arizona Cattle Growers Association. Dean has served in a leadership role for many livestock and service organizations. In addition, Dean has worked with Todd McCartney, Dr. Ron Gill and Curt Pate planning and delivering Stockmanship and Stewardship at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Cattle Industry Conference and Trade Show. Dean is passionate about spreading the Stockmanship and Stewardship message, as he has seen the benefits in his own and other operations where the principles are implemented.

Classes:
Geaux with the Flow: Practical Facility Design & Cattle handling
Tuesday, January 29th
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Geaux with the Flow: Practical Facility Design & Cattle handling
Tuesday, January 29th
5:45 pm - 6:45 pm

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Jeff Goodwin

Jeff Goodwin

Noble Research Institute, Conservation StewardShip Leader and Pasture and Range Consultant

Jeff Goodwin is a pasture and range consultant in the producer relations program.

Before coming to the Noble Research Institute in 2016, Goodwin was the state rangeland management specialist for U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Temple, Texas. Prior to that, Goodwin worked as the NRCS state grazing land specialist and provided leadership and coordination to the Texas Grazing Land Coalition. During Goodwin's 14-year career with NRCS, he worked in multiple locations in Texas as a rangeland management specialist helping producers and landowners meet their management objectives. Previously, Goodwin worked as a research associate in the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Service Range Animal Nutrition Program in Vernon, Texas.

Goodwin was raised in Northeast Texas but has spent the majority of his life in Central Texas.

Class:
Conservation Planning Partnerships & Programs
Wednesday, January 30th
10:45 am - 11:45 am

Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin

PhD, Professor, Animal Sciences, Colorado State University

Temple Grandin is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University and she has been a pioneer in improving the handling and welfare of farm animals.

She was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Temple’s achievements are remarkable because she was an autistic child. At age two she had no speech and all the signs of severe autism. Many hours of speech therapy, and intensive teaching enabled Temple to learn speech. As a teenager, life was hard with constant teasing. Mentoring by her high school science teacher and her aunt on her ranch in Arizona motivated Temple to study and pursue a career as a scientist and livestock equipment designer.

Dr. Temple Grandin obtained her B.A. at Franklin Pierce College in 1970. In 1974 she was employed as Livestock Editor for the Arizona Farmer Ranchman and also worked for Corral Industries on equipment design. In 1975 she earned her M.S. in Animal Science at Arizona State University for her work on the behavior of cattle in different squeeze chutes. Dr. Grandin was awarded her Ph.D in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1989 and is currently a Professor at Colorado State University.

I have done extensive work on the design of handling facilities. Half the cattle in the U.S. and Canada are handled in equipment I have designed for meat plants. Other professional activities include developing animal welfare guidelines for the meat industry and consulting with companies on animal welfare.

Following her Ph.D. research on the effect of environmental enrichment on the behavior of pigs, she has published several hundred industry publications, book chapters and technical papers on animal handling plus 73 refereed journal articles in addition to 12 books. She currently is a professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University where she continues her research while teaching courses on livestock handling and facility design.  Her book, Animals in Translation was a New York Times best seller and her book Livestock Handling an Transport, now has a fourth edition which was published in 2014. Other popular books authored by Dr. Grandin are Thinking in Pictures, Emergence Labeled Autistic, Animals Make us Human, Improving Animal Welfare: A Practical Approach, The Way I See It, and The Autistic Brain.  She also has a popular TED Talk.

Dr. Grandin has received numerous awards including the Meritorious Achievement Award from the Livestock Conservation Institute, named a Distinguished Alumni at Franklin Pierce College and received an honorary doctorate from McGill University, University of Illinois, Texas A&M, Carnegie Mellon University, and Duke University.

Classes:
Geaux with the Flow: Practical Facility Design & Cattle handling
Tuesday, January 29th
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Geaux with the Flow: Practical Facility Design & Cattle handling
Tuesday, January 29th
5:45 pm - 6:45 pm

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Ashley Grant

Ashley Grant

Ranch House Designs, Chief Marketing Officer

As Chief Marketing Officer, Ashley leads the Ranch House executive team to develop new marketing strategies and put plans in place that help grow our client’s businesses. She also serves as the main point of contact for all new website projects. Ashley joined Ranch House in 2013. Prior to this, she served as the Social Media Manager for Auburn University College of Ag and completed her Bachelor’s of Science in Agricultural Communications where she graduated Cum Laude from the University. Ashley has a true passion for wildlife. She serves as Captain of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Ranching and Wildlife Committee and she’s an active member of the Fort Bend Ducks Unlimited Chapter. With her knowledge of hunting, fishing, ecotourism, land conservation and stewardship, she is a tremendous asset to our ranching and wildlife clientele.

Class:
Marketing Your Operation
Wednesday, January 30th
9:30 am - 10:30 am

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Dan Halstorm

Dan Halstrom

President & CEO, US Meat Export Federation

As USMEF president and CEO, Dan Halstrom oversees and coordinates programs and activities in 18 regions around the world. Halstrom works to ensure that the federation creates new opportunities and develops existing international markets for U.S. beef, pork, lamb and veal. Dan also oversees USMEF’s relations with its membership and the industry and works closely with all nine sectors of the federation.

Dan joined USMEF in 2010 after 27 years in the meat industry with Swift & Company, originally based in Chicago (now doing business as JBS based in Greeley, Colorado). As USMEF senior vice president of marketing, Dan was responsible for the global marketing including coordination of programs facilitating the marketing of U.S. beef, pork, and lamb. In addition, Dan oversaw the industry relations and membership activities for USMEF and its nine sectors of membership.

Dan began his role at Swift as a management trainee, and spent several years at the plant level before moving into commercial sales and eventually into international sales where he spent most of his career. As senior vice president of the international division for Swift/JBS (2000-2010), he oversaw global beef and pork operations for the world’s largest red meat company.

Dan was also an active member of USMEF for many years, including various volunteer positions and officer roles with the USMEF Executive Committee from 2005-2007, which culminated as chairman in 2008.

A graduate of the University of Iowa, Dan was born and raised near Cherokee, Iowa on a 1,000-acre grain farm that also had a 3,000-head cattle backgrounding operation.

Class:
International Beef Trade – What Next?
Wednesday, January 30th
10:45 am - 11:45 am

Tim Hammerich

Tim Hammerich

Founder, Ag Grad

Tim Hammerich is an Agribusiness Recruiter and the host of the “Future of Agriculture” weekly podcast. He is the Founder of AgGrad.com, which helps students and young professionals find their place in modern agriculture.

Tim spent the first eight years of his career in the feed and grain industry as a merchandiser and manager. He is a former National FFA President and graduate of the University of California, Davis. He and his family now live in Austin, Texas.

Class:
Finding the Right Fit for Your Career or Business
Wednesday, January 30th
8:15 am - 9:15 am

Mary Jo Irmen

Mary Jo Irmen

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, FiscalBridge, LLC.

I, along with my agents, have made it our mission to tell the world about the Infinite Banking Concept. Growing up on a farm and ranch, I learned to love and respect the farming and ranching industries.

You know what they say, you can take the girl off the farm but you can’t take the farm out of the girl. I also know it is not an easy business to be in; market prices fluctuate while expenses steadily rise. That is why I focus the majority of my time helping farmers and ranchers learn how to use the infinite banking concepts to finance their own operations…without the bank.

If you are not a farmer/rancher that does not mean I won’t help you, too. Like I said it’s my mission to help the world see the benefits of this process.

When this concept was introduced to me several years ago, I thought for sure there must be a catch to it. I was sure this process must be illegal and those using it were going to jail! So, I started to research the concept and began with reading the book Becoming Your Own Banker by R. Nelson Nash. I then moved on to four other books within a six week period. This left no doubt in my mind this process and concept worked using methods that are not only legal, but also left the volatile market out of the equation.

This new knowledge left me with that passion and desire I spoke of earlier. To be completely honest, I was a little angry that no one had ever told me about this before. The big question remains, “Are we to remain blindingly trustful of the Federal Reserve and Congress to make sure we can keep enough capital to do business and enjoy retirement?” This method is used by some of the most influential and wealthy people in the country. And it is a well-kept secret.

In order to show farmers how this can work I wrote the book Farming Without the Bank. From this point forward I am committed to making it my mission to teach people to think differently about how they manage their money, seek out common sense money solutions, and bring back lost money. My agents and I at FiscalBridge LLC are going to teach this concept the right way, the R. Nelson Nash way.

