Farmers

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Leadership

Bill Horan

Bill Horan

Farmer, Iowa, USA

Bill Horan grows corn, soybeans and other grains with his brother on a family farm based in North Central Iowa. Bill volunteers as a board member for the Global Farmer Network.

Carol Keiser

Carol Keiser

Rancher, Florida & Indiana, USA

Carol is President of C-BAR Cattle Company, Inc. - established and currently manages operations for feeding 5,000 to 6000 head of cattle in Kansas, Nebraska, and Western Illinois. She advocates for young women in food and agriculture careers.

Craige Mackenzie

Craige Mackenzie

Farmer, Methven, New Zealand

Farming since 1978 on 200 hectares - seed crops including wheat, ryegrass, fescue, hybrid carrots, hybrid radish, spinach and chicory; use crop sensing, soil mapping, variable rate application of fertilizer, chemicals and irrigation. Partners in a 1200 cow dairy.

Cherilyn Nagel

Cherilyn Nagel

Farmer, Canada

Cherilyn and her family own a diversified grain farm in Mossbank, Saskatchewan, Canada. In addition to farming, Cherilyn is active in many agricultural policy initiatives to improve the sustainability of agriculture and advocate for modern agricultural practices. Cherilyn volunteers as a board member for the Western Canadian Wheat Growers and the Global Farmer Network.

Daniel Kelley

Daniel Kelley

Farmer, Illinois, USA

Daniel grows corn and soybeans in partnership with his brothers and son. Long history with agriculture cooperative systems, providing leadership to GROWMARK and CoBank.

Joanna Lidback

Joanna Lidback

Dairy Farmer, Vermont, USA

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 CFO and business manager at Adirondack Farms, LLC.

John Rigolizzo, Jr.

John Rigolizzo, Jr.

Farmer, New Jersey, USA

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

Mark Wagoner

Farmer, Washington, USA

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

Reg Clause

Farmer, Iowa, USA

Reg Clause is the fourth generation to manage the Clause Family Farm Jefferson, 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 A. Peiretti

Roberto A. Peiretti

Farmer, Cordoba Province, Argentina

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

Tim Burrack

Farmer, Iowa, USA

Tim grows corn, seed corn, soybeans and produces pork. Has been very involved with Mississippi River lock improvements and has traveled to Brazil to research their river, rail and road infrastructure changes.

Ted Sheely

Ted Sheely

Farmer, San Joaquin Valley, California, USA

Ted raises lettuce, cotton, tomatoes, onions, pistachios, wine grapes and garlic on a family farm. Chairman of Horizon Growers (pistachios). Long-standing interest and investment in water availability and quality. Received Innovative Water Conservation Award.

Terry Wanzek

Terry Wanzek

Farmer, North Dakota, USA

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.

V. Ravichandran

V. Ravichandran

Farmer, Tamil Nadu, India

On a sixty acre farm, Ravi grows Rice, Sugarcane, Cotton and pulses. To utilize water judiciously during summer months, he uses sprinklers and drip system. Has added mechanization to address labor shortage; 12 employees. Kleckner Award winner - 2013.

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CS Prakash

CS Prakash

Plant Biotech Researcher, Tuskegee University, Alabama, USA

Dr. Channa S. Prakash, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at Tuskegee University (USA) where he has served on faculty since 1989, is professor of crop genetics, biotechnology. Dr. Prakash is a leading proponent of science-based agricultural development, especially in the use of molecular techniques including genetically modified crops and genome engineering. His lab was among the first to develop transgenic sweet potato and peanut plants and conduct pioneering genomic studies on the peanut. Dr. Prakash has been a global leader in enhancing the societal awareness of crop and food biotechnology issues around the world for nearly three decades. Dr. Prakash was recognized for his outstanding work: 2015 Borlaug CAST Communication Award, recognized by Huffington Post as among the Top 30 social influencers in biopharma and biotech. He is globally ranked as number #1 influencer on 'agricultural biotechnology' issues.

Gilbert arap Bor

Gilbert arap Bor

Farmer, Kapseret, Kenya

Gilbert arap Bor grows maize, vegetables and dairy cows on a small-scale farm of 25 acres in Kapseret, near Eldoret, Kenya. He also lectures at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Eldoret campus and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Kenyan Fish Marketing Authority. Dr. Bor is the 2011 Kleckner Award recipient.

Maria Beatriz Pilu Giraudo

Maria Beatriz Pilu Giraudo

Farmer, Argentina

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.

Rob Horsch

Rob Horsch

Genetics Research Scientist, Washington, USA

Rob Horsch spent his entire career as an agricultural research and development specialist discovering, developing and deploying agricultural innovations that improve the welfare of farmers and consumers while protecting the environment and supporting broad, equitable economic growth and poverty reduction. His career has included building a billion-dollar portfolio of grants at the Gates Foundation and leading Monsanto's plant tissue culture and transformation efforts that led to improved crops grown by millions of farmers around the world. He received the National Medal of Technology from President Clinton, was appointed to the United Nations Millennium Project Task Force on Hunger and awarded Monsanto's highest award for science and technology.

Staff

Mary Boote

Mary Boote

CEO, Global Farmer Network
Kim Lang

Kim Lang

Chief Communications Officer, Global Farmer Network

Jane Schroeder

Global Farmer Roundtable Lead, Global Farmer Network

Leadership Emeritus

Keith Eckel

Keith Eckel

Farmer, Board Emeritus, Pennsylvania, USA

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.

