Speakers

  • Fernando Bortolozzo

    Fernando Bortolozzo
    professor, Animal Medicine, UFRGS, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

    Fernando Pandolfo Bortolozzo is graduated in Veterinary Medicine by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS – 1983-1987) and doctor in Physiopathology of Animal Reproduction by TiHo-Hannover (1988-1992). Currently Dr. Bortolozzo is a Titular Professor (Full Professor) at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (from 1994 – today). Dr. Bortolozzo focus his research on swine reproduction and management with a group of approximately 30 undergraduate and graduate students.

    Presentation title: Breeding herd mortality: Opportunities for measurable impact
    Concurrent session C – Improving pig livability
    Thursday, June 30, 2022, 2:10 PM


  • Ryan Brook

    Ryan Brook
    associate professor, Animal and Poultry Science, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK

    Ryan is an associate professor at the University of Saskatchewan, and oversees the wild boar project. Ryan obtained a BSc in Zoology, Masters of Natural Resource Management, and PhD in Environment and Geography all from the University of Manitoba. He then completed a PDF in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary. His research interests lie in wildlife ecology and health, aboriginal community engagement and traditional ecological knowledge, farmer knowledge about wildlife, youth engagement in science, and management of the wildlife-livestock interface. Read more at https://agbio.usask. ca/faculty-and-staff/people-pages/ryan-brook.php

    Presentation title: Wild boar populations
    Plenary session
    Thursday, June 30, 2022, 9:30 AM


  • David Brown

    David Brown
    behavioral health state specialist, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Ames, IA

    Dr. David N. Brown is a licensed marital and family therapist in the State of Iowa and a clinical fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He currently serves as the Behavioral Health State Specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach (ISUEO). His key program and grant emphases are farm stress management, mental health outreach, mental health literacy, and suicide prevention.

    Presentation title: Nurturing resiliency in ourselves and at the worksite
    Concurrent session B – The evolving labor force
    Thursday, June 30, 2022, 3:50 PM


  • Justin Brown

    Justin Brown
    assistant teaching professor, Swine Medicine Education Center, VDPAM, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

    Dr. Justin Brown is an Assistant Teaching Professor at Iowa State University in the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine Department. Dr. Brown earned his DVM in 2016 from the University of Georgia. Dr. Brown joined the ISU faculty in 2019 following his time as a post-doctoral research associate with the Swine Medicine Education Center. Dr. Brown teaches swine medicine topics in both the undergraduate and professional curriculums, serves as the lead veterinarian for the ISU swine farms, and conducts research focused on collaborative, applied projects in swine production medicine, disease ecology, and foreign animal disease preparedness and response.

    Presentation title: Individual sow care to improve on farm mortality
    Concurrent session C – Improving pig livability
    Thursday, June 30, 2022, 1:30 PM


  • Kate Dion

    Kate Dion
    graduate student, veterinary medicine, Iowa State University, Webster City, IA

    Dr. Kate Dion received her DVM from Iowa State University in 2011. After graduation she joined the HANOR Company as a Veterinarian and Animal Well-Being/Quality Assurance Manager. Her responsibilities include heath management, overseeing the Hanor Animal Well-being and Quality Assurance program, Hanor Diagnostic Lab, and the Hanor health research program. She completed the Executive Veterinary Program in Swine Health Management at the University of Illinois in 2016 and is currently pursuing a PhD in Population Sciences in Animal Health at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

    Presentation title: Understanding lateral disease introduction dynamics during the wean to market phase and biosecurity implications
    Concurrent session A – Foreign animal disease in Iowa
    Thursday, June 30, 2022, 2:10 PM


  • Russ Euken

    Russ Euken
    extension livestock specialist, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Garner, IA

    Over a 40+ year career in Extension, Russ has focused on providing reliable production information related to nutrition, facilities, health, records, and budgeting to livestock producers to improve profitability. He has also helped develop several computer applications for livestock production.