Class:
Farming without the Bank
Wednesday, January 30th
10:45 am - 11:45 am

John Jennings

John Jennings

PhD, Professor and Extension Forage Specialist, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Arkansas

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Class:
Grazing Systems for the South
Wednesday, January 30th
8:15 am - 9:15 am

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Sandy Johnson

Sandy Johnson

PhD, Professor & Extension Specialists, Kansas State University

Dr. Sandy Johnson is a Professor and Extension Beef Specialist for K-State Research and Extension located at the Northwest Research and Extension Center in Colby. Dr Johnson was raised on a diversified livestock farm in northeast Nebraska and received a B.S. degree in Animal Science from the University of Nebraska. She went on to receive a M.S. degree from the University of Missouri and a Ph.D. degree from West Virginia University, both in Reproductive Physiology. She held a teaching position at Fort Hays State University before beginning her current position with Kansas State University in 1998. Dr. Johnson conducts research and extension programs in the areas of estrous synchronization, breeding systems and cow/calf management. Johnson is a member of the Beef Reproductive Task Force whose multi-state efforts were recognize by USDA-NIFA in the form of the 2013 Partnership Award for Multistate efforts.  The first Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle Workshop was held in Manhattan in 2002 under Johnson’s guidance and she continues to work with the Beef Reproductive Leadership team to conduct these educational meetings throughout the US.

Dr. Sandy Johnson is an Extension Beef Specialist for K-State Research and Extension located at the Northwest Research and Extension Center in Colby.  Dr. Johnson conducts research and extension programs in the areas of estrous synchronization, breeding systems and cow/calf management. Johnson is a member of the Beef Reproductive Task Force whose multi-state efforts were recognized by USDA-NIFA in the form of the 2013 Partnership Award for Multistate efforts.

Class:
Utilizing Reproductive Technologies
Wednesday, January 30th
8:15 am - 9:15 am

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Janna Kincheloe

Janna Kincheloe

PhD, Extension Livestock Specialist, North Dakota State University

Dr. Kincheloe’s appointment at the NDSU Hettinger Research Extension Center began in January of 2017. Her research experience includes beef cattle backgrounding and finishing programs, supplementation of grazing beef cows, and influence of fetal programming on animal performance and carcass quality. Her primary responsibilities are to work with Extension Agents and producers in southwestern North Dakota and across the state to provide information and Extension programming related to livestock production.

Class:
Programming Your Cow Herd for Success
Wednesday, January 30th
8:15 am - 9:15 am

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John Locke

John Locke

J.D. Huggins, Inc. – Locke Division

John Coleman Locke is a 6th generation cattleman from Hungerford, Wharton County, TX.  A 2001 graduate of Texas Tech University, and a current TALL XV Cohort, Mr. Locke has been in a managing roll at his family’s Registered Brahman operation for the last 16 ½ years. Many farmers and ranchers were forced to weather a direct hit from Harvey. John’s family went relatively unscathed by Harvey’s hurricane force winds and record rainfall, only to find themselves fighting for the lives of their livestock and livelihood a few days later. The scope of the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey to such a widespread area across the state of Texas will most likely be remembered for generations. Mr. Locke will give a personal account of his experiences dealing with this crisis and immediate threats they experienced, as well as navigating the emotions and the aftermath of a natural disaster.  

Class:
Managing Through a Natural Disaster
Wednesday, January 30th
8:15 am - 9:15 am

Tim McAllister

Tim McAllister

Principal Research Scientist, Ruminant Nutrition & Microbiology, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Dr. Tim McAllister and his team have made a considerable contribution to beef cattle microbiology, nutrition, food safety and sustainability. His program has been broad in scope focusing on aspects of nutrition, microbiology, foodborne pathogens, antibiotic resistance, and environmental sustainability (greenhouse gas emissions, manure management, water use, biodiversity). He is one of few scientists to have published scientific manuscripts on livestock, plants, viruses, bacteria, protozoa, fungi and prions, all from the perspective of their implications for beef cattle production. His work spans a range of disciplines from applied studies with commercial feedlots to mechanistic studies using whole genome and metagenomic sequencing. His work has been published in over 100 different scientific journals representing over 675 peer-reviewed publications, with a cumulative H index of 81. Dr. McAllister was recognized as a contributor to the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize and is a recipient of the Governor General Award, Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal, the American Ruminant Nutrition Award and the CSAS fellowship award. He has mentored numerous students and postdoctoral fellows whom contributed greatly to his program and now hold faculty or research positions in universities, governments and industry. Dr. McAllister's presentation will focus on Unraveling the secrets of the rumen for improved cattle health and production efficiency.  He will introduce the audience to the many members of the fascinating rumen microbial community and how feeding management can impact their behavior. The session will be broad in scope and will be an educational experience for both feedlot and cow-calf operators.  

