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Bill Horan grows corn, soybeans, specialty crops and other grains on a family farm in North Central Iowa. In partnership with his brother, Bill provides leadership to Horan BioProduction, LLC. A former Marine and Viet Nam veteran, he received a BS from South Dakota State University and completed the Harvard Business School – Agricultural Executive Education Program. Bill volunteers as a board member for the Global Farmer Network, and also helped lead the group for the past several years as Chairman before handing the reigns over in mid-2017. He serves on the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank Advisory Committee, Iowa Dept. of Transportation Freight Advisory Committee and is Chairman of the Board of Western Iowa Energy, a thirty million gallon a year Biodiesel Plant. Bill’s life-long interest in renewable energy has been supported by his engagement as a steering committee member of the DC-based Natural Resource Solutions, LLC, a non-partisan group dedicated to developing public policy with a goal of US energy use to be 25 percent biomass-based by 2025. He also serves as a director for the Iowa State Research Park and is a member of the Dept. of Energy / USDA Biomass Technical Advisory Committee.
Carol Keiser-Long established and currently manages C-BAR Cattle Company, feeding 5,000 to 6,000 head of cattle in Kansas, Nebraska and Western Illinois. As an agriculture advocate at the state and national level, she is focused on programs and hands on opportunities that expose young women to careers in food and agriculture. Carol volunteers as a board member for the Global Farmer Network and is the current Treasure for the organization. She also provides leadership to numerous organizations including the Farm Foundation, National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board, National Cattleman’s Beef Association and US Premium Beef. With a degree in Animal Science form the University of Illinois, Carol has been recognized for Distinguished Service to the University and the school’s College of Agriculture, Conservation and Environmental Services.
Craige Mackenzie is an innovative dairy and cropping farmer from Methven, New Zealand. His farms are situated near the foothills of the Southern Alps on Canterbury Plains. Greenvale Pastures is an intensive irrigated cropping operation that grows several specialty seed crops, along with wheat and rye grass. Three Springs Dairies is a high output dairy farm milking 1050 cows on 320 ha that includes a fully irrigated pasture-based system with additional grain feeding. Craige and his daughter established Agri Optics NZ Ltd., a company that provides precision agriculture tools and services to increase the efficiency of NZ farming systems. Craige volunteers as a board member for the Global Farmer Network, is one of New Zealand’s two representatives to the International Society for Precision Agriculture and is heavily involved in a number of industry research initiatives involving the dairy and cropping sectors. Honored as the recipient of a New Zealand Nuffield Farming Scholarship, Craige and his wife Roz were also awarded the coveted 2013 National Ballance Farm Environmental Award and in 2016, Craige was recognized as the International Precision Ag Farmer of the year.
Cherilyn Nagel, along with her husband David and family, grow durum wheat, chick peas, canola and lentils on a family farm in Mossbank SK, Canada. Noted as one of Saskatchewan’s Most Influential Women, Cherilyn enjoys promoting stories of agricultural successes and has been recognized for her efforts and passion for making positive changes in the agriculture sector. Cherilyn Nagel volunteers as a board member for the Global Farmer Network and is a former President of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association where she continues to serve as a director. She is training other farmers to share their stories through the “Real Dirt On Farming” program, works with Farm and Food Care in Saskatchewan and has been appointed by the Ministry of Agriculture to Chair the Saskatchewan Agri-Value Initiative (SAVI) and Agriculture Development Fund, focused on creating future growth opportunities and enhance the competitiveness of the provincial ag industry.
Daniel (Dan) Kelley grows corn and soybeans on a family farm near Normal, IL in partnership with his two brothers and his son. Dan has a long history with agriculture cooperative systems, providing leadership to GROWMARK and Denver-based CoBank. Dan volunteers as a board member for the Global Farmer Network and continues to provide leadership to the Nationwide Insurance and Nationwide Bank boards of directors. With a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of Illinois, he has received many accolades and awards in the agribusiness community, including the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives.
Joanna Lidback, together with her husband, operates the Farm at Wheeler Mountain, a diversified dairy farm located in Northeast Vermont, where they milk registered Jerseys and Holsteins, manage a grass-based cropping and grazing program and run a Jersey beef direct farm sales business. She was recognized with a Young Jersey Breeder Award in 2016. Joanna volunteers as a board member for the Global Farmer Network and has testified in the US Congress on the topic of societal benefits of biotechnology. With an Applied Economics and Management degree from Cornell University and an MBA from Babson College, she serves as a business consultant with Yankee Farm Credit.
John Rigolizzo, Jr. is a fifth generation farmer, raising fresh vegetables and field corn in southern New Jersey. The family farm provides products to retail and wholesale markets. John volunteers as a board member for the Global Farmer Network and has provided leadership to the Vegetable Growers Association of New Jersey and New Jersey Tomato Council. As a former New Jersey Farm Bureau President, his interest and long-time support of free trade was supported by his involvement in 11 international trade missions and engagement in World Trade Organization meetings in Seattle and Geneva.
Mark Wagoner is a third generation family farmer in southeast Washington State where they grow alfalfa seed for four major seed companies. Relying on the alkali bee, a native ground nesting bee, and leafcutter bees for pollination, Mark works with the National Alfalfa and Forage Alliance and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to insure that safe and effective insecticides are available for use during bee flight. Mark volunteers as a board member for the Global Farmer Network and numerous other boards addressing water and land use issues. He works diligently to develop and implement coexistence strategies for producing conventional, organic and genetically enhanced alfalfa.