Dean Kleckner

Dean Kleckner

(1932-2015) Farmer, Chairman Emeritus, Rudd, Iowa, USA
Craig Lang

Craig Lang

Farmer, Board Emeritus, Iowa, USA

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.

Bill Northey

Bill Northey

Farmer, Board Emeritus, Iowa, USA

Bill Northey is a corn and soybean farmer from Northwest Iowa. Bill served as President of the National Corn Growers Association and as the Secretary of Agriculture for the State of Iowa. In February 2018 he was confirmed as the Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services at the US Department of Agriculture.

John Reifsteck

John Reifsteck

Farmer, Board Emeritus, Illinois, USA

John Reifsteck operates a corn and soybean farm in western Champaign County, Illinois. He served on the Global Farmer Network Board of Directors, and is a former Chair. 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.

Bob Vice

Bob Vice

Farmer, Board Emeritus, California, USA

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.

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Adriel Dave 'AD' Alvarez

Adriel Dave 'AD' Alvarez

Farmer, Philippines

Farms in a group of small islands called Camotes Islands in Cebu, Philippines. The farm is 8 hectares and they rent 25-35 hectares for corn production. The mission of the farm is connected to community development and the idea of using farming as a tool to help other farmers improve their techniques to get them out of poverty.

Dr. Abdu Aziz

Dr. Abdu Aziz

Farmer, Afghanistan

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.

Angela Maria Cabal Barona

Angela Maria Cabal Barona

Farmer, Colombia

General manager of our family farm. 100 hectares of white corn production implementing a drying and storage system

Anthony Botchway

Anthony Botchway

Farmer, Ghana

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.

Adotei Brown

Adotei Brown

Farmer, Ghana

Awarded best farmer in Greater Accra region for production of rabbit and grasscutter (cane rat) meat.

Amador Sanchez Garcia

Amador Sanchez Garcia

Farmer, Mexico

10,000 acre farm grows corn, alfalfa and agave azul

Atsumi 'Amy' Goto

Atsumi 'Amy' Goto

Farmer, Japan

Farms with her father and two older brothers. Produce Japanese Green Tea on 10 hectares using the traditional method, Kamairi-cha. Also grow rice on 5 hectares and have about 20 beef breeding cattle. The cattle feed on forage and homemade rice silage.

Alice Kalya

Alice Kalya

Farmer, Kenya

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

Alanna Koch

Alanna Koch

Farmer, Canada

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.

Alfredo Gutierrez

Alfredo Gutierrez

Farmer, Mexico

Alfredo Gutierrez is an agronomist and fifth-generation dairy farmer in the central region of Mexico, where he is in charge of animal health and nutrition, equipment, technology, and crop production that includes a rotation of corn, triticale, barley, peas & rye grass.

Alfred M. Nderitu

Alfred M. Nderitu

Farmer, Kenya

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

Annechien ten Have Mellema

Farmer, Beerta, Netherlands

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 Osmond

Andrew Osmond

Farmer, United Kingdom

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 Sidibe

Amadou Sidibe

Farmer, Mali

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.

Allen Skogen

Allen Skogen

Farmer, United States

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

Arie Sulistyani

Arie Sulistyani

Farmer, Indonesia

Founded a womens 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

Andrew Weidemann

Farmer, Australia

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 and field peas, lentils, oaten and vetch hay along with White Suffolk prime lambs.

Benjamin Olumuyiwa Adewumi

Benjamin Olumuyiwa Adewumi

Farmer, Oyo State, Nigeria

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.

Bill Crabtree

Bill Crabtree

Farmer, Western Australia

Owns 7,000 acres of arable land in Western Australia at the edge of the Outback. This year he leased another 7,000 acres for 6 years. He grows wheat, canola. Longtime supporter and researcher of farmer access to innovative technologies. Professional agronomist.

Bishnu Hari Poudyal

Bishnu Hari Poudyal

Farmer, Nepal

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.

Balwinder Singh Kang

Balwinder Singh Kang

Farmer, India

Has farmed for 30 years, outspoken advocate for biotechnology, grows Bt cotton, hybrid vegetables, wheat, mustard, chick pea. Raises cows, goats and backyard poultry.

Bruno Bakasembe Matovu

Bruno Bakasembe Matovu

Farmer, Uganda

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

Chandrashekhar Bhadsavle

Chandrashekhar Bhadsavle

Farmer, India

Farming since 1976 - raised the farm to a status where many in society know about it and want to visit. Field crops, dairy, agro-forestry, aquaculture and horticulture + tourist destination. Advocates for the Saguna Rice Technique (SRT), which is conservation agriculture using zero tillage.

Charles Chenza

Charles Chenza

Farmer, Tanzania

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.

Cheng Cunwang

Cheng Cunwang

Farmer, China

DonDon Farm, is a combination of ecological agriculture and community support agriculture, production and farm management role-promoting Community Supported Agriculture and organic planting.

Chibuike Emmanuel

Chibuike Emmanuel

Farmer, Nigeria

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. Started with one pond and has now expanded to hold up to 5 tons of catfish per production cycle. Also grows vegetables using pond water for irrigation.

Carlos Font

Carlos Font

Farmer, Spain

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.

Cheryl Hazenberg

Cheryl Hazenberg

Farmer, Ireland

Farms with husband Kenneth Bray, who is the 8th generation of his family to farm this land. They milk primarily purebred Holsteins on 96 acres in the center of Ireland. They employ a primarily pasture-based system. Cheryl remains active in her family's Canadian beef farm and in the industry.

