Our 2023 Conference Speakers


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…

Kimberly Raikes

Whitelock Community Farm

Kimberly is an urban farmer, community outreach coordinator and produce-safety educator in Baltimore, Md. Her passion for farming originates from her family’s farm in Fort Mitchell, Virginia. Kimberly developed Whitelock Community Farm from Baltimore’s…
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…

Matt Splitter

Splitter Farms

Matt was raised on the ancestral home just outside Lorraine, Kansas. In the fall of 2011, Matt and his wife, Janna, seeded their first winter wheat crop. Matt has served on multiple boards, including;…

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…
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Rob Barley

Rock Star Farms

Rob is a co-owner in Star Rock Farms., along with his brother Tom and cousin Abe, where they farm over 12,000 acres of corn, wheat and soybeans, milk 1,700 cows, own a 4000-sow farrow…

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…

Max Teplitski

International Fresh Produce Assn.

Max Teplitski is Chief Science Officer for The International Fresh Produce Assn., which serves the entire fresh produce and floral supply chain by seamlessly integrating world-facing advocacy and industry-facing support. Max oversees association-wide initiatives, government…

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…

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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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,…
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Sarah Jones

Red Hill Farms

Sarah Jones and her husband, Bart, have a 15-year-old son, Ty. Together, they own and operate Red Hill Farms, a 7th-generation family farm located in both south central Kentucky and northern middle Tennessee where…
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Mitchell Hora

Continuum Ag

Mitchell is a 7th-generation Iowa farmer and the Founder/CEO of Continuum Ag, a soil health data intelligence company. Continuum works with enterprise level partners to help them implement regenerative ag practices throughout their supply chain or…

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…

Terry Cosby


NRCS Chief Terry Cosby leads a premier federal conservation agency known for its 3,000 field-office network that helps farmers, ranchers and private forest landowners nationwide plan and carry out voluntary conservation activities on their…
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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…
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Sally Flis

Nutrien Ag Solutions

Sally Flis is the Senior Manager, Sustainability Field with Nutrien Ag Solutions. In this role, Sally is responsible for engagement of Nutrien Ag Solutions retail business with sustainability initiatives across the United States. Sally…
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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…
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Liz Hunt


Liz is head of sustainable and responsible business at Syngenta. Liz combines practical know-how and visionary partnerships to make sustainability accessible and real. She is here to work with you to bring insights on…
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Richard Lyons

Farmer, SWCD

Dick, a former agriculture instructor for 32 years at Lincoln Land Community College and IL State University, is a cash grain farmer for 50 years in South Central IL.  He plants a two year rotation…

Rob Dongoski

Ernst & Young LLP

Rob leads EY’s Food & Agribusiness sector and focuses on strategy, innovation and M&A for clients in the food, agribusiness and beverage sectors. As EY’s global leader, he is at the forefront of industry…

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…
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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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…

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