Class:
Unraveling Secrets of the Rumen
Wednesday, January 30th
9:30 am - 10:30 am

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Mark McCully

Mark McCully

Vice President, Certified Angus Beef LLC

As vice president of production at Certified Angus Beef LLC, Mark McCully is responsible for the brand’s supply chain efforts. He leads strategies incorporating the seedstock, cow-calf, feeding and packing sectors to raise and process high quality Angus cattle with the brand’s unrivaled quality standards.

Mark joined the company in 2000 as director of packing. In June 2002, he helped develop and thencoordinate a regional sales team to serve retail, foodservice and international business partners. In March 2005, he transitioned to supply development and production.

Before these endeavors, Mark worked for Southern States Cooperative in Virginia. He earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural science from Western Illinois University and followed with a master’s program in ruminant nutrition at Michigan State University.

Mark and his wife, Gerry, reside in Wooster, Ohio, with their two children.

Class:
The Value and Cost of Quality
Wednesday, January 30th
10:45 am - 11:45 am

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Kim Mullenix

Kim Mullenix

PhD, Assistant Professor and Beef Cattle Extension Specialist, Department of Animal Sciences, Auburn University

Kim is an extension specialist, working closely with Auburn’s Animal Science and Forage Extension Team to help develop and deliver educational programs related to beef cattle management systems. The systems approach enables her team to look at how all of the production pieces work together to form management recommendations for producers. Kim’s academic appointment at Auburn is 75 percent extension and 25 percent research. Her research program is focused on developing forage management and supplementation strategies that improve beef production efficiency and the economics viability of these systems.

Class:
Grazing Systems for the South
Wednesday, January 30th
8:15 am - 9:15 am

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Christine Navarre

Christine Navarre

DVM, Extension Veterinarian, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center

Dr. Navarre received her DVM from Louisiana State University in 1990. Following graduation, she worked in a private large animal practice in Sulphur Springs, TX before going to Texas A & M for a large animal internal medicine residency and Master’s degree. Dr. Navarre joined the Food Animal Section at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital where she spent 11 years providing clinical service and teaching of food animal medicine and surgery. Dr. Navarre is currently Extension Veterinarian with the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center. She serves the State of Louisiana by providing continuing education and herd disease investigation services to livestock producers, extension agents and veterinarians, and as state BQA coordinator. She is a Past President of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners.  She and her family raise Simmental cattle and her extended family is involved with the beef, dairy and farming industries.         

Classes:
Managing Through a Natural Disaster
Wednesday, January 30th
8:15 am - 9:15 am
Herd Health Round-Up – Covering All the Bases
Wednesday, January 30th
10:45 am - 11:45 am

David Patterson

David Patterson

PhD, Professor of Animal Science, University of Missouri

David J. Patterson, Ph.D., is a member of the faculty in the Division of Animal Sciences at the University of Missouri.  Patterson, a native of Montana, completed his B.S. and M.S. degrees at Montana State University. Research for his MS degree was conducted at the USDA Livestock and Range Research Laboratory in Miles City, MT.  Patterson received his Ph.D. in reproductive physiology from Kansas State University. Patterson served on the faculty at the University of Kentucky for eight years prior to joining the Division of Animal Sciences at MU in 1996.

Patterson has received over $9M in competitive funding to support his research program, and his publication record includes over 400 refereed journal articles, scientific abstracts, proceedings papers and presentations at national and international meetings. Dr. Patterson’s research efforts have gained wide industry acceptance, and resulted in new strategies to synchronize estrous cycles of postpartum beef cows and replacement beef heifers.  Patterson’s research program received funding for the past 18 years from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Competitive Grants Program which led to the development of 4 progestin-based protocols to facilitate fixed-time artificial insemination in beef heifers and cows along with a modified breeding strategy using split-time AI. Most recently Patterson and his colleagues at Mizzou received funding from NIFA in support of the “National Center for Applied Reproduction and Genomics” in Beef Cattle.

