Conference Presenters

pre-conference, june 8 & 9

Tina Barrett

Tina Barrett
I am originally from Hordville, Nebraska (North of the Interstate between York and Aurora) where I grew up on a family farm. The operation consists of mostly irrigated corn and soybeans. I certainly learned a lot about the diversity of agriculture when I married a Panhandle native where farming is so much different than where I grew up!

I graduated from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in May of 1999 with a degree in Agriculture Economics and an emphasis in Farm and Ranch Management. I started as a consultant with Nebraska Farm Business after graduation and have also been the executive director since 2002. I thoroughly enjoy working with clients all across the state helping to solve their financial needs and best manage their tax liabilities.

My husband, Anthony and I, have been married since 1998 and have four very active girls, Taylor, Natalie, Carly, and Anna at home.

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Dwight Raab

Dwight Raab
I was born in south Texas and grew up in small town rural central Indiana near Lafayette. I have the privilege of assisting with the oversight of the farm recordkeeping and management analysis program conducted by our nine farm management associations as outlined by the State Board of Illinois FBFM in cooperation with the Agricultural and Consumer Economics Department at the University of Illinois.

I graduated from Purdue University in 1983 with a degree in Agricultural Economics. After a short career with the Asgrow Seed Company, I started as a fieldman with Illinois FBFM in November of 1987 and have served as the State Coordinator since May 2008.

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monday, june 10

Roger McEowen

Roger McEowen
Roger McEowen is the Leonard Dolezal Professor in Agricultural Law in the Department of Agricultural Education and Studies and Director of the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation at Iowa State University. He is a member of the Iowa and Kansas Bar Associations and is licensed to practice in Nebraska. He is widely published in law reviews and in other agricultural law publications and conducts agricultural tax and law seminars across the country.

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Kevin Dhuyvetter

Kevin Dhuyvetter
Kevin Dhuyvetter assists producers and agribusinesses with risk and return assessment associated with crop and livestock production and marketing. He also works extensively with land-related issues such as buying and leasing land.

Current research and extension efforts are looking at the profitability of precision agriculture technologies, analyzing factors affecting feeder cattle prices and basis, irrigation and machinery economics, economics of no-tillage, economics of alternative dairy production systems, and the costs associated with animal identification/traceability systems.

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Barry Ward

Barry Ward
As Leader, Production Business Management, Barry Ward provides leadership for Departmental and OSU Extension programs that provide managers of agricultural production businesses with tools, information, and analysis to manage their firms. He leads the department’s development of production business management programs and enterprise budgets, delivers educational programs for Extension educators and industry clientele, and conducts applied research and trains extension staff related to his programs.

Ward joined the department in 2005 after 13 years as a county agent and educator with OSU Extension. Much of his educational program at the county level involved Farm Management and Marketing with emphasis on grain marketing; computerized farm record keeping; farm financial analysis; and grain production, management, and marketing.

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William Edwards

William Edwards
William Edwards is a Professor of Economics and Extension Economist at Iowa State University. He specializes in farm management topics such as farm leasing arrangements, machinery economics, farm financial management, and risk management. He has authored over 100 extension bulletins and decision aids and a popular textbook, Farm Management (McGraw-Hill). He also teaches undergraduate courses in farm business management and agricultural finance.

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tuesday, june 11

Brad Lubben

Brad Lubben
Brad Lubben is an Extension Assistant Professor, Policy Specialist, and Director of the North Central Risk Management Education Center in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has more than 20 years experience as an Extension agricultural economist, serving in Illinois and Kansas before returning in 2005 to Nebraska, where he grew up on a grain and livestock farm near Burr, southeast of Lincoln. Brad holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in agricultural economics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Ph.D. from Kansas State University.

Lubben is involved in teaching, research, and extension activities, focusing on agricultural and public policy issues ranging from federal farm programs and risk management to conservation programs to food, trade, energy, and environmental policy.

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Art Barnaby

Art Barnaby
Dr. Art Barnaby was raised on a diversified farm, located in Elk County, Kansas.

Art received his B.S. degree from Fort Hays State University, M.S. from New Mexico State University and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University. Art joined the Agricultural Economics faculty in 1979. He currently holds the rank of Professor.

Art conducts statewide extension education programs on financial planning, risk, government commodity programs, and crop insurance. Art is an author on the KSU Risk Management WEB page located at: www.agmanager.info.

He is an author on several research projects that cover alternative crop insurance designs and their impacts on farmers. His research work with the private sector was the basis for the first revenue insurance contract, Crop Revenue Coverage that has been renamed Revenue Protection. Art has also worked with the private crop insurance industry, RMA, and Farmer Commodity groups on crop insurance issues.

Art is a past winner of the Excellence in Extension Award that included a $5,000 honorarium presented by the National Association of Public and Land Grant Universities. He is also a past three time winner of the American Agricultural Economics Association Distinguished Extension Program Award.

Art is a frequent speaker at professional, farmer-producer, ag lender, and insurance industry meetings. Art's wife, Nancy, holds a B.S. degree from Fort Hays State University in Nursing. Art and Nancy have two sons and two granddaughters.

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Don Borgman

Don Borgman
Don Borgman is the Director, Agricultural Industry Relations for John Deere's North American operations. He started his career with Deere in 1974 after graduating from the University of Missouri where he studied Agricultural Economics and Journalism.

He has held various product support, sales and marketing positions during his career. He also grows corn and soybeans on a Century Farm in West Central Missouri, belongs to the NCGA, ASA and the Missouri Farm Bureau, serves on the Board of Directors of several businesses and farm organizations, and has been involved in the promotion and expansion of agricultural products usage since the late 1970s.

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thursday, june 13

Brian Briggeman

Brian Briggeman
Brian C. Briggeman joined the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University in July 2011 as an Associate Professor and Director of the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center. His research interests include agricultural finance, agribusiness and cooperative management and macroeconomic implications for U.S. agriculture. Brian has received competitive grant funding for his research, which has been published in many leading academic and trade press journals. He also provides expert commentary on agricultural and rural related issues to local and national audiences. During the spring semester, Brian teaches agricultural finance to undergraduates.

Prior to joining Kansas State University, Brian was an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City where he conducted research and presented agricultural and regional issues to the community, media and Bank senior officials. He holds a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness from Kansas State University, an M.S. degree in agricultural economics from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. degree in agricultural economics from Purdue University.

Brian and his wife, Sarah, live in Manhattan, Kansas with their two boys. He is originally from Iuka, Kansas where his parents own and operate the family farm.

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Allen Featherstone

Allen Featherstone
The department’s graduate program has experienced strong growth under the direction of Allen Featherstone. He guided the development of the Master in Agribusiness degree. His research program has resulted in more than 100 articles published in peer-reviewed journals.

As a leading agriculture finance scholar, Featherstone has assisted the industry on mergers, loan loss severity, the influence of taxes on farm land, and alternative federal tax systems.

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