Camila Illich Rodrigues

Camila Illich Rodrigues

Farmer, Brazil

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

Csaba Machaty

Csaba Machaty

Farmer, Hungary

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.

Claude Menara

Claude Menara

Farmer, France

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.

Dymphnus de Geus

Dymphnus de Geus

Farmer, Brazil

Dimmy farmed rice, soybeans, wheat and corn while raising pigs, beef cattle and dairy cows in southern Brazil. In 1995 he sold his farm and bought new land in Maranhão State. As a pioneer farmer in the area, he used technology and conservation to achieve high yields. He farms about 2,000 hectares and is involving his daughter.

Diasso Dramane

Diasso Dramane

Farmer, Burkina Faso

16 hectare farm – grows cotton, corn, sorghum and cow pea – leader of local cotton producers cooperative.

Diego Guigou

Diego Guigou

Farmer, Uruguay

Agronomist, directing agricultural production on 40,000 hectares of wheat, canola, soybeans, corn and sorghum in a company that produces half of the total grain for ADP's six cattle feedlots. He plants GM crops.

David Hill

David Hill

Farmer, Norfolk, United Kingdom

David Hill is a third-generation mixed arable and livestock farmer, growing wheat, barley, canola, grass seeds and other crops in Norfolk, UK. He took part in trials of GM sugar beet and was so impressed he decided to start growing another GM crop on his farm under a government license.

David Hughes

David Hughes

Farmer, Argentina

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.

David K. Kosgei

David K. Kosgei

Farmer, Kenya

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

Doyle Lentz

Farmer, United States

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.

Derek Mathews

Derek Mathews

Farmer, South Africa

Derek has been farming with his father since 1983. They farm 1,600 hectares of crops (30 hectares under center pivot irrigation) and raise 100 beef cattle. In 2005, he started South Africa’s first corn ethanol plant with his brother.

Douglas Mbano

Douglas Mbano

Farmer, Malawi

Grows cotton, maize and groundnuts, keep cattle, goats and poultry. Farm is semi-mechanized. Planting, picking, grading and baling are done manually.

Dave Okech

Dave Okech

Farmer, Kenya

Large-scale cage fish farmer (26 cages/300 MTS of Tilapia/year) and small scale chicken farmer. Developed AquaRech App - allows farmers to access high quality feeds, manage farms, gain market access for their product. Has developed a digital thermometer that relays water temperature to farmers’ phones.

Eugenio Ariztia

Eugenio Ariztia

Farmer, Chile

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.

Evelyne Desrentes

Evelyne Desrentes

Farmer, France

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

Enrique Duhau

Enrique Duhau

Farmer, Argentina

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.

Elisha Lewanika

Elisha Lewanika

Farmer, Zambia

Eight hectare farm of maize, cabbages, tomatoes. Also have cattle, donkeys, sheep and village chickens

Eve Ntseoane

Eve Ntseoane

Farmer, South Africa

Eve "Tepsy" Ntseoane is an emerging farmer, raising maize and beef cattle in Kaalfontein, Emfuleni Municipality in Gauteng Province, South Africa.

Eduardo Sekita de Oliveira

Eduardo Sekita de Oliveira

Agronomist, Brazil

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.

Enrique Carlos Oyharzabal

Enrique Carlos Oyharzabal

Farmer, Uruguay

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

Edgard Ramirez

Edgard Ramirez

Farmer, Argentina

Family farmer, agronomist and advisor growing soybeans, corn, wheat on 275 hectares. He leads an international program to transfer no till technology to Africa, starting in Ghana and Guinea, growing corn and soybeans.

Eric Stall

Eric Stall

Farmer, Iowa, United States

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

Francisco Manuel Fernandez Camas

Francisco Manuel Fernandez Camas

Farmer, Spain

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 Gurrna Trevino

Francisco Gurrna Trevino

Veterinarian, Mexico

Veterinarian; consultant on agricultural water issues, Actively promoting technical assistance and technology transfer for the small farmer.

Francois Traore

Francois Traore

Farmer, Burkina Faso

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

Gheorge Lucian Buzdugan

Gheorge Lucian Buzdugan

Farmer, Romania

Gheorge works on a 55,000 hectare farm, one of the largest in Europe-actively involved in promoting biotechnology.

Gabriel Carballal

Gabriel Carballal

Farmer, Uruguay

Farm 5,000 hectares of wheat, barley, canola, oats, grass seeds, GMO soybean, GMO corn and sorghum. Produce livestock on 3,500 hectares - 1,700 head of British breed beef. Our 24 employees use the latest technology.

Gaytri Devi

Gaytri Devi

Farmer, India

Grows hybrid and organic crops; demonstrates new technology and seeds and transfers technology to farmers. Her farm is an experiential learning farm for youth and farmers. She works with fruit growers to help them get advisory services, technology, and connect them with other farmers who are using best practices.

Grant Dyck

Grant Dyck

Farmer, Canada

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

Giuseppe Elias

Giuseppe Elias

Farmer, Italy

Giuseppe Elias farms 600 hectares, growing corn and wheat; has 200 dairy cows, uses conservation tillage. He is a leader in conservation tillage organizations.

Giorgio Fidenato

Giorgio Fidenato

Farmer, Italy

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.

Guillermo Gastelum

Guillermo Gastelum

Farmer, Mexico

Main crops in the region: tomato, corn, beans

Gerrid Gust

Gerrid Gust

Farmer, Canada

Gerrid Gust and his family raise canola, lentils, flax and cereal grains including durum and soft white wheat on the Canadian prairies.