Reg Clause if the fourth generation to manage the Clause Family Farm new Grand Junction, Iowa. The operation raises corn, soybeans, cattle and grandkids. Reg volunteers as a board member for the Global Farmer Network and is currenting serving as Chairman. Reg has extensive experience in business consulting, specializing in business development including feasibility studies, business planning and financial structuring for clients as diverse as biofuels, wineries, meat processing, niche marketing and many more. His work has allowed him to travel extensively around the world to conduct in-depth analysis of agricultural production systems.
Roberto Peiretti is a fourth-generation farmer, with the fifth generation also engaged in the family farm, located in central Argentina where they grow corn, soybeans, wheat, barley, oats, sorghum and sunflowers on eight thousand hectares. With 25% to 35% of the farm double-cropped each year, they are also able to regularly incorporate some pulses and oats as a cover crop annually. Trained as an agronomist, Roberto is a leader in No-Till agriculture systems, on their farm and as an advisor and engineer working nationally and internationally. Roberto Peiretti volunteers as a board member for the Global Farmer Network and was a founding member of AAPRESID (Argentinian No Till Farmers Association) and CAAPAS (American Confederation of No Till Farmers Associations). Roberto was one of twenty-seven farmers that founded Bioceres, an agriculture-related biotechnology company. He is actively engaged in the World Association of Soils and Water Conservation (WASWAC) and was recognized as the WASWAC Distinguished Extensions Award in 2016.
Tim Burrack has been farming in Northeast Iowa for almost 40 years raising corn, seed corn and soybeans. Pork production is also a major part of his family farm. Tim volunteers as a board member for the Global Farmer Network and provides leadership as the Vice-Chairman. He is an active participant in state and national farm and commodity organizations including the US Grain Council, National Corn Growers Association and AgState, an agricultural think tank based in Iowa that was organized to create leadership for Iowa agriculture through strategic visioning, planning and implementation. Tim’s interest in infrastructure as it relates to trade has led to travel in Panama, Brazil and down the Mississippi River to research river, rail and road infrastructure challenges.
Ted Sheely raises lettuce, cotton, tomatoes, onions, pistachios, wine grapes and garlic on a family farm in the California San Joaquin Valley. Ted volunteers as a board member for the Global Farmer Network and is Chairman of the Horizon Growers (pistachios). He has provided leadership to the National Cotton Council, Cotton Incorporated, California Farm Bureau and Westlands Water District. Ted’s long-standing interest and investment in water availability, quality and use has earned him recognition by the California Water Policy Conference with the Innovative Water Conservation Award.
Terry Wanzek is a fourth generation North Dakota farmer. This family partnership raises spring wheat, corn, soybeans, barley, dry edible beans and sunflowers. Terry was elected to serve as a North Dakota State Senator, providing leadership to the agriculture committee and serving as Senate President Pro Tempore. Terry volunteers as a board member for the Global Farmer Network and continues to provide leadership to the National Association of Wheat Growers and the NoDak Mutual Insurance. He has a degree in Business Administration and Accounting from Jamestown College and completed the Texas A & M Executive Program for Agricultural Producers.
Ravichandran is a third-generation farmer growing paddy, sugar cane, cotton, pulses and small grains for over 30 years in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. As a strong proponent of technology, Ravichandran writes for various magazines in Tamil and English, and often fills panel positions supporting the adoption of scientifically proven technologies to increase farm productivity in an environmentally sustainable manner. Ravichandran volunteers as a board member for the Global Farmer Network and is an active member of the World Economic Forum’s New Vision for Agriculture Transformational Leaders Network. He is an active member of the United Farmers Empowerment Initiative (UFEI) of India and formed the “United Progressive Farmers Forum” as a tool that helps farmers aggregate their resources and bridge the gap between agriculture and consumers. Ravi was recognized in 2013 as a recipient of the globally-recognized Kleckner Award and was honored with the Indian National “Harit Kranti Award 2016”, Innovative Farmer, for his outstanding contribution promoting the adoption of advanced technologies among farmers.
Kim Lang joins Global Farmer Network as our Social Media Lead. She has worked in agriculture for most of her career, starting as Farm Director for WOW Radio in Omaha, Nebraska. There she earned three national ag journalism awards and an award for international reporting. As a journalist, she did work for Voice of America radio and The Morning Ag Report, a nationally syndicated ag TV show. Since 1996, she’s worked in public relations and marketing within agriculture overseeing both domestic and global marketing initiatives for several companies. Kim holds a degree in Home Economics and Broadcasting from the University of Nebraska. In addition to her work with Global Farmer Network, Kim owns her own consulting firm where she helps agricultural companies with social media and content marketing.
Mary Boote serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Global Farmer Network. Raised on a Northwest Iowa dairy, pork, corn and soybean family farm, she had the privilege of serving as agriculture adviser to Iowa Governor Terry E. Branstad from 1997-1999. Named as one of the Worldview 100: Global Industry’s top 100 Visionaries and Leaders in Biotechnology by Scientific American Worldview in 2015, Mary has had the opportunity to travel internationally on several agriculture leadership missions that focused on issues as varied as instruction on strategic planning and personal representation for privatized agriculturalists in newly independent countries to learning more about smallholder maize projects to observing the trade negotiation process at the World Trade Organization.
