Guest Presenters


  • Edmond Bonjour
    Associate Extension Specialist – Stored Products, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

    Edmond received his B.A. degree in Mathematics and Biology from Wartburg College in 1983 and his M.S. degree in Entomology from Oklahoma State University in 1988. He has worked in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at OSU since 1983. In 1990, his research focus changed from squash bugs to researching insect pests of stored grain products. In 2001, he also became the Manager of the Stored Products Research and Education Center at OSU and held that position until April 2010 when he became the Director of the Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Program for three-quarters of his time. For one-fourth of his time he is an extension entomologist with responsibilities in stored products which includes assisting with elevator and fumigation workshops and producing extension publications.

    Presentation title: Stored grain insect biology and behavior affect control strategies
    Presentation schedule: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 – 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM CST.

  • Kevin Bradley
    professor, Plant Sciences and state extension weed specialist, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

    Kevin’s faculty appointment includes extension, teaching and research responsibilities in the area of weed management in corn, soybean and forages. Since his arrival at the University of Missouri in 2003, most of Kevin’s applied research efforts have been focused on the development of integrated programs for the prevention and/or management of herbicide resistance in weeds, specifically waterhemp.

    Presentation title: Electrocuting weeds and grinding up weed seeds: Insight into some non-conventional weed management tools for use in our conventionally minded agricultural systems
    Presentation schedule: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 – 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM CST.

  • Jeff Coulter
    professor and extension specialist of corn-based cropping systems, Agronomy and Plant Genetics, University of Minnesota, St Paul, MN

    Jeff Coulter is a Professor and Extension Specialist of corn-based cropping systems at the University of Minnesota. He has a Ph.D. in crop sciences from the University of Illinois. Dr. Coulter conducts agronomic extension and research to increase the productivity, profitability, and sustainability of corn-based cropping systems. His research program is centered on field research conducted on farms and at university research and outreach centers, and serves as the foundation for educational programs for agricultural professionals and farmers.

    Presentation title: Drought tolerance in corn hybrids is affected by timing of drought stress initiation
    Presentation schedule: Thursday, January 28, 2021 – 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM CST.

  • Fabián Fernández
    associate professor, Soil, Water and Climate, University of Minnesota, St Paul, MN

    Dr. Fabián G. Fernández is an Associate Professor in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He earned his Ph.D. degree from Purdue University and M.S. and B.S. degrees from Brigham Young University. The research and extension education programs of Dr. Fernández focus primarily on crop production and environmental issues related to nutrient management in corn cropping systems. He seeks to identify and implement nitrogen management practices that are sustainable in terms of both minimizing negative environmental impacts and improving crop yields.

    Presentation title: Nitrogen management research and the Minnesota Groundwater Protection Rule
    Presentation schedule: Wednesday, January 6, 2021 – 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM CST.

  • Alan Franzluebbers
    research ecologist, Plant Science Research, USDA-ARS, Raleigh, NC

    Dr. Alan Franzluebbers is a Research Ecologist with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service on the campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh NC. He has more than 30 years of research experience starting with a master’s program in Nebraska, PhD in Texas, post-doctoral position in Alberta Canada, and as a full-time soil scientist in Georgia and now in North Carolina. Research is being conducted on soil ecology and management for development of more sustainable agricultural systems. Soil health methodologies and soil organic carbon sequestration are tools often used to interpret the effects of management on soil resources. Recent areas of research are in multi-species cover cropping, agroforestry, integrated crop- livestock systems, nitrogen management, and conservation-tillage cropping.

    Presentation title: Soil-test biological activity (STBA) indicates soil nitrogen availability
    Presentation schedule: Wednesday, December 16, 2020 – 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM CST.

  • Justin Glisan
    State Climatologist of Iowa, Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship, Des Moines, IA

    Dr. Glisan has an extensive background in atmospheric and climatological research, with expertise in the analysis of extreme temperature and precipitation events. He earned his B.S. (2005) and M.S. (2007) in meteorology at the University of Missouri, where he concentrated on droughts and heat waves. In 2012, he completed his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences at Iowa State University with a research concentration on the dynamical causal mechanisms of precipitation and temperature extremes. While at Iowa State University, his research had a strong academic collaboration across a broad range of federally funded projects. His work experience includes advanced atmospheric research techniques, large data machine learning, and statistical analysis. As State Climatologist of Iowa, his responsibilities include quality control of Iowa weather observations, weekly recommendations to the U.S. Drought Monitor, and weekly and monthly climate summaries for state stakeholders. Iowa weather and climate observations go back to 1872 and represent the history of weather across the state. These observations help tell the story of Iowa agriculture and how resilient and innovative the state’s farmers are and have been. Looking at how trends in precipitation and temperature are changing and applying this climatological analyses through the lens of agriculture is also a very important part of the position. Dr. Glisan advises the Secretary of Agriculture on climatological matters impacting the agricultural sector.

    Presentation title: Climate variability across Iowa and the science of seasonal predictability
    Presentation schedule: Thursday, January 21, 2021 – 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM CST.

  • Robin Pruisner
    state entomologist and ag security coordinator, Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship, Ankeny, IA

    Robin Pruisner was appointed the State Entomologist and Bureau Chief of Entomology and Plant Science in the Consumer Protection Division of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship by Secretary of Agriculture Patty Judge in March of 2003. Pruisner also serves as the Ag Security Coordinator, focused on agricultural emergency management. Pruisner brought an array of experience to the job, varying from a rigid background in environmental regulations in the animal feeding operations program with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, to independent consultant work, as well as post-collegiate education and outreach to certified crop advisors via the Iowa State University Extension Agribusiness Education Program. Pruisner graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Entomology and Pest Management. Oddly enough, she finds corn rootworms intriguing and agricultural policy development downright fascinating. Raised on a family farm in Grundy County, she currently lives in McCallsburg on with her husband and five bee hives.

    Presentation title: A review of Iowa's first year growing hemp: Permits, growing and harvest
    Presentation schedule: Wednesday, January 20, 2021 – 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM CST.

  • Darcy Telenko
    assistant professor, Botany and Plant Pathology and field crop extension pathologist, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

    Dr. Darcy Telenko is an assistant professor and Field Crop Extension Pathologist with the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Purdue University. She has statewide responsibility for Plant Pathology research and Extension in agronomic crops. Her interdisciplinary plant pathology research ( and Extension program (https: // ) is involved in studying the biology and management of soilborne and foliar pathogens. The program is focused on recognizing and understanding new diseases and their potential impact on Indiana agriculture, and quickly and effectively distributing information in the event of a disease threat to Indiana crop production. Dr. Telenko is a native of western New York and received her BS in Biological Sciences at Cornell University, MS in Plant and Soil Science at Southern Illinois University, and PhD in Plant Pathology and Crop Sciences at North Carolina State University. Prior to Purdue, Dr. Telenko was an Extension Vegetable Specialist for the Cornell Vegetable Program at Cornell University, and was a post-doctoral researcher at both the University of Florida and Virginia Tech.

    Presentation title: Tar spot of corn: A new and emerging disease in the Midwest
    Presentation schedule: Tuesday, February 2, 2021 – 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM CST.