    Presentation title: Decision tools for improving mortality
    Concurrent session C – Improving pig livability
    Thursday, June 30, 2022, 3:50 PM


  • Nick Gabler

    Nick Gabler
    professor, Animal Science, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

    Dr. Gabler’s research program can be divided into four areas: (1) Understanding the physiology and molecular pathways that define feed efficiency differences in swine; (2) Gastrointestinal physiology (integrity and function) of swine; (3) Using the pig as a biomedical model or dual purpose research (livestock and human application); and (4) Understanding the impact of disease and poor health on metabolism, nutrient requirements, feed intake and tissue accretion.

    Presentation title: How to best utilize feed on hand during a feed movement standstill
    Concurrent session D – Iowa State University research
    Thursday, June 30, 2022, 3:50 PM


  • Derald Holtkamp

    Derald Holtkamp
    professor, Vet Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

    Dr. Derald Holtkamp is a Professor in the Department of Veterinary Diagnostics and Production Animal Medicine (VDPAM) in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University (Ames, Iowa, U.S.). He received his DVM, MS in Agricultural Economics, and B.S. in Agricultural Business with a minor in statistics, all from Iowa State University. Prior to joining Iowa State, he was a private veterinary consultant. He has also served as a technical services veterinarian for ADViSYS Inc., Vice President of Swine Applications for MetaFarms Inc., Director of Pork Development for E-Markets, Inc., and veterinarian and service manager for Smithfield Foods in Warsaw, North Carolina. Dr. Holtkamp’s research focuses on managing infectious swine diseases, biosecurity, disease risk assessment, and the economics of animal health and disease. He has authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications, is a frequent speaker in the U.S. and internationally with over 240 invited presentations, and has mentored over 260 professional and graduate students.

    Presentation title: Update on the APP serotype 15 outbreak in central Iowa
    Concurrent session D – Iowa State University research
    Thursday, June 30, 2022, 1:30 PM


  • Terry Houser

    Terry Houser
    Smithfield Chair in Meat Science Extension, Animal Science, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

    Presentation title: Foodservice bacon quality: Current and future research
    Concurrent session D – Iowa State University research
    Thursday, June 30, 2022, 3:10 PM


  • Jeff Kaisand

    Jeff Kaisand
    state veterinarian, Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship, Des Moines, IA

    Dr. Jeff Kaisand serves as the State Veterinarian at the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. He joined the Department in 2013 and served as the Assistant State Veterinarian for six years before he was appointed the State Vet. Dr. Kaisand works with federal, state and industry partners to protect the health of Iowa’s livestock industry and develop foreign animal disease response plans. Dr. Kaisand earned his bachelor’s degree in Animal Science at Iowa State University in 1989 and graduated from the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993.

    Presentation title: State of the state and preparedness/prevention of an FAD in Iowa
    Concurrent session A – Foreign animal disease in Iowa
    Thursday, June 30, 2022, 3:50 PM


  • Aileen Keating

    Aileen Keating
    professor, Animal Science, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

    Presentation title: Fertility effects of chemical exposures
    Concurrent session D – Iowa State University research
    Thursday, June 30, 2022, 2:10 PM


  • Max Klepper

    Max Klepper
    farm manager, Iowa Select Farms, Iowa Falls, IA

    I'm currently the manager of a 7,500 head sow farm at Iowa Select Farms. I've managed farms ranging from 4,200 to 7,500 sows while leading a team of 18 employees. Prior to Iowa Select Farms I attended Iowa State University and worked in several research facilities within the university. I've had the pleasure of working with various species of animals including companion and production/livestock. I have also had the opportunity to take part in research with the USDA and Mayo Clinic Cardiovascular laboratory.

    Presentation title: Creating successful teams and cultures on a sow farm
    Concurrent session B – The evolving labor force
    Thursday, June 30, 2022, 3:10 PM


  • John Lawrence

    John Lawrence
    Vice President for Extension and Outreach, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

    As Iowa State University Vice President for Extension and Outreach, John Lawrence leads about 1,200 faculty and staff who support what Iowans value: a strong Iowa. ISU Extension and Outreach engages all Iowans in research, education, and extension experiences to address real-life challenges and prepare for a thriving future. V ice President Lawrence works across the university to provide programs that share information and technology to educate and innovate. He provides advice and counsel to the Provost and the President on ISU Extension and Outreach issues, and he also is the Director of Cooperative Extension for Iowa State University. V ice President Lawrence is a professor of economics and has served Iowa State University in many roles since 1991. He was raised on a crop and livestock farm in southwest Iowa, and he truly believes in engaging Iowans and building partnerships for a strong Iowa.