Dean Kleckner served as Chairman of Truth About Trade & Technology from 2000 – 2012, before the group renamed to Global Farmer Network in 2016. Prior to this he served seven two-year terms as president of the American Farm Bureau Federation. Before becoming AFBF president, he was president of the Iowa Farm Bureau for ten years. He served on the American Farm Bureau’s board of directors during that time. As a strong advocate of reduced protectionism and freer trade worldwide, Mr. Kleckner was the only farmer on the U.S. advisory team to the GATT negotiations when they began in September 1986 in Uruguay. Mr. Kleckner served on the U.S. Trade Advisory Committee, first appointed by President Reagan, reappointed by President Bush and reappointed twice by President Clinton. In that role, he has attended World Trade Organization meetings in Canada, Singapore, Brussels, Geneva, Cancun and Hong Kong. During his farming career, Mr. Kleckner raised corn, soybeans and hogs on a 350 acre family farm near Rudd, Iowa.
Bill Northey is a corn and soybean farmer form Northwest Iowa. Bill served as President of the National Corn Growers Association and is currently serving as the Secretary of Agriculture for the State of Iowa.
Bob Vice grows avocadoes in southern California. Bob Vice retired as President of the California Farm Bureau in 1997 after serving seven and a half years as Vice President and eight and a half years as President. During that time, Bob led trade missions to over forty countries in Europe, Asia, the former Soviet Union and South America.
Craig Lang of Brooklyn, Iowa served as President of Iowa Farmer Bureau from 2001 through 2011. Lang is actively engaged on a family farm that manages a 400-cow dairy herd and tills 1,000 acres of cropland.
John Reifsteck operates a corn and soybean farm in western Champaign County, Illinois. John currently serves as Chairman and President of the GROWMARK Board of Directors – a farm supply and marketing cooperative that operates principally in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Ontario.
Keith Eckel raises vegetables and grains in Pennsylvania. Keith was elected chairman of the Nationwide Mutual board of Directors and served as president of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau from 1981-1996. He was named a Pennsylvania Master Farmer in 1982 and Outstanding Young Farmer in 1983.
Ross Korves served Truth about Trade & Technology, before it became Global Farmer Network, from 2004 – 2015 as the Economic and Trade Policy Analyst. Researching and analyzing economic issues important to agricultural producers, Ross provided an intimate understanding regarding the interface of economic policy analysis and the political process. Mr. Korves served the American Farm Bureau Federation as an Economist from 1980-2004. He served as Chief Economist from April 2001 through September 2003 and held the title of Senior Economist from September 2003 through August 2004. Born and raised on a southern Illinois hog farm and educated at Southern Illinois University, Ross holds a Masters Degree in Agribusiness Economics. His studies and research expanded internationally through his work in Germany as a 1984 McCloy Agricultural Fellow and study travel to Japan in 1982, Zambia and Kenya in 1985 and Germany in 1987.
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Small farmer who has a beehive and grows walnuts, wheat and vegetables on about 1.75 acres. He is also a veterinarian and a provincial government official whose official portfolio is development of fisheries.
General manager of our family farm. 100 hectares of white corn production – implementing a drying and storage system
Farming since 1985 – 3,000 acre pineapple plantation and packing facility, 400 acre mango plantation with packing facilities, and a fruit drying plant. Total workforce of 650. One of the biggest producers and exporters of pineapple from Ghana.
Awarded best farmer in Greater Accra region for production of rabbit and grasscutter (cane rat) meat.
10,000 acre farm – grows corn, alfalfa and agave azul
85 acre dairy farm – 37 Holsteins, 12 sheep, 120 pigs. Grow 40 acres of maize for silage. Grow organic vegetables for ourselves and a local market. Seven employees
Farms with her family on a mid-sized grain and oilseed farm in Saskatchewan Canada. Has been active in farm organizations for most of her career. She advocates more open international trade on behalf of the majority of Canada's farmers.
3.5 acres of bananas, 9.2 acres rice production, 6 acres on mango plantation. 12 dairy cattle Some horticultural crops – tomatoes, French beans, green pepper, onions, and watermelon - have a modern rice mill.
Annechien ten Have Mellema focuses on integrated sustainable agriculture as part of a family partnership that raises pigs, wheat, sugar beets and corn in the Netherlands. Annechien is a member of the Global Farmer Network.
Andrew specializes in herbage ley seed and malting barley. He farms more than 700 hectares of grass for seed and a large area of specialist spring malting barley. His farm is a mixture of owned, tenanted and contracted farming arrangements, driven by servicing market demand.
Amadou is an architect by trade, who invested in creating a high tech greenhouse to bring stable prices to off-season vegetables in Mali. The greenhouses use soilless production, climate control, misting, aluminum screen and water recycling.
Diverse grain farm with family members – grow wheat, soybeans, corn in rotation – minimum or no-till; Chairman of Growers for Biotechnology, past president of the North Dakota Grain Growers Association
Founded a women’s farming group in her village in order to transfer her knowledge of modern farming techniques to others. On her farm, she grows corn, vegetables, chili and horticultural plants.
Andrew Weidemann farms with his wife Julie, brother Rodney and his wife Andrea in the Wimmera region in Victoria, Australia where they grow wheat, barley, canola, broad beans, chic & field peas, lentils, oaten and vetch hay along with while Suffolk prime lambs.
Benjamin Olumuyiwa Adewumi has been farming in Nigeria for over 25 years, growing maize, plantain, bananas, cassava and some livestock. Adewumi is a USAID-MARKETS II trained cassava farmer and also a member of the Global Farmer Network.
Bishnu Poudyal grows paddy, maize, wheat and cereals and operates a small dairy near Kavre, Nepal. He hosts visitors to his farm who are inspired by his entrepreneurship and is a member of the Global Farmer Network.
Has farmed for 30 years, outspoken advocate for biotechnology, grows Bt cotton, hybrid vegetables, wheat, mustard, chick pea. Raises cows, goats and backyard poultry.
Involved in seed production for Hybrid seeds for Uganda Seed Company. Grows maize 400 Acres, pigs 800 and 120 cows. 12 permanent workers and 80 seasonal
Charles grows 50 acres of maize and 12 acres of coffee and focuses on increasing output/acre. He is also an input dealer and a grain miller. He buys maize from farmers and mills it to add value. Charles is a champion of technology and well known in the region.
DonDon Farm, is a combination of ecological agriculture and community support agriculture, production and farm management role – promotes Community Supported Agriculture and organic planting.
Chibuike started farming catfish when he convinced a Cable TV network to allow him to use a fallow part of their tower farm for fish farming. It was a creative way to get around the high cost of real estate. One pond turned to 7 and vegetable production was added.
Agronomist. Manages a farm of around 400 ha and also has pigs. He has been planting Bt corn for several years – and prefers it to conventional. Sees the technology value that he has experienced in his farm.
Farm 14,000 hectares with brother and father, grow soybeans, corn, wheat, barley and oats; we are planting 90% of GM corn, and soybean is also 100% GM technology. 32 employees
Family involved in two farms. One is 15,000 hectares and the other is 10,000 hectares – grow corn, wheat, soybeans, oilseed rape. Seed production of all crops on the farms. Use high tech machinery, GPS system, precision farming.
With his son, manages a 420 hectare irrigated farm. Produces sweet corn for canning and freezing industries, corn for grain (of which 100 ha of GM maize) and French beans. Involved in the development of direct sowing techniques.
16 hectare farm – grows cotton, corn, sorghum and cow pea – leader of local cotton producers cooperative
David Hill is a third-generation mixed arable and livestock farmer, growing wheat, barley, canola, grass seeds and other crops in Norfolk, UK. David is a Nuffield Scholar and a member of the Truth About Trade & Technology Global Farmer Network
David Hughes and his partners grow corn, soybeans, wheat and barley in Buenos Aires province and are developing a cattle ranch in Sla Rioja province, Argentina.
PhD Agricultural Economics; 50 acre dairy farm with some steers, 100 acres of hybrid maize production, 7 employees – do contract work for a sugar company
Doyle Lentz grows barley, spring wheat, soybeans and canola on a farm near the Canadian border that has been in their family for more than a century.
Farming with my father since 1983 – 1,600 hectares of crops (30 hectares under center pivot irrigation) and 100 beef cattle. In 2005 started South Africa’s first corn ethanol plant with his brother.
Grows cotton, maize and groundnuts, keep cattle, goats and poultry. Farm is semi-mechanized. Planting, picking, grading and baling are done manually.
More than 20,000 hectares used for seed multiplication, avocado trees, wine grapes, cattle cows, corn, potatoes and forest. More than 3,000 are under mechanical irrigation.
Managing farm finances, irrigation, seed production – 2 farms totaling 1600 hectares – 900 hectares of corn, 700 hectares rotates into durum wheat – pivots and sprinklers for irrigation – 5 employees + family members
Farm 190,000 acres – 108,000 acres of corn, soybean, wheat and sunflower. Soybeans are 100% GM, as is 80% of corn. We raise our own calves and purchase calves for our feedlots. Milk 1,900 cows.
Eight hectare farm of maize, cabbages, tomatoes. Also have cattle, donkeys, sheep and village chickens
Eve "Tepsy" Ntseoane is an emerging farmer, raising maize and beef cattle in Kaalfontein, Emfuleni Municipality in Gauteng Province, South Africa.
Agronomist, 3,200 hectare farm with 2,600 hectares under pivot irrigation – biotech corn and soybeans, garlic, carrots, 1100 cows. 650 employees, 350 fixed and 300 seasonal to harvest garlic.
Grows GM and hybrid crops, canola, wheat, oats and barley, soybeans, corn and sorghum, with some crops under irrigation. Raises breeding cattle and rents agricultural machinery. Active with the No Till Agriculture Foundation
Operate a small family farm (240 acres) northwest of Des Moines - Non irrigated at this time but are considering the possibility; raise corn, soybeans, sweet corn for farmers market and some specialty crops for a local company
Farmer who manages 3 farms (almost 2,000 acres), including his family farm. Produces corn, cotton, tomatoes, potatoes, sugar beet, sunflower, wheat and chickpeas. Uses innovative irrigation technology.
Francisco Gurría Treviño is a veterinarian, a former Undersecretary of Agriculture and Livestock and Permanent Advisor to the Mexican Corn Producer Association in Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico. He is currently the General Coorindator of Livestock for the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA).
Grows Cotton and Cereals on more than 100 ha and raises over 100 head of livestock, active in farmer organizations on issues involving international trade
Gilbert Arap Bor grows maize, vegetables and dairy cows on a small-scale farm of 25 acres in Kapseret, near Eldoret, Kenya. Mr. Bor, a lecturer at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa’s Eldoret Campus (Gaba), is a Global Farmer Network member and was the 2011 Kleckner Trade & Technology Advancement Award recipient.
Work on 55,000 hectare farm, one of the largest in Europe – actively involved in promoting biotechnology.
13,000 acre grain and oilseed farm – GM canola, corn and soybeans, also perennial rye grass, winter wheat, oats, feed wheat canola, hemp, sunflowers – Variable rate fertility, RTK/GPS and mapping of all operations. 6 fulltime, 22 Part-time employees
600 hectare farm – grows corn and wheat – 200 dairy cows, uses conservation tillage, leader in conservation tillage organization
Grew up on family fairy farm. After college, worked on another farm and for a cooperative. Ran his own fruit and vegetable business in the 1990s. Involved in numerous agricultural organizations.