Georgina Gutierrez

Georgina Gutierrez

Dairy Farmer, Mexico

Gina is a 5th generation dairy farmer. Her family farm is in the central region of Mexico, and currently milks 420 cows. The farm has 40 hectares in crops: corn, barley, triticale and rye grass go into silage for the cattle. Gina works with her father, a veterinarian who is in charge of animal health and nutrition; and her brother, an agronomist, who takes care of the crops. Gina has been involved in the operation fulltime since 2008. In May 2015, Gina stepped up to start a Facebook page advocating for the dairy industry. La Vida Lactea now has nearly 30,000 followers. She completed a Master's Degree in Corporate Law and is part of the Young Dairy Leaders Class. She writes regularly for Ganadero and Hoard's Dairyman magazine en espanol. In 2018, Gina won the Global Farmer Network's Kleckner Award.

Gurjeet Singh Mann

Gurjeet Singh Mann

Farmer, India

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.

Grace Bwogi Namukasa

Grace Bwogi Namukasa

Farmer, Uganda

CEO of Bwogi Farms, since 2015. Passionate about goats and banana production. Involved in mobilization, training and inspiring thousands into the best management practices of agriculture. Founder and an executive committee member of Uganda Goat Farmers' Cooperative, a body aimed at bringing together goat farmers in order to boost production.

Heather Baldock

Heather Baldock

Farmer, Eyre Peninsula, Australia

Heather Baldock and her husband Graeme grow wheat, barley, canola, peas and lupins on a 3rd generation family farm on Eyre Peninsula, South Australia.

Hong 'Jenny' Cui

Hong 'Jenny' Cui

Farmer, China

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.

Henrique Fiorese

Henrique Fiorese

Farmer, Brazil

Henrique is a lawyer specializing in labor law. He is legal director of a Brazilian grain producers association, ABRASGRÃOS. He’s the third generation of their family farm, started when his grandfather came from Italy to Brazil. He farms with his father and brother. They grow soybeans, corn, field beans, wheat and sorghum on 2,800 hectares. Special care is given to 1,200 hectares of native forest.

Hope Pjesky

Hope Pjesky

Farmer & Rancher, Oklahoma, USA

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.

Happy Lungile Shongwe

Happy Lungile Shongwe

Farmer, Swaziland

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.

Isidro Antonio Matamoros Ochoa

Isidro Antonio Matamoros Ochoa

Farmer, Honduras

Isidro Antonio Matamoros Ochoa is an Associate Professor in beef production, farm 1,059 hectares – owned by 4 investors since 2007 – developing 720 cow dairy – 16 employees, 37 contract workers, coffee plantation.

Ian Pigott

Ian Pigott

Farmer, Harpenden, United Kingdom

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.

Ignacio Uranga

Ignacio Uranga

Agronomist Engineer, Argentina

Agronomist Engineer active with the National Seed Institute and other agricultural organizations.

Jeff Bidstrup

Jeff Bidstrup

Farmer, Queensland, Australia

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

Javier Callejas

Javier Callejas

Farmer, Nicaragua

Javier was born and raised in Nicaragua. During civil unrest in the 80's, the family migrated to Guatemala and then to the US. In 2015 he moved back to Nicaragua. He has a poultry farm that includes 13 chicken houses and an 870 acre sugar cane farm. They produce 530,000 chickens every 36-day cycle, totaling close to 7 cycles/year.

Jose Luis Gonzalez Chacon

Jose Luis Gonzalez Chacon

Farmer, Colombia

Jose Luis is a civil engineer who has come back to work on his family poultry farm within the past two years. The farm has 13 sheds that can house more than 500,000 birds at once. There are plans to build new facilities with more environmentally friendly technology, using solar energy and water recycling methods to keep the company as green as possible.

Jose Felipe da Costa de Castro Duarte

Farmer, Portugal

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.

Jesus Ricardo Charles Flores

Jesus Ricardo Charles Flores

Farmer, Mexico

Biotechnology student, founded an organization that disseminates ag technology projects. His family is dedicated to agriculture in northern Mexico. He has planted GM and conventional corn on his farm to demonstrate the difference.

Jake Freestone

Jake Freestone

Farmer, United Kingdom

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.

Joao Monteiro Grilo

Joao Monteiro Grilo

Farmer, Portugal

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.

Jorge Heisecke

Jorge Heisecke

Farmer, Paraguay

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, and 50% forest.

Joni Kamiya-Rose

Joni Kamiya-Rose

Farmer, Hawaii, USA

Passionate advocate for agriculture and technology use, daughter of a papaya farmer.

Jake Leguee

Jake Leguee

Farmer, Canada

Jake and his family farm ~ 12,000 acres GMO canola, wheat, durum, peas, GMO soybeans, flax and lentils. One of the first farms in the area to grow soybeans in 2010. Now considering corn. No-tilling for 20+ years.

Jim McCarthy

Jim McCarthy

Farmer, Kildare, Ireland

First generation farmer - 1800 acres, grows wheat, barley and oilseed rape. Shareholder in a large dairy in the U.S. Managing Director of a business which owns and manages 30,000 acres of arable crops in Argentina. Kleckner Award winner - 2009.

Jane Mutatu

Jane Mutatu

Farmer, Zimbabwe

Nursing relatives, she sought our physicians who guided her to experiment with soybeans as a cheap protein source. Now has trained over 10,000 women in soybean farming. Founder of Bashan Farm, VP of Zimbabwe National Soybean Association.

