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Spark: Careers in Agribusiness
18 minutes | 5 months ago
Marianne Smukowski, Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research
Marianne Smukowski, Safety Applications Coordinator at Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research, discusses her career in food science and the path she took from government to private industry to academia.
26 minutes | a year ago
Cindy Cunningham, National Pork Board
Cunningham shares how she went from Iowa farm girl to AVP communications for one of the nation’s leading checkoff programs.
33 minutes | a year ago
Jenny Stelmach, American Agri-Women
In her role as vice president of American Agri-Women, Stelmach connects with women in agriculture of all ages and interests. She talks with host Sara Steever about her childhood and career path.
43 minutes | 2 years ago
Nancy Barcus, Agriculture Future of America
Barcus discusses her career and current role at Agriculture Future of America, which builds bridges for young leaders to foster engagement and innovation in food and agriculture.
32 minutes | 2 years ago
Isabella Chism, Indiana Farm Bureau
Chism’s path to ag industry leader is unusual. She talks with host Sara Steever about how she became involved in agriculture and shares career advice.
33 minutes | 2 years ago
Walt Bones, Farmer
Former South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Walt Bones shares how growing up on a farm prepared him for public service and farming success.
27 minutes | 2 years ago
Gail Miller, Grossman Software Solutions
Twenty-three years ago, Miller joined Grossman Software Solutions, which serves agribusiness, and rose through the ranks to become president. She discusses her interest in science and math, role models and the power of trust.
55 minutes | 2 years ago
Dawn Caldwell, Aurora Cooperative
Head of Government Affairs at Aurora Cooperative in Aurora, Neb., Caldwell grew up on a farm and earned a degree in animal science. She discusses her career path, decisions made and lessons learned—and offers encouragement and advice for individuals beginning their careers.
21 minutes | 2 years ago
Nancy Johnson, North Dakota Soybean Growers Association
Johnson grew up on a farm in southern Minnesota and studied marketing and communications in college. She shares how her farm background and education prepared her for a variety of jobs during her career.
29 minutes | 3 years ago
Liz Hughey, Blue Creek Cattle Company
A self-described mule advocate and horse enthusiast, Hughey is grazing manager at her family’s Red Angus beef ranch in southeastern Indiana and an author of children’s books. She visits with host Sara Steever about her unique career.
26 minutes | 3 years ago
Pamela Sweeten, P. Sweeten Consulting
As principal of her own consulting firm, Sweeten is involved in the quickly-growing business of food traceability and safety. She offers advice for young people starting careers in the food industry and agribusiness.
27 minutes | 3 years ago
Evelyn Brandt Thomas, Brandt Consolidated, Inc.
Co-founder of Brandt Consolidated, Inc., 94-year-old Evelyn Brandt Thomas is a businesswoman, philanthropist, community leader and force of nature. She discusses her company, involvement in various organizations and offers advice to women starting their careers.
32 minutes | 3 years ago
Cari Rincker, Rincker Law, PLLC
Rincker, who grew up on a cattle operation in Shelbyville, Ill., is the owner of Rincker Law, which specializes in food and agriculture law. She discusses her childhood, career path and how she used networking, blogging and social media to grow her firm.
25 minutes | 3 years ago
Pam Dincher, Doebler’s Hybrids
Dincher is marketing manager for Doebler’s Hybrids, a historied regional seed brand based in Williamsport, Penn. She visits with host Sara Steever about her career path and passion for ag.
24 minutes | 3 years ago
Jeanette Lombardo, Global Water Innovations, Inc.
Co-Founder and Chief Strategic Officer of Global Water and President of American Agri-Women, Lombardo discusses her farm background, career in corporate banking and current involvement in ag policy and advocacy organizations.
69 minutes | 3 years ago
Susanne Veatch, Kinze Manufacturing, Inc.
As president and chief marketing officer at Kinze, Veatch grew up around the business, which is a family-owned company started by her father. She discusses her early life, her career path and the challenges of balancing work and family.
35 minutes | 3 years ago
Stephanie Liska, Beck Ag, Inc.
President and CEO of Beck Ag, Inc., Liska brought a family farm background and more than 20 years of experience in sales and sales management to Beck Ag. She discusses how her experiences, both personal and professional, have helped shape her success.
23 minutes | 3 years ago
Amy Bradford, GROWMARK, Inc.
As corporate communications manager for GROWMARK, Inc., Bradford has 33 years of ag communications industry experience under her belt. Her interview includes thoughts on her childhood, education, career and upcoming mission trip.
19 minutes | 3 years ago
Betsy Huber, The National Grange
President of the nation’s oldest agricultural advocacy organization, Huber talks with Sara Steever about her farm upbringing, her belief in community and civic participation and her career path.
32 minutes | 3 years ago
Emily Schmitt, Sukup Manufacturing Co.
General counsel at Sukup Manufacturing, Schmitt handles a wide range of legal issues but also makes time for “passion projects” within the company. She discusses her education, career and current roles with Sara Steever.
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