Main crops in the region: tomato, corn, beans
Gerrid Gust and his family raise canola, lentils, flax and cereal grains including durum and soft white wheat on the Canadian prairies.
Georgina “Gina” Gutierrez is a fifth generation dairy farmer in the central region of Mexico. Committed to telling the farmers story and promote milk consumption and it’s benefits through social media, Gina is a member of the Global Farmer Network.
Grows wheat, aromatic basmati and parmal rice, Bt cotton, desi cotton and guar. He embraces new technology including GM crops, and he helps guide his fellow and young farmers with farm technologies.
Heather Baldock and her husband Graeme grow wheat, barley, canola, peas and lupins on a 3rd generation family farm on Eyre Peninsula, South Australia.
Came home to the family farm after education and work in the UK. Integrated technology, machinery and high yield systems management into growing corn and silage for large dairies.
Hope Pjesky and her family are farmers /ranchers in northern Oklahoma where they raise stocker cattle and hard red winter wheat. Hope has a strong interest in global trade that has been supported by her selection as an Eisenhower Agriculture Fellow and later through a McCloy Agriculture Fellowship. Hope is a member of the Farm Foundation, hosts international agricultural fellows from other countries in Oklahoma and Washington, DC. and provides leadership to the Oklahoma Agriculture Leadership Program. She also volunteered for several years as a board member for the Global Farmer Network.
Grows legumes because they are more drought resistant. Certified seed producer. As her business grew, she purchased processing and packaging equipment and embarked on a marketing program to sell her seed at markets.
Associate Professor in beef production – farm is 1059 hectares – owned by 4 investors since 2007 – developing 720 cow dairy – 16 employees, 37 contract workers, coffee plantation
Ian Pigott runs a diversified farming business in Harpenden, UK. Located just 20 miles from the centre of London, he grows wheat, oilseed, rape and oats in rotation. The farm is a LEAF (linking environment and farming) demonstration farm. Ian is a Global Farmer Network member.
Agronomist Engineer – active with the National Seed Institute and other agricultural organizations.
Involved in three farming enterprises across a total of about 5,000 hectares, growing cotton, wheat, sorghum and chickpeas. Involved with a farmer organization to ensure timely access to agricultural biotechnology. Kleckner Award winner - 2008
Agronomist – farms 3650 hectares, 1000 of them are drip irrigation olive. Co-owner of a co- operative which makes and sells its own oil. Produces wine from a 100 hectare vineyard
Jake Freestone is the farm manager at Overbury Farms, located in the West Midlands, United Kingdom, where they grow bread-making wheat, rapeseed oil, malting barley, peas, linseed and soya along with 1,200 ewes.
Farm 130 hectares of Bt maize, Farm is located in a region dominated by small farms. Through the constitution of a Production Zone I could plant 100% of the area (130ha in 2009) with GM corn.
Director of 2 farms – one with 350,000 hectares of livestock production, the other, 20,000 hectares of GM soybeans, hybrid corn, wheat, canola and eucalyptus. Recently started 200 hectare family farm – 50% arable, no till, 50% forest.
Jim McCarthy, a first generation farmer based in Kildare, Ireland, farms in three continents – Europe, South America and North America - growing wheat, soybeans, corn, canola, peas, oats and dairy.
Third generation family farm - 4,500 hectares – alfalfa, corn, wheat, barley, tomatoes, cauliflower, broccoli – also raise cattle and sheep - grow Bt corn
Since 1986, CEO of a Portuguese Group of Agriculture enterprises. 3,700 acres, 90% irrigated – olive trees, plums, peaches, cork trees, eucalyptus; corn, wheat, sunflower, oats – 400 hectare under center pivot, 250 beef cattle
Fourth generation farmer - 400 hectares –grows sorghum, sunflowers, wheat, barley, alfalfa peas, beans. Added center pivots in the 1980s to grow corn. In 2000 planted 33 Hectares of grapevine and in 2005 built a winery.
Jose runs a 1200 acre cattle farm that has been the main family business for over 40 years. The farm now produces cassava, corn, beef cattle and milk for the local market. Rosales partnered with a local hydropower developer to build a small hydropower plant on the farm.
Jennie Schmidt is a third-generation farmer growing grains, vegetables and wine grapes on a family farm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The farm’s mission is to practice “synergistic farming” using the best of all farming methods to create healthy soils and sustain healthy food production. As a farmer, mom and registered dietitian, Jennie is passionate about connecting people with food and farming.
Breeding operation in the sheep and beef industries – export genetics to Australia and Bangladesh. Raise forage crops. Board member of the Veterinary Council of New Zealand and of The Red Meat Partnership.
Grows rice, corn, vegetables and cotton and is actively engaged in dairy development in his region. He played a crucial role in drafting the vision statement of agriculture for Prime Minister Modi’s election.
Forty-five cow dairy with robotic milkers. Past president of the New Brunswick Young Farmers Forum. A true ag ambassador; the farm hosts many visitors including school groups.
Farms in partnership with his brother, where he also is a licensed grain dealer. Served on the state Corn Promotion Board and worked in leadership with the National Corn Growers Association’s Trade Policy and Biotech Action Team.
Knud was raised on a 4th generation family farm. After college, he interned for 6 months on a farm in England, then started his own farm in 1987. He grows grains, oilseed and grass seed on 200 hectares and grass for hay on another 100 hectares.