Jose Manuel Pomarsasot

Jose Manuel Pomarsasot

Farmer, Spain

Third generation family farm - 4,500 hectares alfalfa, corn, wheat, barley, tomatoes, cauliflower, broccoli also raise cattle and sheep - grow Bt corn

Jose Maria Pizarro de Melo Telo Rasquilha

Jose Maria Pizarro de Melo Telo Rasquilha

Farmer, Portugal

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

John Rigolizzo, Jr.

John Rigolizzo, Jr.

Farmer, New Jersey, USA

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.

John Rigolizzo IV

John Rigolizzo IV

Farmer, New Jersey, USA

Passionate student, involved in the family farm.

Jose Luis Romeo Martin

Jose Luis Romeo Martin

Farmer, Spain

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 Joaquin Rosales

Jose Joaquin Rosales

Farmer, Honduras

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

Jennie Schmidt

Farmer, Maryland, USA

Jennie is a third generation farmer. The family farm grows grains, vegetables and wine grapes 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.

Jane Smith

Jane Smith

Farmer, New Zealand

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.

Jayapal Reddy Solleti

Jayapal Reddy Solleti

Farmer, India

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.

Julio Speroni

Julio Speroni

Farmer, Argentina

Julio farms 2,200 hectares in the province on Entre Rios. He plants corn, soybeans, sorghum, wheat and rice grass and has a cow/calf operation. He also manages over 10,000 hectares of row crops and feedlot operations for customers in the province of Buenos Aires. He graduated in agricultural business at Iowa State University.

Joas VanOord

Joas VanOord

Farmer, Canada

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.

Jim Zimmerman

Jim Zimmerman

Farmer, United States

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 Associations Trade Policy and Biotech Action Team.

Knud Bay-Smidt

Knud Bay-Smidt

Farmer, Denmark

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.

Kornelis Keese Huizinga

Farmer, Ukraine

Manages 350 workers growing wheat, barley, canola, corn, soybeans, sunflower, sugar beets and vegetables; 850 cow dairy, 750 sow pork operation

Ken Kamiya

Ken Kamiya

Farmer, Hawaii, USA

Kim farms 25 acres Papaya farm and wholesaling business – farm uses PRSV resistant transgenic cultivars. He has a papaya variety named after him.

Kelly Manton-Pearce

Kelly Manton-Pearce

Farmer, Australia

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 Rwamukaga

Kaahwa Jean Rwamukaga

Farmer, Uganda

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.

Kornal Vancsura

Farmer, Hungary

Farms 3,400 hectares of corn, winter wheat, barley, durum wheat, sunflower, rape, sugar beets and other small crops.

Lucio Alamy

Lucio Alamy

Farmer, Brazil

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 Duan

Lili Duan

Farmer, China

Lili graduated from Sichuan Agricultural University with a Masters 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.

Nha Thi Trang Le

Nha Thi Trang Le

Farmer, Vietnam

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.

Luiz Marcos Suplicy Hafers

Luiz Marcos Suplicy Hafers

(1935-2016) Farmer, Brazil

Hafers was born in Santos, So 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 Paran, 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.

Lorne Hamblin

Lorne Hamblin

Farmer, Canada

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

Lindsay Hargreaves

Lindsay Hargreaves

Farmer, United Kingdom

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.

Les Kletke

Les Kletke

Farmer, Canada

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.

Laura Nielson

Laura Nielson

Farmer, South Dakota, United States

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.

Leonardo Olivera

Leonardo Olivera

Farmer, Uruguay

Farms and works for the biggest farming coop in Uruguay as an agronomic engineer. Seed specialist in this coop of ~3000 partner producers. Collaborates with the USDA, providing ag statistics, crop forecasting, livestock and dairy info for Uruguay.

Liem Quoc Pham

Liem Quoc Pham

Farmer, Vietnam

Runs Unifarm, a global GAP certified 400 plus hectare fruit and vegetable farm in Binh Duong province. Grows muskmelon, banana, jack fruit and other vegetables. A respected name among very few high tech farms in Vietnam.

Luiz Roberto Saldanha Rodrigues

Luiz Roberto Saldanha Rodrigues

Farmer, Brazil

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.

Luis E. Rodriguez

Luis E. Rodriguez

Farmer, Honduras

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

Larry Sailer

Larry Sailer

Farmer, Iowa, United States

Fourth generation farmer – bought his first farm in 1972. Currently farms 400 acres of corn and soybeans, mostly under no-till. All of his crops use GMO technology in order to make his conservation program feasible. 2018 will be his 45th harvest. Larry advocates for agriculture, giving many speeches and building his presence on social media.

Lydia Sasu

Lydia Sasu

Farmer, Ghana

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.

Louise Staley

Louise Staley

Farmer, Australia

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.

Levi Wood

Levi Wood

Farmer, Canada

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

Michael Allen

Farmer, South Africa

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).

Mesut Cetin

Mesut Cetin

Farmer, Turkey

Third generation farmer and rancher, veterinarian. Operates 500 head cow/calf business and 25,000 head feedlot; grows forage and grain.

Maria Gabriela Cruz

Maria Gabriela Cruz

Farmer, Elvas, Portugal

Maria Gabriela Cruz manages a 700 hectare farm in Elvas, Portugal that has been in their family for over 100 years. Growing maize, wheat, barley, green peas and clover, they use no-till or strip-till on the full farm. She has grown biotech maize since 2006. Cruz was the Kleckner Award winner in 2010.

