National Conference Speakers

General session keynotes

Su Rankin, Senior VP of Operations, Land O’ Lakes, Inc.

*Seeing and Seizing Opportunities to Learn, Lead and Succeed*

Su Rankin is senior vice president of operations at Land O’Lakes, Inc. In her role, she is responsible for the functional oversight of more than 80 facilities that manufacture products delivered under the LAND O LAKES, Purina and WinField brands. Su’s career path spans multiple industries, including specialty chemicals and equipment, consumer packaged goods and food products.

Read more here >>> Sponsored by Land O’Lakes, Inc.

Greg Bethard, CFO, Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy, Dairy Dreams and Ron’s Cheese

*Managing Through Thick and Thin*

Greg Bethard received his BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees from Virginia Tech in dairy nutrition and management.  Following graduate school, he worked on the faculty at New Mexico State University and then as a technical services specialist for Monsanto Dairy Business.  From 2009 through 2014, Greg worked at DRMS at North Carolina State University in dairy software development.  Since 2000, Greg has operated G&R Dairy Consulting, Inc. with his wife Rachel.  G&R Dairy Consulting, Inc. is an international dairy consulting firm focusing on nutrition, facilities, management, business planning, and financial and records-analysis services.

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Annette van Velde, International Dairywoman

*Broadening the Horizon*

Annette van Velde is a partner with her husband Ad in Hunsingo Dairy which has been producing milk for generations.  Hunsingo Dairy is located in the attractive Dutch region of North Groningen, close to the Wadden Sea.  A dairy farm that is in harmony with nature, where healthy cows live and have lived for generations. The Netherlands is the leader in dairy products. Milk is in the genes of the Dutch and their country is famous for the high quality of its dairy products.  They are also part owners in Cownexxion which is an international dairy consulting firm.

Read more here >>>Sponsored by CRV.

Mary Keough Ledman, Dairy Economist; Publisher, Daily Dairy Report; and Principal, Keough Ledman Associates, Inc.

*A Ticket to Ride: Where are we on the Dairy Market Roller Coaster *

Mary Keough Ledman has over thirty years of experience in the dairy industry that includes production, processing and policy. She grew-up on a 160-acre, 50-cow dairy farm in southern Wisconsin and has worked on farms in Germany and Japan. Mary’s past work experience includes USDA, Kraft and Stella Foods. In 1995, she founded Keough Ledman Associates, a dairy economic consulting firm. In 2012, Mary acquired the Daily Dairy Report from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

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Laura Daniels, Founder and President, Dairy Girl Network; Business Development Manager, Star Blends; and Owner, Heartwood Farms

*Off the Beaten Path*

Dairy Girl Network founder and president, Laura Daniels will close the conference with her talk “Off the Beaten Path” which will inspire, motivate and connect all dairy women! Laura will highlight where women began and where dairy women are headed in her enthusiastic and encouraging presentation.
Read more here >>>. Sponsored by AgStar.


Breakout sessions

Yvonne Agnello-Adams, President and Lead Trainer, YDAA & Associates

*Becoming Assertive Versus Aggressive*

*Managing Emotions to Build Credibility*

Yvonne Agnello-Adams has had an exemplary career as an award-winning and highly praised professional speaker, corporate trainer, and leader for more than 15 years. She travels around the world training professionals on important life skills which lead to success, including time management, communication, conflict management, personality styles, and succeeding as a woman in the workplace and the world.

Read more here >>>. Sponsored by Diamond V.

Dr. Steve Carlson, D.V.M., Ph.D., Iowa State University

*Connecting the Dots: Pathogens Affecting Your Herd*

Dr. Steve Carlson received his B.S. in Animal Science and a D.V.M. from Iowa State University. After three years as a private practice large animal veterinarian, he returned to school and received a Ph.D. in Pharmacology at the University of Iowa. Following postdoctoral training in pathogenic bacteriology focusing on Salmonella, Dr. Carlson worked as a Veterinary Medical Officer with the USDA where he solved a major problem regarding antibiotic resistant Salmonella with enhanced disease-causing capabilities.

Read more here >>>

Dr. Katherine Curran, Principal, Resources For Creative Change, Inc.

*Communicating Between Women and Men: What’s the Difference That Makes a Difference?*

Katherine Curran, Ph.D., is leading the redesign of the Leadership Institute at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN. A strategic change consultant, executive coach and leadership development expert with a 22-year track record of success, Dr. Curran brings to bear these three disciplines to help her mid- to senior-management-level coaching and consulting clients achieve and exceed their deeply held goals.

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Laurie Fischer, President, American Dairy Coalition Inc.

