Speakers

  Karl Binns, Lead Development Officer, School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences, University of Maryland Eastern Shore; National President, Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS)

Karl Binns currently serves as the Lead Development Officer for the School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore where he oversees corporate/federal partnerships and Alumni Engagement. Mr. Binns is also serving as the National President  for Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) providing national strategic leadership for 2019-2020. Karl is also an International Herrsching Fellow, LEAD Maryland Fellow and External Director for the Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement. On campus, Mr. Binns also provides leadership as World Food Prize- State Coordinator and advisor for the nationally recognized UMES MANRRS Chapter. As founder of both Maryland Junior MANRRS Institute and Maryland World Food Prize Institute,  Mr. Binns has pioneered massive change in Maryland. Karl has been coined the "Premiere 1890 Land-Grant Ambassador " in the nation and is passionate about ensuring all students gain awareness and access to careers in Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources. 

     

  Jack Bobo, CEO, Futurity Jack Bobo is CEO of Futurity, a food industry consulting firm that stands at the intersection of food, technology and design harnessing science, policy, values and communication in support of businesses that are enhancing the healthfulness and sustainability of the global food system. We leverage our insights in food technology, consumer attitudes and consumer trends to deliver meaningful results for our clients. He previously served as SVP and Chief Communications Officer at Intrexon Corporation. In 2015 Jack was named by Scientific American one of the 100 most influential people in biotechnology today. Jack previously served as a senior adviser at the U.S. Department of State. Prior to joining the State Department, Jack practiced law at the Washington, D.C. firm of Crowell & Moring, LLP. His education includes a degree in law, a Masters degree in environmental science, as well as degrees in chemistry, biology and psychology. 
     
  Eric Donovan, Managing Director – Head of FX & Interest Rates, INTL FCStone Financial Inc.

Eric Donovan oversees the Financial Risk Advisory group at INTL FCStone Markets, LLC. He has been a trader in futures, options and OTC instruments across several asset classes including equities, interest rates and commodities. He speaks on macroeconomic trends and the impact of currencies and interest rates on the commodities markets. Eric is frequently quoted by Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and Reuters, and serves as an on-air contributor for Fox Business Network. Prior to joining the firm in 2015, he was the co-founder and managing partner of a proprietary trading firm focused on options markets at the CME and CBOE. His broad expertise ranges from trading strategies to advising corporate clients on debt structuring. He is based in Chicago, travelling routinely throughout the commodity producing regions of the Midwest U.S. and Latin America.

     
  Allen Douglass, Regional Director,INTL FCStone
Allen Douglass is a native of Cass County, Indiana.  He was raised on a small farm there, and graduated from Purdue University with a BS degree in Agricultural Economics in 1987. Allen began his career with Continental Grain in Milwaukee, WI, where he originated Lake export as well as Illinois River and Chicago area processor markets.  He spent 5 years with ADM in their soybean processing division, working in Fredonia, KS and Galesburg, IL. In 1993, Allen went to Countrymark Co-op where he traded the southeastern rail corn and later managed the company’s 250-million-bushel soybean position.  In March of 1997, he moved to Countrymark’s commercial price risk management group.  INTL FCStone recruited Allen to open their Indianapolis operation in June of 2001, and he has been there since. Allen's team of three brokers prices risk management services to commercial grain elevators, large scale grain producers, integrated livestock producers, food producers, and industrial end users.
     
  Geoff Finch, President, Groff North America Hemplex Division

Geoff Finch serves as President of Groff NA’s  Hemplex Division, and in this role is responsible for leading the company that contracts, processes and refines industrial hemp products. Geoff has worked in the Pennsylvania agribusiness community for over 20 years. He has also served the agricultural industry as the President of PennAg Industries Association, and as an executive committee member of the National Grain & Feed Association.  Geoff majored in Biology/Pre-Med at Brown University, and received his MBA from Loyola University MD in 2000.

     
  Dave Hoogmoed, Executive Vice President, Land O'Lakes; President, Purina Animal Nutrition

Dave has 40 years of experience in the feed industry representing the Purina brand and the components of Land O’Lakes’ animal nutrition business. He began his career at Ralston Purina in 1979 and held several sales, general management, officer, and executive officer operating positions as the business evolved to Purina Mills, Inc. then Purina Animal Nutrition. Since 2001, Purina Animal Nutrition has been the consolidated feed and nutrition business of Land O’Lakes, Inc. Prior to his current role, Dave has led the teams focused on livestock, with the dairy, beef, swine and poultry nutrition businesses, as well as lifestyle components (horse, the companion animal and back yard species) and the exotic animal/zoo business. Since 2010, Dave has led the overall business. Dave graduated from Rutgers University with a B.S. in Ag Economics.  He has been active in the industry, serving as Chairman, on the board of directors and currently on the executive board of the National Grain and Feed Association.  Dave also represents both NGFA and Land O’Lakes on the Ag Advisory board of the CME.