Manages 350 workers growing wheat, barley, canola, corn, soybeans, sunflower, sugar beets and vegetables; 850 cow dairy, 750 sow pork operation
Dr. Kelly Manton-Pearce, along with her husband Alan, grow canola, wheat, barley, oaten-hay and sheep in Western Australia. In addition to farming, Kelly is a Nuffield Scholar and Research Fellow with Murdoch University
Kaahwa Jean is a fish farmer, entrepreneur and consultant. He is the Managing Director of Shalom Fish Farms Ltd. and Africa Agribusiness Services Ltd. He started as a fish farmer producing table fish, fish fingerlings and offering aquaculture services. He’s engaged in horticulture, dairy and poultry.
Farms 3,400 hectares of corn, winter wheat, barley, durum wheat, sunflower, rape, sugar beets and other small crops.
After earning an MBA and working in agribusiness, returned to the family business as a swine, beef and coffee producer. Has launched a branded pork product. Is a co-founder of FarmPage.
Lili graduated from Sichuan Agricultural University with a Master’s degree in microbiology. She worked for the government, and in 2011 she decided to start her own farm. She farms on more than 800 acres of leased land – fruits, vegetables, and vegetable seed.
Le Thi Trang Nha grows vegetables, melon, bananas and citrus fruits on Unifarm in Binh Duong Province, Vietnam. Nha is passionate about moving Vietnamese agriculture and positively impacting the rural economy as a member of the Global Farmer Network.
Hafers was born in Santos, São Paulo, in 1935, and presided over the Brazilian Rural Society (SRB) in the period between 1996 and 2002. Hafers worked as a broker and exporter of cotton in the family business between the 50s and 70s. From foreign trade, he expanded his activities to agriculture, planting coffee in Northern Paraná, first on leased land, and from 1962 onwards own land. Still in the 1970s, it started forestry and expanded its business to the industrial sector, with the foundation of Pisa Papel de Imprensa S / A. He was president of the Paranaense Association of Coffee Growers (Apac) and founder of the managing institution of the Coffee Museum and the Museum of Immigration.
Farms 2,000 acres – grows soybeans, barley, wheat, oats, canola, specialty beans, grass seed. First planted biotech crops in 1998 – appreciated better weed control, diversified crop rotations, better yields and profits
Since 1993 has managed 10,000 acres of irrigated land producing root vegetables (potatoes, onions, carrots and parsnips) and cereals crops (rye, barley and wheat). The farm employs 100 people.
Own 400 acre farm in the Red River Valley. The farm is black soil and produces a variety of crops, GMO and conventional. We have grown cereals, canola, sunflowers and pulse crops. It is absolutely flat and worked corner to corner.
A third-generation farmer from South Dakota – farms with father and uncle, 3,300 acres of corn, soybeans and hay. 430 cow dairy, and raise replacement heifers. Active in telling the story of agriculture
Runs Unifarm, a global GAP certified 1000 plus acre fruit and vegetable farm in Binh Duong province. Grows melon, banana, jack fruit and other vegetables. A respected name among very few high tech farms in Vietnam.
Recovered farmland that was degraded because of sugar cane production. Now it grows soy, corn, wheat and coffee – awarded for the best coffee quality in Parana State and Brazil.
700 acre farm in the valley of Jamastran located west of Tegucigalpa the capital of Honduras. Corn (300 acres) Dairy – 280 head, 90 milk cows; most farming is done by machine – including the milking
Lydia Sasu has dedicated her life to improving the lives of rural women farmers. As a family farmer and Executive Director of the Development Action Association (DAA) in Ghana, Lydia.
3,000 acres of wheat, barley, canola rotation. Canola grown is a mix of conventional, Roundup Ready, Clearfield and IT varieties. No-till, controlled traffic cropping system with full stubble retention. 600 merino sheep.
Returned to his family farm in 2007 after working in finance as an exchange trader. Raises lentils, wheat, canola and other crops. Family operates aerial spraying and crop inputs businesses.
Michael Allen farms with his son in the North Eastern Part of South Africa in the Province of Mpumalanga. They produce corn and soya beans on 1000 hectares (almost 2400 acres).
Third generation farmer and rancher, veterinarian. Operates 500 head cow/calf business and 25,000 head feedlot; grows forage and grain.
Maria Gabriela Cruz manages a 500 hectare farm in Elvas, Portugal that has been in their family for over 100 years. Growing maize, wheat, barley and green peas, they use no-till or reduced till methods on the full farm. She has grown biotech maize since 2006.
Maria Beatriz Pilu Giraudo is a fifth-generation farmer, who with her family, grow soy, wheat, barley, corn, sorghum and livestock and advocate no-till in central Argentina. Maria has been recognized as the 2016 recipient of the Kleckner Award.
Farms 2100 acres of row crops (corn, cotton, rice, soybeans – mostly flood irrigated) in partnership with son. Have 3 full time employees with additional seasonal employees. Most crops are genetically enhanced.
Mr. Jandreau died on April 3, 2015 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. During his leadership the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe expanded their agriculture development through popcorn, commercial buffalo and cattle herd and selling products under the name Lakota Foods.
Seven hectare farm of maize, cotton, groundnuts, round nuts, sweet potatoes and sorghum. Four family members work on the farm, up to 5 more people work on the farm for hand weeding and cotton picking times.
Has farmed with her husband since 1978 - 900 hectares – grow wheat, canola, beef cattle and prime lambs. Organized various GM information sessions for local and regional farmers.