    Presentation title: Welcome
    Plenary session
    Thursday, June 30, 2022, 8:30 AM


  • Christine Mainquist-Whigham

    Christine Mainquist-Whigham
    Director of Health, Pillen Family Farms, Columbus, NE

    Christine Mainquist-Whigham is a veterinarian with Pillen Family Farms and DNA Genetics. She serves as health director for their 70,000 commercial sows and the downstream nursery and finish system as well as the DNA Genetics nucleus herds. A native of Stanton, Iowa, Christine developed a passion for agriculture and animal health growing up with her family's cow/calf and farming operation. She earned a BS in biochemistry and molecular biology from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2012 with the intent to pursue veterinary medicine. She received her DVM and MS in veterinary preventive medicine from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. Christine resides in Columbus, NE with her husband, Alex and their son, Callum.

    Presentation title: Improving whole-system livability: "Elimination diet" approach
    Concurrent session C – Improving pig livability
    Thursday, June 30, 2022, 3:10 PM


  • Kent Mogler

    Kent Mogler
    Consulting CFO, Ken Mogler, Mendota Heights, MN

    Kent grew up on a livestock and crop production farm in NW Iowa. He is a 1981 ISU alumni with a degree in Economics and Ag Business. The major part of his career was at General Mills in quite a number of organizations, including logistics, Information Technology, International & at the Research & Development center, though his favorite was North America Manufacturing & Supply Chain, where he spent about one-third of his 26 year career. The entrepreneurship of his farming background never left him and in 2007 joined a small meat processing company as the COO. Since 2015, Kent has directed much of his time and talents to financial and system improvements within production agriculture. His passion is to enable front-line employees in production agriculture to experience the same successes he experienced at General Mills. Currently, Kent is focused on fully implementing an ERP systems approach for multi-enterprise production agriculture. His team leverages a standard ERP system but is customizing the front-end data acquisition and back-end reporting with the primary focus being empowering front-line employees and allow them to see their success every day with meaningful scoreboards. Along with enjoying time with his family and faith community, Kent serves on the board of a Deaf School in Jamaica. He is a mentor to their senior accountant and admin team. He is working on learning Jamaica Sign language to communicate with students and staff in their first language.

    Presentation title: Engaging frontline employees with your IT strategy
    Concurrent session B – The evolving labor force
    Thursday, June 30, 2022, 1:30 PM


  • Chris Rademacher

    Chris Rademacher
    clinical professor, Veterinary Medicine and associate director, Iowa Pork Industry Center, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

    Dr. Chris Rademacher is a Clinical Professor and ISU Swine Extension Veterinarian in the Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine (VDPAM) department at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Rademacher is also Associate Director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University. Dr. Rademacher received his Bachelor of Science and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota in 1998. Following graduation, he joined New Fashion Pork as Director of Health Services. In 2009 he joined Smithfield Food as the Director of Production Improvement. In December, 2014 he accepted the position of Swine Extension Veterinarian at Iowa State University.

    Presentation title: Next step in FAD preparedness: How to integrate available resources
    Concurrent session A – Foreign animal disease in Iowa
    Thursday, June 30, 2022, 3:10 PM


  • Lee Schulz

    Lee Schulz
    associate professor, Economics, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

    Lee Schulz is an associate professor in the Department of Economics at Iowa State University and serves as the statewide extension specialist on livestock economics and markets. His areas of focus are in marketing, price analysis, and risk management for the cattle and pork industries.

    Presentation title: Decision tools for improving mortality
    Concurrent session C – Improving pig livability
    Thursday, June 30, 2022, 3:50 PM


  • Jack Shere

    Jack Shere
    associate administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA, Washington, D.C.

