Purchasing & Ingredient Suppliers


March 7-9, 2023 | Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress | Orlando, FL
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Richard Brock



Richard Brock is owner and president of Brock Associates, an agricultural marketing advisory service and publisher of The Brock Report, established in 1980. His firm, based in Milwaukee, Wis., now has eight offices, manages grain sales on over 800,000 acres throughout the United States and is an advisor on purchasing strategies for many large poultry, pork, dairy and food companies. Brock grew up on the family grain and pork farm in central Indiana. He received his bachelor's degree in agricultural economics from Purdue University and his master’s degree from Cornell University. He and his wife Cathy have three grown children and 10 grandchildren.

Constance Cullman


Constance Cullman is the American Feed Industry Association’s president and CEO. She also serves as the president of AFIA’s public charity, the Institute for Feed Education and Research and represents the AFIA on international issues, including serving on the International Feed Industry Federation’s board of directors and executive committee, as well as the Global Feed LCA Institute’s board of directors. Cullman previously served as the president and CEO of Farm Foundation. Prior to that role, she held various positions at Dow AgroSciences; Corn Refiners Association; the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service; the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, and The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. 

Cullman has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics and a master’s degree in agricultural economics with an emphasis on international trade and agricultural policy from The Ohio State University. She hails from Marysville, Ohio, where her family owned and operated a cow/calf farm.

Ellen Dierenfeld


Ellen Dierenfeld serves as a lead specialist in sustainable feed innovations within World Wildlife Fund’s sustainable livestock and feed systems group, as part of the larger food and freshwater team. Raised in rural Iowa, she received her bachelor’s degree in animal science from Iowa State University and graduate degree from Cornell University with a focus in animal nutrition. After spending much of her career heading applied nutrition/feeding management programs, laboratory and field studies with wildlife species through the Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx and St. Louis zoos, she joined the research and development team at Novus International to evaluate product effects in livestock fed available feed ingredients in local environments in Africa. With a focus on sustainable global agriculture initiatives, she continues to investigate utilization of locally available and sustainable feed ingredients for a variety of species both in the U.S. and abroad.   

Gary Huddleston


Gary Huddleston is the American Feed Industry Association’s director of feed manufacturing and regulatory affairs. He joined the association in May 2015 and has more than 30 years of experience in feed manufacturing. Huddleston manages the AFIA’s efforts surrounding regulatory issues involving the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Transportation. He assists in the development and coordination of AFIA’s education and training programs related to feed manufacturing. Huddleston is the staff contact for AFIA’s Equipment Manufacturers and Production Compliance Committees. Prior to joining the AFIA, Huddleston worked at Southern States Cooperative, Inc., since 1984, where he performed numerous feed manufacturing roles. Huddleston holds a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness and economics from Tennessee Technological University.

Cassandra Jones



Cassandra (Cassie) Jones, Ph.D., is the undergraduate research coordinator in the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry at Kansas State University. Jones coordinates undergraduate students interested in research projects across disciplines and species. She teaches ASI 561: Undergraduate Research in Animal Sciences and Industry and ASI 318: Fundamentals of Nutrition. Jones's 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. She and her husband, have three children, and raise Angus cattle near Wamego.

Christopher Kankousky


Chris Kankousky is general director at Grain Products. In his position, Kankousky is responsible for feed ingredient and corn refining commodity lines for Union Pacific. Primary commodities include ethanol, biofuels, soybean meal and oils, animal proteins and more. 

Previously, he served as senior director of petroleum and crude oil. Since joining Union Pacific in 2002, he has held a wide variety of positions within Union Pacific’s marketing and sales organizations with a number of roles within the energy business and engineering. 

Kankousky graduated from the University of Nebraska – Omaha with a bachelor's degree in management of information systems and a master’s degree in business administration. Kankousky enjoys spending time with his wife Michelle and his two children traveling, attending various sporting events and enjoying the outdoors 

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. They also serve 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.


Scott Lovin


Scott Lovin joined the Albert City Elevator Cooperative in 1983 and has worked there for 34 years. He began his career in the feed mill where he worked in all phases of operations. He then moved into ordering and logistics, and then purchasing along with sales responsibilities. In 2000 he assumed the position of plant manager for the Sheldon and Fonda, Iowa, feed mills. In 2004 he joined the senior management team as vice president of feed. He currently is responsible for all operations and sales for 8 feed mills with annual volume of over 1.5M tons.  

Lovin is currently an AFIA Board member, where he also serves on the Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Committee. He is also a member of the National Grain & Feed Manufacturing & Technology Committee, serves on the boards of the Iowa Turkey Federation, Lincoln Supply, Livestock Equity and Point Source Purchasing, along with several leadership positions at the church he has been a member of for 36 years.  

Lovin grew up in Albert City, Iowa, where he currently resides. He and his wife Dorie have been married 40 years and have been blessed with 4 children (and spouses) and 9 grandchildren. Lovin and Dorie enjoy babysitting the grandkids, attending their events, camping, golfing and traveling.  

Lara Moody


Lara Moody is the Institute for Feed Education and Research’s executive director. She provides visionary leadership to the public charity’s activities including program development, strategic partnerships and collaborative resourcing. Working closely with IFEEDER’s Board of Trustees and committee members, she develops and supports resources and efforts to advance the public charity’s research and education mission. Collaborating with the American Feed Industry Association to pursue and communicate the institute’s work, she creates opportunities to engage donors and further the dialogue on important issues impacting the feed industry.  

Prior to joining IFEEDER in April 2021, Moody served as the vice president of stewardship and sustainability at The Fertilizer Institute. She also worked in research and extension programs at Iowa State University and the University of Tennessee. 

Moody holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering and master’s degree in biosystems engineering from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Caitlin Murphy


Caitlin Murphy is the founder and CEO of Global Gateway Logistics, a global freight forwarding and Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier firm headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2017, Murphy founded Global Gateway Logistics offering services in global maritime, air and ground transportation for an array of commodities. During her 13-year career in domestic and global logistics, Murphy managed an extensive portfolio of large scale domestic and global logistics projects. Her extensive experience in the logistics industry and firsthand knowledge of global shipping markets and fundamentals have assisted many firms in strategizing their global supply chains. The firm’s mission is to simplify global logistics through a hybrid approach of boutique customer service and technology.  

In 2022, Murphy was chosen by Governor Mike Parson for the Missouri Supply Chain Task Force. She was also named one of the Most Influential Business Women 2022 by the St. Louis Business Journal.  

She received a BSBA in International Business from the University of Missouri and attended Peking University in Beijing. ?She also serves on the board of Camp Circle Star, a nonprofit organization that provides that provides summer camp opportunities for children with disabilities throughout the region. She resides in St. Louis with her family.  

Emily Solis


Emily Solis is manager, communications and content at the Animal Agriculture Alliance, a nonprofit working to safeguard the future of animal agriculture and its value to society by bridging the communication gap between the farm and food communities. In her role, Solis is responsible for shaping the Alliance’s brand and proactive communications strategy.  

Solis leads the Alliance’s media engagement efforts, ensures the strength and consistency of the Alliance brand, manages the planning and execution of the College Aggies Online program and outreach efforts with nutrition influencers. She also coordinates strategic discussions with relevant stakeholders on communications strategies and represents the Alliance at various industry meetings.  

Prior to joining the Alliance team, Solis served as communications manager for Maryland Farm Bureau and held several internships within the animal agriculture community – including communications intern for the Alliance. Solis holds a bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Maryland. She joined the Alliance team in 2020 and lives in east Tennessee with her dog, Charlotte Mae.  


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