2018 Speakers

Pre-Conference Symposium Speakers:

Crystal Levesque, PhD
Assistant Professor - Monogastric Nutrition
Department of Animal Science
South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD

David Kee, PhD
Director of Research
Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, Mankato, MN

Aaron Lorenz, PhD
Associate Professor - Soybean Breeding & Genetics
Department of Agronomy & Plant Genetics
University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

Seth Naeve, PhD
Associate Professor / Soybean Agronomist
Department of Agronomy & Plant Genetics
University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

Kim Nill
Director of Market Development
Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, Mankato, MN

Sally Noll, PhD
Professor - Turkey Nutrition
Department of Animal Science
University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

Tom Slunecka
Chief Executive Officer
Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, Mankato, MN

Mike Youngerberg
Senior Director of Product Development & Commercialization
Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, Mankato, MN

General Session Speakers:

 Leon Sheets 
Sustainability Officer
US Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA)

Robert Saik
Professional Agrologist & Certified Agricultural Consultant
Founder / Global Business Development AGRI-TREND® Inc
Saik Management Group, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
- Keynote Speaker - Sponsored by Nutriad

Joseph Smentek, JD, LLM
Director of Public Affairs
Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, Mankato, MN

Eric Williams
Law Partner, Patent Attorney
Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Indianapolis, IN

Ruminant Session Speakers:

John Arthington, PhD
Professor & Center Director
Range Cattle Research & Education Center
University of Florida, Ona, FL

Nicolas DiLorenzo, PhD
Associate Professor
North Florida Research & Education Center
University of Florida, Marianna, FL

James Drackley, PhD
Professor
Department of Animal Sciences
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL

Tara Felix, PhD
Assistant Professor & Extension Beef Specialist
Department of Animal Science
Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Kevin Harvatine, MS, PhD
Associate Professor of Nutritional Physiology
Department of Animal Science
Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Brad Heins, PhD
Associate Professor - Organic Dairy Production
West Central Research & Outreach Center
University of Minnesota, Morris, MN

Alex Hristov, PhD
Professor of Dairy Nutrition
Department of Animal Science
Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Megan Webb, PhD
Assistant Professor - Beef Production Systems
Department of Animal Science
University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

Non-Ruminant Session Speakers:

Andres Gomez, PhD
Assistant Professor - Microbiomes
Department of Animal Science; Department of Food Science & Nutrition
University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

Crystal Levesque, PhD
Assistant Professor - Monogastric Nutrition
Department of Animal Science
South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD

Sally Noll, PhD
Professor - Turkey Nutrition
Department of Animal Science
University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

Reza Poureslami, PhD
Poultry Technical Manager
ADM Nutrition, Dallas, TX
- Sponsored by ADM

Kevin Roberson, PhD
Poultry Nutritionist
Michael Foods, Sioux City, IA
- Sponsored by Michael Foods

Milena Saqui-Salces, PhD
Assistant Professor - Gastrointestinal Physiology
Department of Animal Science
University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

Jennifer Schmitt, PhD
Program Director & Lead Scientist
NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise
Institute on the Environment
University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

Michaela Trudeau, MS
Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Animal Science
University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

Alexander Yitbarek, MSc (PhD Candidate)
Scientist
Animal Nutrition, Global Innovation
DuPont Industrial Biosciences, Wilmington, DE
- Sponsored by DuPont

Equine Session Speakers:

Amy Biddle, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Animal & Food Sciences
University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Steven Coleman, PhD
Assistant Professor - Equine Genetics
Equine Sciences
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Krishona Martinson, PhD
Professor-Equine Specialist & Extension Program Leader
Department of Animal Science
University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

Amanda Reiter, MS Candidate
Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Animal Science
University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

Nathalie Trottier, PhD
Professor - Monogastric Animal Nutrition
Department of Animal Science
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Equine Industry Round Table Speakers:

Harlan Anderson, DVM
Developer/Manufacturer
Square Meal Feeds, Cokato, MN

Roy Johnson, MS
Technology Deployment Manager, Equine & Full Farm Products
Cargill Animal Nutrition, Elk River, MN

Gary Pusillo, BS, MS, PhD, PAS, ACAN, AAFS
Equine Nutritionist
INTI Service Corporation, Marshalltown, IA

Randel Raub, PhD
Senior Vice President
Kentucky Equine Research (KER), Versailles, KY

Judith Reynolds, PhD, PAS, Dipl ACAN
Owner/Operator
Dr. Judy Reynolds, Equine Research & Consulting, St. Louis, MO

Kelly Vineyard, PhD
Senior Nutritionist, Equine Technical Solutions
Purina Animal Nutrition LLC, Gray Summit, MO