Agricultural Engineer; farm with two brothers. 2,225 acres – wheat, soybeans, corn – double crop production; in spite of hard economic conditions, biotechnology use is remarkably high.
Mr. Motlatsi Musi grows maize, beans, potatoes, breeding pigs and cows on 21 hectares he acquired in 2004 through the Land Redistribution for Agricultural Development Program (LRAD) in South Africa. He was recognized Oct 17 in Des Moines, Iowa as the 2017 Kleckner Award recipient.
Cereal and oilseed producer, potatoes – both fresh and processed, cattle, dairy, and an irrigation equipment dealer. He has been a high value spokesman for the special economic challenges faced by Argentinian farmers.
Farms 1,300 acres - mainly corn and soybeans - Leader of the Italian corn grower association. Expertise in conservation tillage
Mel and her husband Mike operate a 2500 acres beef and sheep business. Their livestock is 100% grass fed. Over 95% of their farm product (lamb, beef and wool) is exported. The business also has a sheep stud, breeding Perendale composite rams.
27-acre farm – grows Bt cotton, chilies, maize and paddy. Livestock includes four bulls and five cows. Out of the total of 27 acres, 11 acres are under drip irrigation, and 16 acres under flooded irrigation. Four people work on the farm.
Nancy Kavazanjian and her husband Charles Hammer are innovative crop row farmers growing corn, soybeans and wheat in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.
Nyasha Mudukuti grows sorghum and maize on a family farm in Zimbabwe. She is currently studying Biotechnology at Chinhoyi University of Technology and was selected as one of 6 young scientists to attend the Open Forum for Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa (OFAB).
Lead a local farmers group whose 800 producers cover 2500 hectares of crops, 2 growing seasons per year – grow maize, sorghum and wheat
Became engaged in his father’s farm in 2005 - 400 hectares growing maize and rye. The rest is covered by other energy crops. The crop is exclusively feeding a biogas plant on farm generating a power output of 500kw/h.
General Director of NIBULON Ltd., a company leading agricultural change in Ukraine. Invested in a logistics system for transportation, storage and processing of ag products. Introduced corn production into Ukraine.
Grow wheat, malting barley, rape seed, sugar beet and green peas on 3000 acres. Member of Swedish Parliament, 2007- Member of the committees on Agricultural and Environment, and Civil Law.
Sixth generation farmer, with her husband and 2 sons – grow corn and soybeans on 2,700 acres. All seeds planted are genetically modified with traits to improve plant health. Tillage practices include: no-till, minimum till and strip till.
Pierre Kamere Munyura is a coffee grower and processor, growing coffee on 25 acres in the Western Province, Rwanda.
Mr. PPS Pangli grows wheat, rice, basmati non-scented, corn, pulses, garlic, onion, mustard and seed production for fodder and seasonal vegetables on a farm located at his ancestral village Panglian, District Ludhiana in the State of Punjab located in North India. Mr. Pangli chairs India’s United Farmer Empowerment Initiative, is a farmer leader of the Borlaug Farmers Association for South Asia and is a member of the Global Farmer Network.
Farms on 400 hectares of mixed arable land – cereals, vegetables and 400 head of grazing beef cattle. He was involved in the UK Farm Scale Evaluation (FSE) trials for GM crops in the country.
Director General of UNIPRO, an organization of 2,000 farmers. Farmers here are progressive and grow mostly yellow corn. They know the benefits of biotech corn, most interested in drought tolerance because it is a dry area.
Richard Franke Dijkstra farms with his family in Southern Brazil where they grow soybeans, edible beans, corn, wheat, barley, ray grass and black oats; 50% of the soybeans and corn they plant are GM and 100% of the operation is no-tillage. Richard and his brother-in-law also operate a 480 cow dairy and raise 4000 hogs annually.
Rosalie Ellasus is a first-generation farmer, growing corn and rice in San Jacinto, Philippines. Rosalie allows her farm to be used as a demonstration pilot for smallholder farmers to visit and learn from. She currently serves as President of the Philippine Maize Federation and is a member of the Truth About Trade & Technology Global Farmer Network.
Richard Fordyce is a fourth generation farmer growing corn, soybeans and beef cattle on a family farm in North Central Missouri. He serves the State of Missouri as the Director for the Department of Agriculture.
Rajesh Kumar farms 120 acres in two regions of India, using irrigation to grow brinjal, sweet corn, baby corn, tomatoes and other vegetables. He sells fresh produce directly to consumers through kiosks at several locations and runs a food processing unit for canning of vegetables. Mr. Kumar is a member of the TATT Global Farmer Network and recipient of the 2012 TATT Kleckner Trade & Technology Advancement award.
R. Madhavan grows three different crops a year on his farm near Ulundhai Village, Tamil Nadu, India. Madhavan has several patents for farmer-friendly farm tools, conducts workshops that encourage entrepreneurs to take up agriculture as a profession.
Ruramiso Mashumba grows snap peas, maize, whole brown rice, sorghum, millet and gum trees in eastern Zimbabwe. In 2017 she was recognized as an Echoing Green Fellow and elected deputy of the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions, and is the National Youth Chairperson for the Zimbabwe Farmers Union as well as a member of the Global Farmer Network.
Supervise personal investments in production of corn, cassava, high value crops, and fruits. Involved in advocacy groups; Philippine Maize Federation, Northern Mindanao Poultry Industry Association.
Agricultural Engineer, active in no-till association, farming since 1970 – 400 acres of biotech corn and sorghum - generates 60 jobs
Roman Warzecha grows maize, sweet corn, rape and cherries on a family farm in the Mazowia region of Poland. Mr. Warzecha leads maize and triticale research at Poland’s Institute of Plant Breeding and Acclimatization (IHAR) and is a member of the TATT Global Farmer Network.