     
    Josh Linville, Senior Risk Management Consultant, INTL FCStone Financial

Josh Linville is Senior Risk Management Consultant for INTL FCStone Financial.  Josh grew up on a farm in Northwest Missouri and graduated in 2002 from the University of Missouri – Columbia, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.  He was hired into the fertilizer industry directly out of college and has spent 17 years in various roles primarily focused on the distribution of physical product.  He joined INTL FCStone in the fall of 2018 after working as the General Manager of Trade for Ameropa Australia in Melbourne.  His years of experience in fertilizer sales, trading, and brokering influence his current role of providing unbiased market intelligence to fertilizer retailers, traders, and producer clients.  He is teaching the fertilizer industry how to use paper derivatives to hedge physical inventories and market product to customers later on the curve, much like what was done in the grain markets in the 1980’s.

     
  Seth Meyer, Research Professor, FAPRI, University of Missouri

Seth Meyer, Research Professor, Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri, works with FAPRI on analysis of agricultural and biofuel markets and policy. Dr. Meyer was previously the chairman of the World Agricultural Outlook board (WAOB) at USDA. The WAOB’s primary responsibility is to publish he monthly World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE), which are closely watched by agricultural markets around the world.  Before joining USDA, Mr. Meyer was a part of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) in the Global Perspectives Studies Unit in Rome, Italy.

     
  Jake Moline, Risk Management Consultant, INTL FCStone
Jake Moline is a Risk Management Consultant at INTL FCStone Financial Inc. and is based out of their West Des Moines, IA office. Jake works primarily with commercial hedgers from grain elevators and cooperatives to commercial livestock producers and ethanol plants to manage risk and maximize margins. Jake has become increasingly involved in helping to develop grain origination programs for grain buyers that include a variety of specialty grain contracts. Jake conducts numerous producer meetings each year and has been a speaker at various grain conferences. Prior to joining FCStone full-time in the spring of 2012, Jake attended Iowa State University where he received Bachelor of Science degrees in Agricultural Business and Economics.
     
  Michael Nepveux, Economist, American Farm Bureau Federation

Michael Nepveux serves as an Economist at the American Farm Bureau Federation. His issue portfolio consists of livestock and dairy markets, farm bill and federal crop insurance, renewable fuels, biotechnology, agricultural data issues, and endangered species issues. Nepveux joined the American Farm Bureau Federation as an economist in May of 2018. He comes to AFBF from Informa Economics’ Agribusiness Consulting Group, where he was a consultant charged with conducting market, policy and economic research and analysis in several fields including agriculture, agricultural risk management, transportation and renewable energy. His prior experience also includes placements with the Agriculture Department’s Foreign Agricultural Service and the House Agriculture Committee. Nepveux earned a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness and economics and a master’s degree in agricultural economics, both from Texas A&M University.

     
  Michele Payn, Principal, Cause Matters Corp.
Michele Payn, CSP, connects the people and science of food and farming as principal of Cause Matters Corp. She is known for being a community catalyst, a passionate advocate for global agriculture - and antagonizing people into action. Michele has worked with farmers in more than 25 countries, raised over $5 million in sponsorships for the National FFA Foundation and founded AgChat and FoodChat on Twitter. She is the author of three books: Food Bullying(November 2019); Food Truths from Farm to Table, an IPPY bronze medal winner; and No More Food Fights! Michele's degrees are in Agricultural Communications and Animal Science from Michigan State University. She has earned the Certified Speaking Professional designation, awarded to less than 10% of professional speakers globally. She resides with her 'city slicker' husband and cow-loving daughter on a small farm in central Indiana. She enjoys Registered Holsteins, the MSU Spartans, and making memories with friends  around the table. Michele connects conversations around the food plate at www.causematters.com and socially through @mpaynspeaker. 
     
    Megan Weidner, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, Bunge North America, Inc.

Megan Weidner joined Bunge North America in 2015 as the vice president, corporate responsibility and sustainability. Megan is active in the industry with organizations such as Field to Market, National Black Growers Council, and MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences); participates on the Sustainable Feed Taskforce and the USA Rice Sustainability Committee and serves on the Board of Directors for Agriculture Future of America. Megan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri - Columbia in soil, environmental, and atmospheric science, a Graduate Certificate in advanced studies in environmental policy and management from the University of Denver and a leadership certificate from Washington University in St. Louis. Megan is a native of northeast Ohio and currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri.