OUR SPEAKERS

Angela Anderson

Starbucks Coffee Company

Angela currently leads the company’s team in advancing progress on Starbucks’ planet positive aspiration for a sustainable dairy supply. She supports the work of the team, aiming to accelerate, demonstrate, and inspire meaningful changes in environment, farmer and worker welfare, and animal welfare with dairy farms and suppliers. Prior to Starbucks, Angela was Vice President of Customer Outreach with the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy serving as the liaison to retail, foodservice and CPG brands for U.S. dairy’s social responsibility and regenerative agriculture initiatives, striving to develop long-term, positive relationships that create impactful social and environmental change. Before her role in the dairy industry, Angela was at the National Pork Board for nearly five years in a similar capacity.
As a sustainability leader and relationship manager, Angela is focused on finding shared values and opportunities for collaboration and partnership throughout the agriculture value chain and has done so for more than 15 years. Her leadership approach is authentic and fearless, focused on diverse perspectives and a whole systems approach to drive change coupled with a deep knowledge of agricultural practices. 
Angela starts almost every morning in a Starbucks store, exploring drinks suggested by the retail partners. Her go-to order is a grande americano with vanilla and a splash of heavy cream.

 

Dan Basse
AgResource Company

Daniel Basse is President of AgResource Company. AgResource Co. is a domestic and international agricultural research firm located in Chicago. Mr Basse is an economist that has been in the commodity business since 1979. Raised on a dairy/grain farm in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Mr Basse has a keen sense of production agriculture. Mr Basse graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has worked with  Professional Farmers of  America, Brock Associates and the ag research division  of GNP Commodities in Chicago. In 1987, Mr Basse founded AgResource Company to  serve the market research needs of the world agricultural community. Mr Basse holds  global conferences on agriculture in Switzerland and Brazil and is Vice Chairman of the US Farm Foundation.

Thomas Borch

Colorado State University

After completing  his graduate (M.Sc.) work with Drs. Bo Svensmark and Christian Grøn in the Chemistry Department at the University of Copenhagen, Borch began his doctoral studies (Ph.D.) under the direction of Dr. William P. Inskeep at Montana State University in affiliation with the Center for Biofilm Engineering. Following graduate studies, he began a Postdoctoral Scientist position in the Soil and Environmental Biogeochemistry group at Stanford University with Dr. Scott Fendorf. He spent four great years in Montana and two remarkable years at Stanford University (2000-2005) and could not have asked for more enjoyable work environments. The opportunity to join the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Colorado State University was compelling. So, in August of 2005 he joined the faculty here to initiate a program in Environmental Water and Soil Chemistry.

Lori Captain
Dairy Management Inc.

Lori Captain serves as executive vice president of global sustainability strategy, science and industry affairs for Dairy Management Inc. (DMI). Captain joined DMI in July of 2022 after serving more than 20 years working at Corteva Agriscience and its predecessor DuPont, most recently as chief of staff, external affairs and counsel to the CEO. She also has worked at Syngenta and has significant experience in sustainability, corporate communications, media relations, policy, and executive and stakeholder engagement. Her responsibilities for DMI include applying her global business experience to advance U.S. dairy’s vision, guiding environmental science and proof-building, and enabling and aligning broad industry support and engagement for the 2050 Environmental Stewardship Goals.

Casey Dugan

Desperado Dairy

Casey Dugan is the owner of Desperado Dairy in Casa Grande, AZ. He is a third generation Dairy farmer, his family moved from Wisconsin to Chandler in the 1960’s cementing their roots in Arizona. Having been raised on the farm and learning at a very young age the ins and outs of dairy farming, it became a natural fit for him to now to be running his own 1,000 cow dairy that is milked three times a day. Having graduated from Casa Grande Union High School, Casey stays a proud supporter of their Future Farmers of America program (FFA) and the county fair.

He has graduated from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor’s degree in Business. Casey is currently a delegate for Genex, and has held that position since 2014. He also holds a board position with D.H.I.A (Dairy Heard Improvement Association) since 2016. He is also co-owner to Dugan Brothers LLC., which harvests corn, alfalfa, and sorghum for other Pinal County farmers. Casey is a partner in Dugan Feeds LLC which distributes feed rations to local dairy farms. He continues his passion for livestock as he raises cross-breed steers at his home.

Emily Johannes
Nestle, USA

Emily Johannes is head of Diverse and Sustainable Sourcing for Nestlé USA. She leads the U.S. food and beverage sourcing strategy in support of Nestlé’s global and regional sustainability and animal care commitments.

She is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Nestlé Responsible Sourcing Standard and expanding diversity within Nestlé’s supply-chain. Her role collaborates on projects with suppliers, farmers, non-governmental organizations, and stakeholders in the US on topics of climate action, animal welfare, and social responsibility.

She has worked for 20 years implementing environmental/sustainability strategies, measuring and reporting metrics, driving responsible sourcing programs, and developing verification schemes.

Emily received her Masters of Science in Ecology from the University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA) and her Bachelor of Arts in Zoology from Miami University (Oxford, OH). She is currently pursuing post-graduate education in Food Marketing from St. Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, PA). Emily and her husband, Paul, enjoy spending time bike riding and playing with Quill, their chocolate lab.

Mary Ledman
 Rabobank

Mary is a thought leader who has extensive knowledge of domestic and international dairy markets and policy and over thirty years of experience in production agriculture, food processing, government service, agricultural policy, dairy risk management, market information and dissemination, and milk and dairy product price forecasting. Prior to Rabobank, Mary held positions at the USDA, Kraft Foods, and Stella. She later founded Keough Ledman Associates, an economic consulting firm serving the dairy industry since 1995. Mary holds a Bachelor of Science in agricultural journalism and a Master of Science degree in agricultural economics from Texas A&M University. Early in her career, she was awarded a Fulbright-Hayes Scholarship to conduct comparative research on US and European dairy policies.

David Ledgerwood

Chr. Hansen

In 2007 David graduated with an M.S. degree in Animal Biology from UC Davis focusing on ruminant nutrition. Upon graduation, he worked as a lab and research program man­ager in the field of animal behavior/welfare on the UC Davis Campus performing various research trials focused on improving cow comfort. From 2011 to 2018, David was a dairy cattle nutritionist with Western Milling where he worked closely with dairy producers on practical nutritional solutions focusing on profitability and feed efficiency. In March, 2019, David joined Chr. Hansen as a Technical Service Manager, residing in Visalia, California.

Tyne Morgan

U.S. Farm Report

Tyne Morgan, host of “U.S. Farm Report,” is doing what she calls her dream job. She is a Missouri girl who has generations of agriculture rooted in her blood. Born and raised in Lexington, Mo., FFA was a big part of her childhood. Through public speaking and various contest teams, she plunged into broadcast at the young age of 16. While in high school, she worked at KMZU radio providing the daily farm market updates, as well as local, state and national agriculture news. Although Tyne always knew she wanted to go into TV, it was then she discovered farm broadcasting was her calling. Tyne attended the University of Missouri–Columbia, where she majored in agriculture journalism with an emphasis in broadcast. During her college years, she was a farm broadcast intern for Brownfield Ag News and was the 2006 Missouri State Fair Queen.

Mike North
ever.ag

Mike grew up on his family’s dairy farm in southeastern Wisconsin. His lifelong interest in agriculture production led him to the University of Wisconsin – Platteville, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agribusiness with a minor in Dairy Science. While still a student, Mike served a one-year term as a Wisconsin State FFA Officer. Mike began his work in the futures industry in 1995 as an intern with a local brokerage company researching the technical and fundamental dynamics of commodity market history and current price trends. After nearly two decades in the business, Mike founded Commodity Risk Management Group (CRMG) in 2014. In 2019, CRMG merged with Rice Dairy to form Ever.ag, a company that has recently merged with Dairy.com. The growing company provides a suite of marketing and risk management services for producer, processor, and end user clients across its brokerage, insurance, advisory, and technology platforms while producing high-level unbiased research and education to help those clients make better decisions. 

Jimmy Tosh
CEO, Tosh Farms

Jimmy Tosh is the owner and CEO of Tosh Farms, Tosh Pork, LLC, and Bacon By Gosh, Inc. He is a lifelong resident of Henry County, Tennessee. He developed an interest in agriculture at a young age, following in his father’s footsteps. After graduating from Henry High School, he attended the University of Tennessee at Martin and received his BS in Animal Science in 1972. After graduating, he returned home and took over the family business. Since that time, he has worked hard to expand the business from a farm of 316 acres with a small feeder pig finishing unit to the 24th largest swine operation in the United States. Jimmy is devoted to his profession and the Henry community which is evident by his involvement in many community activities including the local fair, Tennessee Pork Producers Association, Soybean Association, Corn Growers Association, Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Relay for Life, and others. Jimmy has been married to his wife Alonna for 36 years and together they have two sons, Jamey and Jonathan, both of whom are involved in the business.

Jimmy was honored to have been named the Star Farmer of West Tennessee in his FFA days. He was also selected as the Regional Farmer of the Year and the Southeast Farmer of the Year in 1998.

Juan Quezaza

Milk Source

Juan has worked in every position within a stable since 1980. He has been in stables in Texas, New Mexico, California and Wisconsin and worked as a consultant in stables in Europe including Denmark, Sweden, Spain, Finland, Slovakia, Holland, Germany and Mexico. Juan also has been the Director of Employee Safety at Milk Source for 10 years and been with the company for 24 years.

Alex Weber
American Ninja Warrior, Award Winning Leader & Entertainer

Alex Weber is an American Ninja Warrior, Award-Winning Leader & Entertainer positively inspiring millions to achieve breakthrough success! Not only does Alex talk the talk as an in-demand international speaker, he’s walked the walk as an elite competitor on NBC’s Emmy-nominated series American Ninja Warrior. Well, more like, leaped the leap! This wildly popular TV show has sparked a global phenomenon to the extent that hundreds of thousands of people apply, and only a few hundred are given the rare opportunity to compete. Alex is the only person to host and compete on NBC American Ninja Warrior. Alex’s greatest passion is championing your highest potential by helping you find your Edge, because success is about more than just knowing what to do, it’s knowing how to do it. Alex shows Top Professionals and Leaders how to bring their very best everyday, and to the most high-stakes situations that can make or break your success. It's his sincere understanding of peak performance and peak challenges, mixed with inspiring stories and actionable strategies that makes Alex unforgettable and your human shot of espresso. With his contagious energy and passion, Alex shares his game-changing secrets to record-breaking success!

Jim Wiesemeyer
Pro Farmer & Farm Journal

From his office near Washington, D.C., Jim Wiesemeyer contributes daily to Pro Farmer’s website, providing members with the latest information on agricultural policy and trade developments. He also is a twice-weekly participant in Farm Journal’s “AgriTalk” radio program and serves as a Washington analyst for Pro Farmer and Farm Journal. Since 1978, Jim has frequently reported on and interviewed senior government officials, including former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter, as well as USDA secretaries since Earl Butz. Jim has traveled extensively in his assignments and is a frequent speaker on farm policy and trade issues. He rejoined Pro Farmer in June of 2018, after serving as their Washington consultant for 19 years while at Informa Economics and before that an employee of Pro Farmer. Jim is one of the writers for the Agriculture Letter, formerly the Kiplinger Ag Letter. Prior to Pro Farmer, he was a Washington editor with Doane's Agricultural Report and Washington editor and managing editor of the Washington Farmletter.