72 hectare farm – grows mangoes, sweet tamarind, teak trees. Also finance other farmers to produce 4,500 hectares of maize production and 4,000 acres of mungbean and other bean production
Grows more than 25,000 hectares of soybeans, corn, eucalyptus and sugarcane in different regions of Brazil. Active in agricultural organizations
Cooperative farm - 7,918 hectares of winter wheat, oilseed rape, malting barley, bt corn for silage, sunflowers, mustard, sugar beets – 650 cow dairy, 750 heifers, 600 bulls with capacity for 1200 – 120 employees.
Seven hectare farm of maize, cotton, groundnuts, round nuts, sweet potatoes and sorghum. Four family members work on the farm, up to 5 more people work on the farm for hand weeding and cotton picking times.
President and Owner of Agrofood Company which produces, processes, packs and exports vegetables – 100 employees and 500 seasonal workers. Farm 3,000 hectares. Five company packinghouses for root crops, fresh vegetables and citrus
Agricultural Engineer – Farms 794 hectares – also rents 12,000 hectares to grow wheat, oats, rye, barley, corn, peas, soy, sorghum, and sunflower. Rents: 28,000 hectares for beef production
Sudhindra Kulkarni grows GM cotton, pulses and cereals near the rural village of Malli in Karnataka State, India.
First generation farmer, runs a controlled traffic, inter-row seeding system on 640 acres of wheat, GM canola, barley, peas, faba beans in rotation; was the first in western Canada to develop a controlled traffic farming system.
Farming since 1990 – grows maize, sunflower, groundnuts, rape and tomatoes. My farming business improved when Pioneer was introduced to Zambia in 2007 by the Ministry of Agriculture and Co-operatives.
Pioneer TC banana grower in the region. Active in agricultural organizations. Has represented Kenya in Farmers’ meetings in Uganda, Tanzania and South Africa.
Started rose petal farm with her mother to produce freeze dried rose petals for the bridal industry; has also worked in cereal, beef and wool production.
Sarah Singla grows wheat, triticale for seed, rape, alfalfa, winter peas and many cover crops on a family farm in the South of France. Sarah is a Nuffield Scholar and member of the Global Farmer Network.
Sujatha owns 30 acres of agricultural land in Tamilnadu. She grows organic vegetables, sugarcane, and Bt cotton. She uses some of the organic farming principles in Bt cotton to increase the yield. Sujatha also raises cattle and goats.
Tim Couser farms with his parents on a family farm in Central Iowa where they grow corn, soybeans, hay, seed corn and seed soybeans along with a cattle finishing operation.
Transformed family business to grow coffee, macadamia nuts, avocados, timber, with dairy and sheep production. Employed up to 1,000 workers at peak periods.
Fifth generation farmer – grow potatoes, wheat, rice and corn on 500 acres. Son does tunnel farming, growing off-season vegetables and fruits. Forty employees on the farm. Irrigate with tube wells. Ninety cow dairy.
Led a 76,000 acre Navajo Nation Enterprise by utilization of 110,630 acre-feet of water. The company grows corn, alfalfa, barley, wheat, potatoes, popcorn, pumpkins and pinto beans.
Biotech cotton farmer – 10 hectares – have seen an increase in the use of biotech by smallholder farmers as they battle bollworms. Now more than 90% of local farmers use it.
Took over a farm in the Federal State of Mecklenburg – Western Pomerania in the eastern part of Germany after reunification in 1990. Farm is 650 hectares - canola, wheat, sweet corn and sugar beets.
Farm 48 hectares wheat, rice, vegetables, pulses, spices, mustard, and fennel with a team of 15 workers. Irrigation through bore wells, canal water and underground pipe lines.
Agronomist, Farms 500 hectares with his father; started "Petrosu Serv" to sell vegetable and grain seeds produced on the farm. Expanding their greenhouse vegetable production.
Business can import and fatten up to 114,000 cattle per year. They also produce compost and have 160 hectares of marginal land that experiments with compost usage for many different types of crops.
Dairy farmer who also grows silage, oats. Introduced dairy technology, modern feed rations, and set up a school to train farmers on dairying.
A founder of Dairy United Ltd. With 15 farms in Hohhot and Hailer of Inner Mongolia and more than 10,000 cows. The largest dairy cooperative in China, its model has been widely implemented since the 2008 Melamine Scandal.
Brian Kelley grows corn and soybeans on a family farm with his father and uncles near Normal, Illinois. Brian is a member of the TATT Global Farmer Network.
Duane Grant grows potatoes, malt barley, sugar beets, corn, dry beans, alfalfa, wheat and onion seed on a family farm in Idaho. Mr. Grant is a member of the TATT Global Farmer Network.
Joni Kamiya-Rose is a farmer’s daughter, health professional, wife and mother who grew up on a papaya farm in Hawaii.
Mark Jackson grows soybeans and corn on a family farm in SE Iowa. He has traveled extensively across the U.S. and around the world to learn more about soybean production.
Paul Rasgorshek runs a family farm near Nampa, Idaho. They grow sugar beets, alfalfa seed, sweet corn seed, peppermint, spearmint, garden beans and peas for seed, carrot seed, onion seed, silage corn, and hay on 3,900 acres of irrigated ground.
Tim Recker of Arlington, Iowa grows corn and soybeans on his farm. He's an ethanol user and racing enthusiast.