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The 6:00 news.

Text alerts on our cell phones.

Social media notifications.

Weather warnings coming across the radio.

The newspapers piling up on the end table.

Periodicals. Audio Books. Journals. Podcasts.

You don’t have to look far to find endless resources for constant feeds of information. In fact, it can quickly become overwhelming if you’re not effectively weeding out where and how you acquire your information.

Is the source reliable?

Is the information accurate?

Is it timely?

How does this affect me?

As sure as the constant drip of facts and figures continues, so does time pass by.

We understand that your time is important, that’s why the Winter Innovation Forum on February 22 is a can’t-miss event. In one day we’ve brought the nation’s best presenters to advise you on the industries that matter for your business.

We thought today may be a great time to introduce you to the eight individuals who will lead the discussions throughout the day on February 22.


Terry Barr

Senior Director, Knowledge Exchange Division,

CoBank, ACB

Terry Barr, a nationally recognized economist, is senior director for CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange Division, an information-and-knowledge-sharing initiative created in 2009. The division draws upon the expertise and insights of experts inside CoBank as well as those of its customers and other third-party experts and professionals in the industries it serves.

Previously, Dr. Barr served as chief economist for the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives in Washington, DC from 1985 to 2009. Prior to joining NCFC, Terry held several positions during a 14-year tenure at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He served as chairman of the World Agricultural Outlook Board, which is responsible for coordinating USDA’s commodity forecasts and for publishing its monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates. He also served in the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture as director of economic analysis. Terry holds a doctorate in economics from Washington State University.

Missy Bauer, Crop Consultant, B&M Crop Consultingmissybauer_cropped

Missy Bauer is an independent crop consultant with B&M Crop Consulting out of Coldwater, MI. She acts as the Farm Journal Associate Field Agronomist and coordinates the Farm Journal Test Plots in the eastern Corn Belt.

Missy also is an agronomist for AgDay Farm Journal College TV. Missy has hosted Corn College and Soybean College in addition to helping Ken Ferrie with Corn College in Heyworth, IL. Previously, Missy had been a field agronomist with The Andersons for eight years. She coordinated agronomy research farms in Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio which were used to educate customers on agronomic practices, test new products and systems, and to evaluate current products.

Bauer holds a B.S. degree from Michigan State University where she majored in Crop and Soil Science and an M.S. degree in Agronomy from Purdue University under Dr. Tony Vyn. Her M.S. research and thesis work studied “The Feasibility of Fall Strip Tillage for Corn Production in Indiana”. She completed her Masters degree and graduated from Purdue University with a 4.0 GPA in April of 2001. Missy is also an active certified crop advisor (CCA).

Bauer is originally from Grant, MI where she grew up on a cash crop and cattle farm along with her five older brothers and four sisters. Missy resides in Coldwater, MI with her husband who is also an independent crop consultant with B&M Crop Consulting and their three children; Kathryn, William, and Anna.

Chuck Conner
President and CEO, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives

Charles F. (Chuck) Conner became president & CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) on January 22, 2009. As president of NCFC, Conner will oversee the organization’s work to promote and protect the business and public policy interests of America’s farmer-owned cooperatives. He will also provide the strategic vision for the trade association as it continues to seek new ways in which to add value for its membership.

Prior to joining NCFC, Conner had served as the Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Agriculture since mid-2005. In this capacity, he was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) overseeing day-to-day operations of the department. Conner interacted directly with President George W. Bush and his senior staff to formulate domestic and international food, trade, security and energy policy. He led development of the Bush Administration’s $300 billion Farm Bill proposal and the strategy to educate and inform industry, constituents and Congress.

From August 2007 to January 2008, Conner served as both USDA Secretary and Deputy Secretary. He played a key role in developing the Administration’s immigration policy including important changes to the H2A program.

Conner’s experience also includes the assignment of Special Assistant to the President, Executive Office of the President, from October 2001 to May 2005, working on the 2001/2 Farm Bill to develop the strategy behind the transfer of several USDA agency functions to the newly formed Department of Homeland Security.

From May 1997 to October 2001 Conner served as President of the Corn Refiners Association. He also served for 17 years as an advisor to U.S. Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana.

Conner is a graduate of Purdue University, with a Bachelor’s of Science degree and is the recipient of Purdue’s Distinguished Alumni Award. He and his wife Dru have four children.

14-dlugosz-headshotSteve Dlugosz, CCA, Agronomist, Harvest Land Co-op

Steve Dlugosz received a BS in Agronomy from Purdue University in 1980, and a MS in Entomology from Purdue University in 1991. He started his career as an Area IPM Extension specialist for Purdue, and worked an eleven county area of southwest Indiana. In 1985, he went to work for Indiana Farm Bureau Cooperative Inc. He has held various agronomic positions within the Cooperative system over the years of industry consolidation, and is currently the Lead Agronomist for Harvest Land Co-op.

Steve has been heavily involved in the CCA program since its inception, and has served in a number of leadership roles including Chairman of the International CCA Board in 2006. Steve has also served on a number of agricultural and industry boards and committees over the years. In 1997 he was appointed by the Governor of Indiana to serve on the Indiana Pesticide Review Board and currently serves today. He testified before two different Congressional Committees on Agriculture in 2005 and again in 2010

dysleTodd Dysle, UAN Products Manager, CHS

Todd Dysle has had a 31-year career in the Crop Nutrient industry, working for a retail/wholesale fertilizer distributor. He has spent more than 10 years with two international trading companies. Dysle joined CHS in 2008 as the Product Manager for UAN (Nitrogen Solutions) and has since handled all crop nutrients at one time or another. Today he manages the UAN and the Ammonia books

It with great fondness that Dysle shares his fertilizer business experience with you today. He has witnessed many industry changes over the years and very much enjoys sharing that information with farmers.

Todd Dysle was raised on an Ohio dairy farm where his passion for agriculture was ignited. He went on to serve as a State FFA Officer and then received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from The Ohio State University. Dysle went on to be a Farm Broadcaster for 10 years and also a part time grain farmer.

Dysle has lived with his wife Paula in the Tampa, FL area the past 18 years. In his spare time he enjoys travel, golf, and his two granddaughters who reside in Ohio.

capture1Adam Ringo, Manager, Refined Products Supply, CountryMark

Adam Ringo joined CountryMark in July 2012 and currently oversees refined product supply. Adam is responsible for purchasing and reselling refined products by barge, pipeline, and over the rack to maintain a balanced supply system. He also uses fundamental and technical analysis of the energy markets to properly execute strategies within CountryMark’s risk management program. Moreover, time is spent outside the office at member forums educating CountryMark’s customer base on the Risk Management options provided to them through the cooperative system. Prior to CountryMark, Adam acted as an advisor for a natural gas midstream investment company that specialized in midstream processing plants located in the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays. Adam was also with Summit Energy based out of Louisville, KY where he worked as a natural gas Sourcing Analyst.

Adam has a Bachelors of Science degree in Economics and a minor in Finance from the University of Louisville – Louisville, KY.

smith-charlie-091504Charlie Smith,
President/CEO, CountryMark

Charlie Smith is President and CEO of CountryMark Cooperative Holding Corp. (CountryMark). CountryMark’s operations encompass oil exploration and production, refining, and distribution-refined products to its branded retailers. Charlie began his career with the Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) where he held a number of petroleum-related assignments in Houston, Anchorage and Dallas. In 1991, he joined a leading international petroleum consulting firm where he became Vice President and Director, managing the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions practice. Charlie joined CountryMark in his current capacity in January 2003. Charlie holds a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University and is a graduate of the Hoosier Fellows program at Indiana University’s Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence. He also is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas. Charlie served eight years on the Advisory Board of the new Indiana State Department of Agriculture for which he received the Partner in Progress Award from Lt. Governor Becky Skillman. He currently serves on the Board of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Advisors for Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business (Indianapolis), the Board of the Michigan Oil and Gas Association, and the Industry Advisory Council for Purdue University’s School of Chemical Engineering. Charlie recently received the 2015 Purdue University School of Chemical Engineering’s Outstanding Chemical Engineer Award.

bio-picture-annAnn McLay Taylor
Director of Talent Acquisition
Land O’Lakes

Ann McLay Taylor is Director of Talent Acquisition, and in this role leads recruitment for the organization as well as oversight to College Relations of Ag Business Recruitment for member coops. She contributes to the broader talent management initiatives for the Land O’Lakes enterprise, and has recently acted as an advisor for the Learning and Development Council and for the Emerging Leaders programs at Land O’Lakes. Prior to her current position, she held the role of Human Resources Director for Dairy Foods, Purina Business to Business, and the Corporate Centers for Land O’Lakes, Inc.

In addition to spending more than 15 years in her career at Land O’Lakes and through various roles within the HR organization, she previously held roles as Division Director for Robert Half, International and in Corporate Human Resources for Merrill Corporation. Ann holds a College of Liberal Arts degree from the University of Minnesota.

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