    Dr. Jack Shere was appointed Associate Administrator of the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) in August 2019. Dr. Shere concentrates on emergency preparedness and planning, as well as homeland and national security issues, with a special focus on the emerging African swine fever threat. He has extensive experience with animal disease outbreaks, including salmonella enteritidis, foot-and-mouth disease in England, low pathogenic avian influenza, exotic Newcastle disease (END), and highly pathogenic avian influenza. Dr. Shere received a bachelor of science in biology and chemistry, a doctor of veterinary medicine, and a master of science in education with a minor in counseling– all from Iowa State University. He received Ph.D.’s in poultry science and microbiology from the University of Wisconsin.

    Presentation title: National foreign animal disease (FAD) update
    Concurrent session A – Foreign animal disease in Iowa
    Thursday, June 30, 2022, 1:30 PM


  • Caleb Shull

    Caleb Shull
    director, research and development, The Maschhoffs LLC, Newton, IL

    Caleb Shull is the Director of Research and Development with the Maschhoffs, LLC. Caleb has spent 9 years providing leadership to an applied swine research program that conducts around 25 studies annually, with cutting edge research in the areas of nutrition, health, genetics, and management. He has contributed to over 40 peer reviewed publications and several popular press articles. Caleb received a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Finance, a Master of Science in Animal Sciences and a Doctor of Philosophy in Animal Sciences from the University of Illinois.

    Presentation title: Technology adoption challenges and opportunities
    Concurrent session B – The evolving labor force
    Thursday, June 30, 2022, 2:10 PM


  • Karl Skold

    Karl Skold
    Head of Agricultural Economics, JBS USA, Greeley, CO

    Karl Skold is head of agricultural economics for JBS USA. As part of the risk group, he works to provide assessments of the protein and feed supply and demand outlooks. He received his M.S. and PhD. in agricultural econonics from Iowa State and was born in Ames.

    Presentation title: Global market dynamics and impact on US pork production
    Plenary session
    Thursday, June 30, 2022, 10:45 AM


  • Aaron Thomas

    Aaron Thomas
    high school principal and coach, Aplington-Parkersburg High School, Parkersburg, IA

    Aaron Thomas is from Parkersburg, IA. He is a High School Principal, Basketball Coach, a devoted husband and a father of three boys. Aaron has a unique story that will help you identify opportunities throughout your own life. He will then challenge you to reexamine your commitment to your career, your family, and your overall outlook on life. Aaron and his family received the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at the 2010 ESPYs.

    Presentation title: Opportunities and platforms: Overcoming adversity
    Plenary session
    Thursday, June 30, 2022, 8:45 AM


  • Peter Zeihan

    Peter Zeihan
    geopolitical strategist, Zeihan on Geopolitics, Austin, TX

    Peter Zeihan is a geopolitical strategist, which is a fancy way of saying he helps people understand how the world works. Peter combines an expert understanding of demography, economics, energy, politics, technology, and security to help clients best prepare for an uncertain future. Over the course of his career, Peter has worked for the US State Department in Australia, the DC think tank community, and helped develop the analytical models for Stratfor, one of the world’s premier private intelligence companies. Peter founded his own firm — Zeihan on Geopolitics — in 2012 in order to provide a select group of clients with direct, custom analytical products. Today those clients represent a vast array of sectors including energy majors, financial institutions, business associations, agricultural interests, universities and the U.S. military. With a keen eye toward what will drive tomorrow’s headlines, his irreverent approach transforms topics that are normally dense and heavy into accessible, relevant takeaways for audiences of all types. Peter is a critically-acclaimed author whose first two books — The Accidental Superpower and The Absent Superpower have been recommended by Mitt Romney, Fareed Zakaria and Ian Bremmer. His latest third title, Disunited Nations: The Scramble for Power in an Ungoverned World became available in March 2020. Peter’s fourth book, The End of the World is Just the Beginning: Mapping the Collapse of Globalization, becomes available in June 2022.

    Presentation title: Geopolitical and other global influences and game-changers affecting US agriculture
    Plenary session
    Thursday, June 30, 2022, 11:30 AM