Erin Brenneman grew up in a suburb of Chicago, so life on the farm is not something she knew about as a youngster. She loves animals though, and majored in animal science at Iowa State University. That’s where she met her future husband, Tim, and after graduating with her bachelor’s degree in 2004, she and Tim married and moved to Washington, Iowa. Brenneman Pork is a fully integrated, family-run pork and grain operation in Washington County Iowa. You will learn more about Brenneman Pork, Erin and her family in the months to come through her beautiful photos and...
| Roger Stevens is president of Stevens & Associates Inc., a communications consulting firm based in Indianapolis. Stevens has worked with state and national agricultural organizations for more than 25 years. He graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. degree in Agricultural Communications and is married to Jane Ade Stevens, CEO of the Indiana Soybean Alliance, the Indiana Corn Marketing Council and the Indiana Corn Growers Association. Stevens will focus on policy issues related to the pork industry. His insight will help producers stay abreast of what’s happening on the national, state and local level in terms of government policy...
| Darren Warth is owner of Smokey D’s restaurants in Des Moines, Iowa. He is an avid promoter of pork products and sells thousands of pounds of delicious pork entrees at his three Smokey D’s locations in Des Moines. His goal is to offer diners good food at a reasonable cost, and to serve it quickly and efficiently. In addition to running the restaurants, Warth is also a devoted barbecue competitor. He travels all over the country and has participated in more than 30 barbecue competitions this year alone. More often than not, you’ll find his name among the top...
| Gary H. Baise is an Illinois farmer and trial attorney at the law firm Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz PC, specializing in agricultural and environmental issues in state and federal court. He also serves as outside General Counsel for the U.S. Grains Council, Agricultural Retailers Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers and counsel to the American Soybean Association. Baise is actively involved in a number of agricultural associations, including the Farm Foundation. He also formerly served on the USDA's Agricultural Air Quality Task Force. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Illinois University and...
| JoAnn Alumbaugh grew up on a diversified farm in Michigan, and has been involved in many different facets of the industry. She joined PorkNetwork as Editor and Brand Champion on January 2013 and is anxious to engage in conversation with producers, educators, consultants and agri-business personnel.
| Emily Meredith serves as the Communications Director for the Alliance and manages all aspects of the communications strategy. She is responsible for the Issues Management Committee and coordinating effective responses to the issues of the industry.
| I am a farm wife and stay-at-home mom in central Iowa. My husband, Bart, and I have been married almost seven years, and we have two young sons. Adam is 4 and 1/2 years old and Isaac is 2 years old. While I focus my efforts on raising the boys, Bart raises turkeys – more than 100,000 annually. In my free time, I love taking on creative endeavors including (but not limited to) home renovation, digital scrapbooking, graphic design, photography, writing, crafting, blogging and repurposing old junk into new home and garden décor. I have been blogging about...
| Paul Meers has 40-plus years of active involvement in the pork Industry, encompassing nearly every phase of this dynamic business.
| Allison Zabel is a senior at Iowa State University, majoring in Agricultural Studies with a minor in Animal Science. She is originally from Tekamah, Neb., where she grew up on a small acreage with a few horses. Although Zabel doesn’t have a background in pork production, she will be working for Pipestone Veterinary Clinic, headquartered in Minnesota, when she graduates. She will be working in China, but first will train in the United States for six months.
| Dr. Janeal Yancey a meat science program technician in the animal science department at the University of Arkansas. She attended Texas Tech as an undergraduate, where she studied animal science and was a member of the collegiate meats judging team. She then completed a Masters degree in meat science at Kansas State while coaching the meats judging team, and followed that with a Ph.D in meat science. In her blog called, “Mom at the Meat Counter,” she connects with non-farm moms to answer questions and help them feel more comfortable about the food they buy. She and her husband...
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