Conference Speakers

Aaron Krueger

Aaron Kruger

Kruger Farm

Aaron Krueger is a fourth-generation farmer in the southwest corner of Owensville, Indiana, where he manages 870 acres of corn, soybeans and soft red winter wheat with his grandfather. His conservation practices have created…
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…
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Adam York

National Sorghum Producers

Adam York is the Director of Sustainability with National Sorghum Producers and the United Sorghum Checkoff Program. He is responsible for developing and leading the U.S. Sorghum Industry’s sustainability initiatives and continually assessing opportunities…
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…

Amy Saltzman

Walton Family Foundation

Amy is a senior program officer leading the foundation’s Mississippi River initiative, which seeks to support healthy soils, clean water and a restored and resilient Mississippi River system. Before joining the foundation, Amy was…
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Andrew Jordan

Jordan Associates

Andrew Jordan is owner of Jordan Associates whose business purpose is to aid agricultural organizations in meeting customer expectations for responsibly grown products. Most recently Jordan was on the grant writing team of the…
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 Director of Agricultural Sustainability & Strategic Partnerships 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. Billy leads…
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Bradford Warner


Bradford Warner is vice president of sales and business development for Farmobile — AGI’s (Ag Growth International’s) field and fleet data collection technology. With more than two decades of diverse experience in both industry…

Bruce Knight

Strategic Conservation Solutions

Bruce Knight is a nationally recognized expert on conservation, agriculture and the environment. With a long track record of bringing strategic workable solutions to complex and controversial issues, he understands the workings of farm…
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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) and the founding chair of Trust In Beef. He brings a wealth of land conservation experience, most recently in his work…
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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…

Christopher Adams

Adams Family Farm

Christopher Adams is partner at Adams Family Farm in Grand Forks, ND., where he grew up. Following high school, he earned a Biology pre-health degree from the University of North Dakota. Upon graduation Christopher…

Cristian Barcan

Rabo AgriFinance

Cristian Barcan is vice president and rural sustainability officer for Rabo AgriFinance. In his role at Rabobank, Cristian leads the rural sustainability and Carbon Bank efforts across the region and works closely with the…
Darren Howie

Daren Howie


Darren is Director of Carbon & Sustainability for Trimble Agriculture Enterprise Solutions. He grew up on a mixed cattle and grain farm in Southern Alberta, Canada. As an agronomist and business manager he has…
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…

Hansel New

Dairy Farmers of America

Hansel New is Director of Sustainability at Dairy Farmers of America, a farmer-owned cooperative and one the world’s leading dairy food companies. In this role he leads sustainability programs across the co-op and helps…

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…
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John Larson

American Farmland Trust

John represents AFT externally and works to establish strategic partnerships that advance mission goals. Before joining AFT, John served as CEO of the National Association of Conservation Districts, executive director of the Washington Association of Conservation Districts,…

Justin Ransom

Tyson Foods

Dr. Justin Ransom is the Senior Director of Sustainable Food Strategy at Tyson Foods. He works with subject matter experts, business leaders and external partners to develop and implement sustainability strategies that will have…
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…
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Kevin O'Donnell

Dairy Farmers of America

As senior vice president of sustainability for Dairy Farmers of America, Kevin is responsible for steering DFA’s sustainability activities and evolving the Cooperative’s environmental, social and governance efforts. Prior to joining DFA, Kevin worked…

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