Maria Beatriz Pilu Giraudo

Maria Beatriz Pilu Giraudo

Farmer, Argentina

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.

Mike Geske

Mike Geske

Farmer, United States

Farm 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.

Marcos Guigou

Marcos Guigou

Farmer, Uruguay

Grows soybeans, corn, wheat, barley, oats, canola and sorghum. All corn and soy production is GMO. Irrigates 10% of production. No till farmer. Livestock production on natural pasture. Involved in global grain trade.

Mark Heckman

Mark Heckman

Farmer, Iowa, USA

Director, Iowa Corn Promotion Board, Board Member, US Grains Council. Farms about 1500 acres and raises hogs. Co-owner and President of Main Street Ag, LLC which advises on and sells cover crops, and offers risk management consulting services.

Michael B. Jandreau

Michael B. Jandreau

(1943-2015) Farmer, United States

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.

Martha Kanengoni

Martha Kanengoni

Farmer, Zimbabwe

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.

Maree McKay

Maree McKay

Farmer, Australia

Has farmed with her husband since 1978 - 900 hectares – grows wheat, canola, beef cattle and prime lambs. Organized various GM information sessions for local and regional farmers.

Marcelo J. Merce

Agricultural Engineer, Argentina

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.

Motlatsi Musi

Motlatsi Musi

Farmer, South Africa

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.

Martin Pasman

Martin Pasman

Farmer, Argentina

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.

Marco Aurelio Pasti

Marco Aurelio Pasti

Farmer, Italy

Farms 1,300 acres - mainly corn and soybeans - Leader of the Italian corn grower association. Expertise in conservation tillage

Mel Poulton

Mel Poulton

Farmer, New Zealand

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.

Mekala Velangan Reddy

Mekala Velangan Reddy

Farmer, India

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.

Megz Reynolds

Megz Reynolds

Farmer, Canada

Megz is a grain farmer in SW Saskatchewan. She and her husband are no-till farmers. They grow about 2,800 acres of barley, durum wheat, large green lentils and flax. She’s an advocate for agriculture and good policy and is passionate about developing consumer trust in farmers. She has a strong following on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Malwinder Singh Malhi

Malwinder Singh Malhi

Farmer, Punjab State, India

Third generation farmer growing rice, wheat, potatoes, peas and fodder crops of oats, rye grass and mustard on their 25-acre family farm in Punjab State. He’s a strong supporter of GM and hybrid crops. Has over 30 years of experience working with farmers on the transfer of agricultural technologies to increase productivity.

Moses Nganwani Tia

Moses Nganwani Tia

Farmer, Ghana

Third generation farmer - produces maize, rice, soybeans, yam, cassava and vegetables and has mango and cashew plantations along with cattle, sheep, goats and pigs on 50 hectares. Tia is country director of the Savannah Young Farmers Network, a leading farmer development organization in Africa which gives farmers a voice in the global debate on food and nutrition security.

Nancy Kavazanjian

Nancy Kavazanjian

Farmer, Wisconsin, United States

Nancy Kavazanjian and her husband Charles Hammer are innovative crop row farmers growing corn, soybeans and wheat in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

Nyasha Mudukuti

Nyasha Mudukuti

Farmer, Zimbabwe

Smallholder studying Biotechnology. Helped with virus elimination of sweet potatoes and cassava, and was selected to attend the Open Forum for Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa. Studied at Michigan State on a MasterCard scholarship.

Olga Alcaraz Andrade

Farmer, Mexico

Lead a local farmers group whose 800 producers cover 2500 hectares of crops, 2 growing seasons per year – grow maize, sorghum and wheat.

Onyaole Patience Koku

Onyaole Patience Koku

Farmer, Nigeria

Patience's farm is located on the Jere Azara irrigation scheme, Kagarko Local government, in Kaduna State Nigeria. The farm is 500 hectares of leased land and produces two crops annually under center pivot irrigation. They grow mostly seed corn for Monsanto and corn grain for major food processing companies in Nigeria, like Flour Mills of Nigeria. She is the recipient of the 2019 Kleckner Award from the Global Farmer Network and 2018 Cornell Alliance For Science Farmer of the year. She also serves on the Cornell Alliance For Science advisory board. In her short time as a member of the GFN, she has already advocated on major stages, including at The 2019 GES summit, a side event of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Committee of World Food Security in Rome, Italy and at the Future of Farming Dialogue in Monheim, Germany.

Oliver Ransmann

Oliver Ransmann

Farmer, Germany

Became engaged in his fathers 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.

Oleksiy Vadaturskyy

Oleksiy Vadaturskyy

Agricutrual Technology, Ukraine

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.

Otto von Arnold

Otto von Arnold

Farmer, Sweden

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.

Pam Johnson

Pam Johnson

Farmer, United States

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

Pierre Kamere Munyura

Farmer, Rwanda

Pierre Kamere Munyura is a coffee grower and processor, growing coffee on 25 acres in the Western Province, Rwanda.

Pavitar Pal Singh Pangli

Pavitar Pal Singh Pangli

Farmer, India

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 Indias 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.

Paul M. Temple

Paul M. Temple

Farmer, United Kingdom

Paul 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.

Pedro Vigneau

Pedro Vigneau

Farmer, Bolivar, Argentina

Pedro Vigneau is a fifth-generation farmer, raising cattle and growing crops for fodder and grains, including GM soya, in Central Argentina. Passionate about the benefits of no-till farming and the use of technology to protect the environment.

