Purchasing & Ingredient Suppliers


March 9-11, 2021, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress | Orlando, Florida
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Kim Bremmer


Kim Bremmer is a nationally recognized speaker who started Ag Inspirations with a mission to inspire farmers to tell their stories, connect people to where their food comes from, and represent the great success of American agriculture today. Bremmer is passionate about sharing the role of science, technology and innovation in how we grow and raise food. Bremmer grew up on a dairy farm in north central Wisconsin. Bremmer is a mother of two, graduate of UW-Madison and was a dairy nutritionist for 15 years.Bremmer is an academy member of the National Speaker's Association, the Wisconsin state coordinator for Common Ground, a regular contributor on Rural Route radio, and is the president of Wisconsin Women for Agriculture. Bremmer serves on the Executive Advisory Counsel for the American Dairy Coalition and in the EPA Animal Agriculture Discussion Group, as well as being a registered state lobbyist for the Wisconsin Dairy Alliance. Bremmer is a vocal champion of agriculture everywhere she goes...from the grocery store to the airport. 

Richard Brock


Richard Brock is Owner and President of Brock Associates, an agricultural marketing advisory service, and publisher of The Brock Report, a 20-page weekly fundamental and technical newsletter. Brock's firm, based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, now has seven offices, manages grain sales on more than 800,000 acres throughout the U.S. and is an advisor on purchasing strategies for many large poultry, pork, dairy and food companies. Brock is on retainer with several agri-business firms for his input on strategic planning. Brock writes a monthly column for Delta Farm Press and Feedstuffs magazines and speaks at more than 50 conventions and conferences per year. Brock grew up on the family grain and pork farm in central Indiana. Brock received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Purdue University and his master’s degree from Cornell University. Brock and his wife, Cathy, have three grown children and eight grandchildren.

Cassandra Jones


Dr. Cassandra (Cassie) Jones is the Undergraduate Research Coordinator in the Department of Animal Sciences & Industry at Kansas State University. Jones coordinates undergraduate students interested in research projects across disciplines and species. Dr. Jones teaches ASI 561: Undergraduate Research in Animal Sciences & Industry and ASI 318: Fundamentals of Nutrition. Jones' research efforts include evaluating the effects of ingredients or feed processing technologies on feed safety and animal nutrition. Jones is originally from Beulah, N.D., where her family raised Rambouillet sheep. Jones is formally trained as an applied swine nutritionist. Jones and her husband, Spencer, have three children, Ty, Hayden, and Hadley, and raise Angus cattle near Wamego.

Joseph Kerns



Joseph Kerns, President of Kerns and Associates, has 25 years’ experience working with producers, suppliers and mills to support agricultural operations. Kerns and his team assist clients with procurement and risk management activities related to hedging, ingredient purchase, optimizing relationships with mills, developing programs to assist in feed quality control, cost effective diet formulation, operational benchmarking, livestock marketing, generational transition and business development. In his current enterprise as a risk management consultant, Kerns and his team work with livestock producers and suppliers in 13 states. Clients include packers, producers, veterinarians, researchers, mill operators and feed ingredient suppliers. Team members have also served as keynote speakers for international agricultural agencies and suppliers, providing context about commodity markets, nutritional factors impacting production, and operational sustainability, leadership and ownership. Prior to this consulting venture, Kerns directed risk management activities for industry leaders such as ADM, Premium Standard Farms, Continental Grain and Iowa Select Farms.

Eric Mittenthal


Eric Mittenthal is the vice president of sustainability at the North American Meat Institute (NAMI), previously serving as the organization’s vice president of public affairs since 2012. Mittenthal leads the Meat Institute’s sustainability initiatives and also focuses on developing communications to bust myths on the role of meat in the diet and how meat is produced. Mittenthal joined NAMI from the International Food Information Council (IFIC) where he worked closely with dietitians and led IFIC’s efforts in communicating with journalists and influencers. Mittenthal moved to Washington D.C. following a career as a television reporter and producer in several markets around the country including Atlanta, Jacksonville, NC and Idaho Falls, ID. Mittenthal graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and also received a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA.

 Dan Rooney 


Dan Rooney is a Major in the Air Force Reserve and a decorated military aviator, two-time recipient of the Top Gun award and was honored with the Spirit of Attack award as a top graduate of F-16 training. Maj. Rooney has received many decorations to include the Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Medal, Anti-terrorism Medal, Combat Readiness Medal and Air Expeditionary Medal. Maj. Rooney continues to fly fighters as an aggressor pilot in the 301st Fighter Squadron at Eglin AFB in Destin Florida. Maj. Rooney is the founder of the Folds of Honor, a F-16 Fighter Pilot with 3 combat tours in Iraq, and a PGA Golf Professional. He founded The Patriot Golf Club, American Dunes Golf Club, and is the author of A Patriot’s Calling—Living Life between Fear and Faith. Maj. Rooney was the motivational team speaker for two US Ryder Cup teams. This is an honor often reserved for U.S. Presidents. From humble beginnings above his garage, Maj. Rooney started the non-profit Folds of Honor. Its singular mission is to provide educational scholarships to the spouses and children of wounded or killed military service members.

 Sec. Tom Vilsack



Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council. Sec. Vilsack took the position in February 2017 after serving eight years as the nation's 30th Secretary of Agriculture. As president and CEO, Vilsack provides strategic leadership and oversight of USDEC's global promotional and research activities, regulatory affairs and trade policy initiatives. This includes working with industry leaders to develop a long-term vision for building sales and consumer trust in U.S. dairy. As leader of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Vilsack worked hard to strengthen the American agricultural economy, build vibrant rural communities and create new markets for the tremendous innovation of rural America. Vilsack was the longest-serving member of President Obama's original Cabinet. Prior to his appointment, he served two terms as the Governor of Iowa, in the Iowa State Senate and as the mayor of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. Vilsack received his bachelor's degree from Hamilton College and his law degree from Albany Law School in New York.

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