Conference Speakers

Adam Putnam

Adam Putnam

Ducks Unlimited

Ducks Unlimited CEO Adam Putnam is a hunter, angler, and lifelong advocate for conservation and agriculture. In the past year, Ducks Unlimited reached a tremendous milestone – more than 15 million acres conserved across…
Amy OShea

Amy O’Shea

Certis Biologicals

As President & Chief Executive Officer of Certis Biologicals, the world’s leading full-line biological-based agricultural inputs company, Amy leads a global team of manufacturing, distribution, marketing, sales, and field development professionals for this division…
Andrew Lentz

Andrew Lentz


As ESMC’s Policy Director, Andrew develops the consortium’s strategic national policy plan to support and align with ESMC’s mission, vision, and national program buildout. Andrew has over a decade of experience in the nation’s…
Ashley Stokes

Ashley M. Stokes

UT Extension

Ashley M. Stokes, who previously served as associate vice president for engagement and extension and deputy director of extension at Colorado State University, has been in her new role as the leader of UT…
Ben Gordon

Ben Gordon

Corteva Agriscience

As Portfolio Leader, Carbon and Ecosystems Services Portfolio at Corteva Agriscience, Ben Gordon is responsible for developing holistic solutions to reward farmers for sustainable outcomes and drive farm profitability. Prior to this leadership role,…
Billy Gascoigne

Billy Gascoigne

Ducks Unlimited

Billy Gascoigne is the national Director of Agricultural Sustainability and Partner Engagement for Ducks Unlimited (DU).  In that role, Billy helps crosswalk DU’s on-the-ground conservation capacity with industry partners and their respective sustainability objectives. …
Carlos Suarez-NRCS CA

Carlos Suarez


Carlos Suarez is California State Conservationist and has worked for USDA-NRCS for 28 years. He has also been State Conservationist in Florida, Deputy State Conservationist in Nebraska and California, Assistant State Conservationist for Field…
Chad Ellis

Chad Ellis

Texas Agricultural Land Trust

Chad Ellis is the Chief Executive Officer for Texas Agricultural Land Trust (TALT), Chad Ellis brings a wealth of land conservation experience, most recently in his work for the Noble Research Institute, the largest…
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Chaz Holt

American Society of Agronomy

Chaz Holt is a seventh-generation farmer from northern Georgia who is the precision agriculture and conservation specialist in the Southeast for the Quail Forever and Cotton Inc. partnership. He is married and raising his…
Darren Howie

Daren Howie


Darren grew up on a mixed cattle and grain farm in Southern Alberta, Canada. As an agronomist and business manager he has led agronomy, sales and business teams through times of growth and expansion. …
LaKisha Odom

Dr. LaKisha Odom

Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research

Dr. LaKisha Odom joined the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) in 2016 as a scientific program director to pursue her commitment to promoting the use of innovative science and interdisciplinary thinking to…
Dr. Leah Windsor

Dr. Leah Windsor

University of Memphis

Dr. Leah Windsor is an Associate Professor in the Applied Linguistics group in the Department of English and the Institute for Intelligent Systems at The University of Memphis. She also has Faculty Affiliate status…
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Dr. Sara Place


Sara is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Elanco, where she provides technical expertise on sustainability issues to customers and supports Elanco’s Healthy Purpose. Prior to Elanco, she was the senior director for sustainable beef…
Gary Adams

Gary M. Adams

President and Chief Executive Officer National Cotton Council of America

Gary Adams is the National Cotton Council’s president and chief executive officer. In that role, he helps guide the industry’s seven segments to reach consensus on critical policies affecting U.S. cotton, with the mission…
Greg Siegenthaler

Greg Siegenthaler

Grande Cheese Company

Greg is currently in his 31st year at Grande Cheese Company, Dairy Road, Fond du lac, Wisconsin as the Vice President of Milk Marketing and Supply Chain. Within his current role, Greg is responsible…

Jay Vroom

America's Conservation Ag Movement

Jay Vroom chairs the America’s Conservation Ag Movement Board of Advisers, guiding the largest public-private conservation partnership in American agriculture. Jay is a long-trusted voice in agribusiness, having served 30 years as CEO of…

Jim Winn

Cottonwood Dairy

Jim Winn is a lifelong dairy farmer and co-owns Cottonwood Dairy with two other partners. He was a founding member of Edge, has served on its board of directors since inception and now serves…
Keith Mears

Keith Mears

KMears Farm

Keith Mears is a 5th generation farmer who grows 310 acres of corn, soybeans, and wheat near Delphi, IN with his wife, Kristen, and three children ages seven, four, and one.  After growing up…
Kira Valentin

Kira Everhart-Valentin

United Sorghum Checkoff Program

Kira Everhart-Valentin serves the United Sorghum Checkoff Program (USCP), where she is responsible for developing and leading the sorghum industry’s sustainability initiatives. This includes the assessment of opportunities for investment and collaboration to increase…
Michelle Rossman

Michelle Rossman

Dairy Management Inc

As Vice President, Environmental Stewardship for Dairy Management Inc., Michelle Rossman focuses on building programs to provide support for producers as they adopt best practices and technologies to reduce their environmental footprint.  Increasing awareness…
Nathan Fields

Nathan Fields

National Corn Growers Association

Nathan has been with the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) since 2004 and currently oversees the Production and Sustainability department for the organization. Prior to his current role, he held roles directing the Biotechnology, Economic Analysis,…
Nick Reinke

Nick Reinke

Land O’Lakes

Nick Reinke is the Soil Health Services Lead at Land O’Lakes – Truterra, where he works closely with a wide array of internal and external partners to drive adoption of regenerative agricultural practices at…
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Randy Russell

The Russell Group

Randy Russell is President of The Russell Group, Washington’s leading bipartisan government relations firm focused exclusively on food and agriculture public policy. He was born and raised in Virginia. Prior to joining the firm…

Rob Dongoski

Ernst & Young LLP

As a Partner at Ernst & Young LLP, Rob has over 20 years of experience serving clients in the food and agribusiness sectors. He works with a number of Fortune 500, Global 1000 and…
Roylene Comes At Night

Roylene M Comes At Night

USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service

Roylene M Comes At Night, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist (formerly Rides at the Door) is the 5th generation raised on her family’s cattle and horse ranch located on the Blackfeet…
Scott Herndon

Scott Herndon

Field to Market

Scott Herndon serves as the President of Field to Market. Prior to joining Field to Market in 2022, he served as the Vice President and General Counsel of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association, focusing…
Steve Rhines

Steven Rhines

Noble Research Institute

Steven Rhines serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Noble Research Institute. The Institute is a nonprofit agricultural research organization focused on regenerative ranching; conducting research and farmer and rancher education to…
Trey Davis

Trey Davis

Davis Family Farms

Trey Davis serves as a Managing Partner of Davis Family Farms located in Doerun, Georgia. The Davis Family operation produces cotton, peanuts, corn, and wheat as well as running purebred Angus and Hereford cattle….

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