Ruben Chavez

Ruben Chavez

Farmer, Mexico

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.

Reg Clause

Reg Clause

Farmer, Iowa, USA

Reg Clause is the fourth generation to manage the Clause Family Farm Jefferson, 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.

Richard Dijkstra

Richard Dijkstra

Farmer, Brazil

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

Rosalie Ellasus

Farmer, San Jacinto, Philippines

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

Richard Fordyce

Farmer, United States

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.

Ryan Milos Romeo Gamboa

Ryan Milos Romeo Gamboa

Farmer, Philippines

Sugarcane farmer. He has 40 hectares of land in the mountains and a 22-hectare farm in the city proper, where 5 of those hectares have been converted to fruit, poultry and swine production. Ryan was recently elected president of the Philippine Councilors League (PCL) - Negros Occidental Chapter. He has been a Silay City councilor.

Rodney Kili

Rodney Kili

Farmer, Kenya

Rodney Kili is a second-generation farmer, growing maize, malting barley, wheat, sunflower and canola with minimum tillage and GPS in Uasin Gishu County, Kenya. They use minimum tillage and GPS. They have 25 dairy cows and are working to expand that business.

Rajesh Kumar

Rajesh Kumar

Farmer, India

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.

Rajaram Madhavan

Rajaram Madhavan

Farmer, Tamil Nadu, India

Rajaram 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

Ruramiso Mashumba

Farmer, Zimbabwe

Ruramiso Mashumba is a young woman farmer growing snap peas, maize, whole brown rice, sorghum, millet, gum trees and raises pigs in Marondera, Zimbabwe. She holds a BA Degree in Agriculture Business Management from the University of West England. Ruramiso has been recognized as the 2020 GFN Kleckner Award recipient. Ruramiso is the founder of Mnandi Africa, an organization that helps rural woman combat poverty and malnutrition by empowering and equipping women with skills and knowledge in agriculture, nutrition, markets and technology; assisting them with access to agro technology through an input-sharing program; and collectively purchase and sell goods and services. Mnandi's vision is to ultimately end hunger and poverty. In 2017, Ruramiso was named an Echoing Green Fellow and is the vice chairperson for the Southern African Confederation of Agriculture Unions youth ambassadors for the region. In 2018 Ruramiso won the iconic African award for farming and agriculture. She also won the JCI top 10 young persons award in 2019. In 2020 Ruramiso was named one of the top 1,000 entrepreneurs in Zimbabwe and also recognized as one of the top 54 women in Africa.

Roger Villacorta Navarro

Roger Villacorta Navarro

Farmer, Philippines

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.

Roger Edgardo Padilla Ramirez

Roger Edgardo Padilla Ramirez

Farmer, Honduras

Agricultural Engineer, active in no-till association, farming since 1970 400 acres of biotech corn and sorghum - generates 60 jobs

Roman Warzecha

Roman Warzecha

Farmer, Mazowia, Poland

PhD plant breeder and author of 4 registered hybrids. Involved in wife's family farm where they grow maize for seed, sweet maize for the fresh market, oil seed rape and have a cherry orchard.

Rotimi Williams

Rotimi Williams

Farmer, Nigeria

Former journalist. His farm is the 2nd largest commercial rice farm in Nigeria by land size; 45,000 hectares; grows rice for millers. He was challenged with instilling peaceful coexistence between his workers and a largely permanent Fulani community. This led to the creation of a tech startup designed to bridge the gap between volatile agricultural communities in rural Nigeria and security agencies.

Supranee (Kay) Aramtip

Supranee (Kay) Aramtip

Farmer, Thailand

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

Sergio Luis Bortolozzo

Sergio Luis Bortolozzo

Farmer, Brazil

Grows more than 25,000 hectares of soybeans, corn, eucalyptus and sugarcane in different regions of Brazil. Active in agricultural organizations

Stepan Cizek

Stepan Cizek

Farmer, Czech Republic

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.

Stanley Dzingayi

Stanley Dzingayi

Farmer, Zimbabwe

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.

Salah Mohammad Hegazy

Salah Mohammad Hegazy

Farmer, Egypt

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

Santiago N. Hollmann

Santiago N. Hollmann

Agricultural Engineer, Argentina

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

Sudhindra Kulkarni

Farmer, India

Sudhindra Kulkarni grows GM cotton, pulses and cereals near the rural village of Malli in Karnataka State, India.

Sudhanshu Kumar

Sudhanshu Kumar

Farmer, India

Grows maize, wheat, rice, litchi, mangoes, bananas and guava on 250 acres; 65 acres of orchards under micro irrigation; installed solar powered cold storage on his farm. He has the most technology advanced farm in the state of Bihar. Advocate for genetic engineering, mechanization, micro irrigation.

Steve Larocque

Steve Larocque

Farmer, Canada

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.

Sarah Munalula

Sarah Munalula

Farmer, Zambia

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.

Samuel Kamau Njiba

Samuel Kamau Njiba

Farmer, Kenya

Pioneer TC banana grower in the region. Active in agricultural organizations. Has represented Kenya in Farmers meetings in Uganda, Tanzania and South Africa.

Sarah Bloom

Sarah Bloom

Farmer, Australia

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.

Scott Shanks

Scott Shanks

Farmer, Brazil

Scott is an American farmer living in Brazil. He has a degree in Ag Economics from Cornell. He headed to Brazil in 2004 after college and after farming there earlier with his father. He worked first with two companies in Brazil, managing farmland and serving other farmland investors. He has farmed on his own for 4 years.