*Dairy’s Valuable Voice on Capitol Hill*

Laurie Fischer, well known in Madison, throughout Wisconsin, and in Washington, D.C. for her tenacious efforts on behalf of Wisconsin’s dairy farmers is president of the American Dairy Coalition. Fischer, formerly Director of the Wisconsin Dairy Business Association (DBA), has broad and in-depth knowledge of policy and the political process along with extensive personal relationships built up over many years with key political leaders in both the State and Federal capitols.

Read more here >>>. Sponsored by the American Dairy Coalition Inc.

Paul Hansen, Manager, Leadership Development, Member Relations, Land O’Lakes Inc.

*How Are You Stretching?*

Paul Hansen is the Leader Development Manager at Land O’Lakes, focused on partnering with members owners to identify areas to help them be better leaders. He developed a love of agriculture growing up in rural Iowa and his involvement with organizations that provide leadership development opportunities sparked a passion for seeing people grow and develop.

Read more here >>>. Sponsored by Land O’Lakes, Inc. 

Jeff Judy, Principal, Jeff Judy & Associates

*Getting the Credit You Deserve*

Jeff Judy is principal of Jeff Judy & Associates and has spent several decades teaching and consulting in the area of business and consumer credit. Jeff brings a unique perspective to the business of working with your financial institution. A nationally known trainer and consultant to the financial services industry, a frequent presenter at trade association meetings and industry conferences, and a prolific writer of newsletter and trade journal articles, Jeff teaches financial institutions how to think about their business customers.

Read more here >>>Sponsored by Paul Mueller Company.

Julie Kratz, Help Your Team Grow Coach

*How to be Prepared for Courageous Conversations*

Julie graduated with business degrees from The Ohio State University and a MBA from the IU Kelley School of Business, focused on strategy and operations. While with Adayana, Julie led the consulting and business development teams in 100+ engagements across scenario planning, strategic planning, and organizational development with top agribusiness clients.

Read more here >>>Sponsored by Zoetis. 

Mary Keough Ledman, Dairy Economist; Publisher, Daily Dairy Report; and Principal, Keough Ledman Associates, Inc.

*Understanding Your Milk Check Top to Bottom*

Mary Keough Ledman has over thirty years of experience in the dairy industry that includes production, processing and policy. She grew-up on a 160-acre, 50-cow dairy farm in southern Wisconsin and has worked on farms in Germany and Japan. Mary’s past work experience includes USDA, Kraft and Stella Foods. In 1995, she founded Keough Ledman Associates, a dairy economic consulting firm. In 2012, Mary acquired the Daily Dairy Report from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

Read more here >>>

Betsey McKenna, Human Resource Manager and International Development, Alliance Dairies

*Engaging Employees: Building Your Teams*

Growing-up a cross the driveway from her family’s animal hospital and farm, Betsey was fully immersed into employee management, as she was given situations from the clinic and asked how she would have handled them. As a Cornell alumni, she took a position with Alliance Dairies as the Director of International Development with a focus in employee engagement.

Read more here >>>

Carrie Mess, DairyCarrie.com and Mesa Dairy

*Advocacy in Action*

Carrie Mess is a dairy farmer, blogger, speaker and agvocate for agriculture from Lake Mills, Wisconsin. Farming in partnership with her husband Patrick and his parents on their 100 cow dairy, Carrie shares her story and connects with those unfamiliar with agriculture via social media and her blog, The Adventures of Dairy Carrie.

Read more here >>>Sponsored by Balchem. 

Dr. Gary Neubauer, Senior Manager Dairy Technical Services, Zoetis

*Building the Health of Your Herd*

Dr. Gary Neubauer is the Senior Manager for our Dairy Technical Services team at Zoetis. Dr. Neubauer’s broad expertise includes milk quality, reproduction, fresh cow health, transition management, calf management, residue avoidance and records analysis.

Read more here >>>Sponsored by Zoetis. 

Chase Pagel, Safety Consultant, CP Safety Consulting LLC

*Let’s Talk Farm Safety*

Chase Pagel Owner and Safety Consultant for CP Safety Consulting has been working with and around farm safety since 2012 when OSHA created the Agriculture LEP. She started out as the Safety Coordinator for Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy and since then has started her own Consulting Company. She has participated in an OSHA audit, Abatement meeting with OSHA, OSHA reportable injuries and multiple farm audits that keep her farms safe.

Read more here >>>

Connie Meyer, Owner, Quarry Hill Dairy

Connie Meyer, along with her husband John, is the owner of Quarry Hill Dairy, LLC. They have 22 full-time employees and milk 800 Holsteins on two locations near Rollingstone in southeastern MN. A little over one year ago, one of their employees was in a very serious farm accident. Connie has learned a lot about worker’s compensation and insurance in general. She will share what steps farms can take to be best prepared when the unexpected happens.

Session sponsored by GPS Consulting.

 

Panels

Unraveling Today’s Technology, sponsored by DeLaval
Experts Among Us: Dairy Girl Network Board of Director Roundtable
Early Bird Gets the Worm
Outstanding in Her Field