Dr. Patterson led the development of Missouri’s Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program, which during the past 20 years, 857 farms enrolled 136,606 heifers in the program. The marketing arm of the program has facilitated the sale of 34,239 heifers in 157 sales across Missouri, with heifers sold into 20 states. The Missouri Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program is the first statewide, on-farm beef heifer development and marketing program of its kind in the US. The impact of the program on Missouri’s economy over the past 20 years exceeds $150M.

Patterson was recognized as the Man of the Year in Missouri Agriculture in 2001; was a past recipient of the American Society of Animal Science Extension, Animal Industry Service, and  Animal Management Awards in 2006, 2007, and 2018 respectively; the Beef Improvement Federation Continuing Service Award in 2010; the Frederick Mumford Outstanding Faculty Member in the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources in 2012; the 2012 Research Award presented by the National Association of Animal Breeders; the 2013 NIFA Partnership Award for Mission Integration of Research, Education, and Extension (Recognized by USDA-NIFA for development and implementation of integrated Research, Extension, and Education programs that support improvements in beef production, reproduction, and genetics); the 2013 NIFA Partnership Award for Multistate Efforts (Recognized by USDA-NIFA for leadership in reproductive programming to the beef industry through cooperative Extension efforts); the 2014 C. Brice Ratchford Memorial Fellowship Award which recognizes a University of Missouri faculty member who demonstrates commitment, dedication and effectiveness in advancing the land-grant mission; the 2015 University of Missouri President’s Award for Economic Development resulting from impact of the Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program on Missouri’s economy; and in 2017 was named as one of “50 Missourians You Should Know”, Ingrams’s Kansas City’s Business Magazine.

Class:
Utilizing Reproductive Technologies
Wednesday, January 30th
8:15 am - 9:15 am

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George Perry

George Perry

PhD, Professor, South Dakota State University

Professor, beef reproductive management specialist, South Dakota State University. Dr. Perry was raised in south-central Texas. He received his bachelor’s degree in animal science from Texas A&M University, and his M.S. and Ph.D.from the University of Missouri. His research efforts are in the area of factors that influence reproductive efficiency, pregnancy success, and embryo mortality.

Class:
Keys to a Successful Breeding Program
Wednesday, January 30th
9:30 am - 10:30 am

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Nathan Pike

Nathan Pike

MS, Strategic Marketing and Technology Leader, Cargill

Nathan Pike is the Strategic Marketing and Technology Leader for Cargill Animal Nutrition’s Beef Team. He joined Cargill in 2002 and has worked in the Animal Nutrition and Protein businesses supporting the beef industry throughout his tenure. Nathan has also been active in many of Cargill’s sustainability initiatives. Nathan has a master’s degree in Ruminant Nutrition from Kansas State University.

Class:
They Want What?
Wednesday, January 30th
8:15 am - 9:15 am

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Sarah Place

Sarah Place

PhD, Senior Director of Sustainable Beef Production Research, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association 

Sara Place is the Senior Director of Sustainable Beef Production Research at NCBA. Her role is to oversee The Beef Checkoff funded sustainability program, including using life cycle assessment to benchmark the US beef industry’s sustainability. Prior to joining NCBA, she was an Assistant Professor of Sustainable Beef Cattle Systems at Oklahoma State University for four years, with a split research and teaching appointment. At Oklahoma State, her research program focused on the measurement of enteric methane emissions from cattle. Her teaching responsibilities included Animal Nutrition, Dairy Cattle Science, Ethics and Professionalism, and Sustainable Animal Agriculture. From 2014-15, she served on the National Academies of Sciences Committee on Considerations for the Future of Animal Science Research that published the report, Critical Role of Animal Science Research in Food Security and Sustainability. She received her Ph.D. in Animal Biology from University of California, Davis, a B.S. in Animal Science from Cornell University, and an A.A.S. in Agriculture Business from Morrisville State College.

Class:
Cattle’s Upcycling Super Power
Wednesday, January 30th
9:30 am - 10:30 am

Ky Pohler

Ky Pohler

PhD, Associate Professor, Beef Cattle Production, Texas A&M University

Dr. Ky Pohler is an Assistant Professor and a member of the graduate faculty in the Department of Animal Science. He grew up in Shiner, TX and received a B.S. in Animal Science from Texas A&M University.  He then received a M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. Prior to returning to Texas A&M, Ky was on faculty at the University of Tennessee in the Department of Animal Science. Ky’s research interest focus on understanding the physiological and molecular mechanisms that control reproductive efficiency in cattle. More specifically his lab is interested in the mechanisms that lead to embryonic and fetal mortality in cattle and development of management strategies to overcome these losses.

Class:
Managing for Reproductive Success
Wednesday, January 30th
10:45 am - 11:45 am

Adam Summers

Adam Summers

PhD, Assistant Professor, New Mexico State University

Dr. Adam Summers is an Assistant Professor in Animal Science at New Mexico State University with an emphasis in reproductive physiology. Dr. Summers grew up in Northern Utah and received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Utah State University in Animal Science. He completed his Ph.D at the University of Nebraska in 2012. His research focuses on increasing livestock productivity, efficiency, and reproductive longevity through improved management strategies. Specifically, his group investigates the impact of pre- and post-conceptional nutrition on developing heifer oocyte quality and fertility; implementation reproductive technologies that will benefit producers in extensive rangeland systems; and supplementation strategies for pregnant cows to improve performance and maximize both male and female progeny efficiency through fetal programming.

Class:
Keys to a Successful Breeding Program
Wednesday, January 30th
9:30 am - 10:30 am

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Heather Tansey

Heather Tansey

MS, Sustainability Director, Cargill 

Heather Tansey is the Sustainability Director for Cargill Animal Nutrition and Protein. Heather has nearly 20 years of experience in the sustainability field. Currently, she leads Cargill’s Protein and Animal Nutrition sustainability teams to develop and execute Cargill’s Sustainable Animal Protein Strategy which addresses sustainability challenges and opportunities throughout the animal protein value chain.

Prior to Cargill, Heather spent 15 years at 3M leading various aspects of sustainability, most recently as 3M’s Head of International Sustainability & Community Investment. During her time at 3M, Heather led work to embed sustainability into innovation, business development, business strategy, and key account engagement. Heather began her career at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where she co-developed the EPA's Climate Leaders program.

Heather has a degree in Biology from Lawrence University and a Masters in Environmental Management from Duke University.

Class:
They Want What?
Wednesday, January 30th
8:15 am - 9:15 am

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Bill Thoni

Bill Thoni

Vice President Cattle Procurement, Cargill

Bill Thoni is the Vice President of Cattle Procurement at Cargill, based in Wichita, Kansas. Bill began his career with the Excel Corporation in 1985 as a Production Trainee, joining the Cattle Procurement team as a Cattle Buyer in 1987. Since 2003, he has led various beef-related teams and businesses within Cargill. Bill has a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Oklahoma State University.

Class:
They Want What?
Wednesday, January 30th
8:15 am - 9:15 am

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Bob Weaber

Bob Weaber

PhD, eBeef Team, Professor/Extension Specialist, Kansas State University

Bob Weaber joined the faculty of the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry at Kansas State University in August of 2011 as Cow-Calf Extension Specialist and faculty coordinator of the K-State’s Purebred Unit. Previously, Weaber served in the Division of Animal Sciences at the University of Missouri (MU) as Extension Specialist-Beef Genetics and was responsible for educational programming in the area of beef cattle genetics. Dr. Weaber also serves as central regional secretary of the Beef Improvement Federation, is a co-coordinator of the National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium education programs and has served as a member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Policy Division Board of Directors. The focus of his extension and research programs have been to broaden the availability, use and understanding of genetic selection tools (Expected Progeny Differences, DNA markers and selection indexes) as well as performance data collection schemes implemented by cattle producers. Dr. Weaber grew up on a cow-calf operation in southern Colorado and went on to earn a BS in animal science followed by a Master of Agriculture degree in the Beef Industry Leadership Program at Colorado State University. He completed his doctoral studies in the Animal Breeding and Genetics Group at Cornell University.

Class:
Crossbreeding - A Cattlemen's Free Ride
Wednesday, January 30th
9:30 am - 10:30 am

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