Sarah Singla

Sarah Singla

Farmer, France

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 Sridhar

Sujatha Sridhar

Farmer, India

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.

Stuart Taylor

Stuart Taylor

Dairy Farmer, New Zealand

GM of dairy and grazing, Craigmore Sustainables. Operation has 22 dairy properties in the Canterbury, North Otago regions. With 16,000 cows, the company uses a rotational pasture grazing system augmented with Fodder Beet and Kale. All farms are irrigated. The pasture is mainly ryegrass and clover mixes, some fescue pastures.

Tim Couser

Tim Couser

Farmer, Iowa, USA

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.

Trevor Gifford

Trevor Gifford

Farmer, Zimbabwe

Transformed family business to grow coffee, macadamia nuts, avocados, timber, with dairy and sheep production. Employed up to 1,000 workers at peak periods.

Tim Keegan

Tim Keegan

Farmer, Iowa, USA

Animal Science degree from Iowa State, Master's degree, Swine Nutrition from Kansas State. In 2009 he started farming with in-laws. 4,000 acres corn, soybeans; 150-head cow/calf operation. Use precision technology, zone mapping, grid sampling, to better apply seed, fertilizer and chemicals. Have invested in solar technology.

Tariq Zaman Khan

Tariq Zaman Khan

Farmer, Pakistan

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.

Tsosie Lewis

Tsosie Lewis

Farmer, United States

Former CEO of 76,000 acre of Navajo Nation Enterprise by utilization 210,000 acre-feet of water from San Juan River Basin with is part of Colorado River. Now, Managing Manager of Greenstone Agri Con, LLC which provide agribusiness consulting to Famers and Rancher in Southwestern United States and Native American Tribes

Thandiye Myeni

Thandiye Myeni

Farmer, South Africa

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.

Tomas Oesterheld

Tomas Oesterheld

Farmer, Argentina

Tomas works on precision farming, focused on producing with less, for sustainable production. He looks for the productive potential of each environment and implements the most convenient management in each case with an eye toward efficiency, performance and profitability. Since 2007 he has been the director and coordinator of Las Cortaderas Group, a company that helps integrate technology solutions on farms.

Thomas Schulz

Thomas Schulz

Farmer, Germany

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.

Umut Ayberk Akbay

Umut Ayberk Akbay

Farmer, Turkey

Degree in International Relations from Istanbul Bilgi University. He uses satellites to track the status of his production and a sensor station to measure the temperature and humidity of his soil. He uses this information to boost yields. Grows corn, potatoes, olives, clover, wheat, barley and watermelon on 63 acres.

Vijay Kapoor

Vijay Kapoor

Farmer, India

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.

Valentin Petrosu

Valentin Petrosu

Farmer, Romania

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.

William El Bulo

William El Bulo

Farmer, Indonesia

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.

Willy Kirwa

Willy Kirwa

Farmer, Kenya

Dairy farmer who also grows silage, oats. Introduced dairy technology, modern feed rations, and set up a school to train farmers on dairying.

Yara de Geus

Yara de Geus

Farmer, Brazil

Yara has a Bachelor's degree in Agronomy and a Masters in Crop Production and Physiology, along with a Masters in Human Resource Management. She worked as an agronomist in Brazil and then went to the US to study. She worked 9 years in research on crop genetics in Hawaii. The past 4 years she has come back to Brazil to farm.

Zhenghong Li

Zhenghong Li

Farmer, China

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.

Guest Columnists

Bob Bowman

Bob Bowman

Farmer, Iowa, USA
Brian Kelley

Brian Kelley

Farmer, Illinois, USA

Brian Kelley grows corn and soybeans on a family farm with his father and uncles near Normal, Illinois.

Cheryl Koompin

Cheryl Koompin

Farmer, Idaho, USA
Duane Grant

Duane Grant

Farmer, Idaho, USA

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.

Debbie Wacker

Debbie Wacker

Farmer & Rancher, Colorado, USA
Gilbert arap Bor

Gilbert arap Bor

Farmer, Kapseret, Kenya

Gilbert arap Bor grows maize, vegetables and dairy cows on a small-scale farm of 25 acres in Kapseret, near Eldoret, Kenya. He also lectures at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Eldoret campus and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Kenyan Fish Marketing Authority. Dr. Bor is the 2011 Kleckner Award recipient.

Lisa Patterson

Lisa Patterson

Farmer, Idaho, USA
Marcus Holtkoetter

Marcus Holtkoetter

Farmer, Germany

The Holtkoetter family has been farming for more than 10 generations. Marcus manages the pig farm (250 sows and 2000 feeder pigs) as well as 400 acres of winter wheat, winter barley, corn and canola. He has hosted consumers, farmers and politicians on his farm, as well as sharing the farm's story at conferences. He is active on social media and with mainstream media. He helps connect other farmers across Germany to get more voices heard through co-founding "Frag den Landwirt" (Ask the farmer), AgChat Germany and spurring GACC exchange programs. He also co-founded the World AgVocate Meeting which brought together dozens from across Europe and North America. Holtkoetter is a guest author for the Global Farmer Network.

Paul Rasgorshek

Paul Rasgorshek

Farmer, Idaho, USA

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.

Rob Horsch

Rob Horsch

Genetics Research Scientist, Washington, USA

Rob Horsch spent his entire career as an agricultural research and development specialist discovering, developing and deploying agricultural innovations that improve the welfare of farmers and consumers while protecting the environment and supporting broad, equitable economic growth and poverty reduction. His career has included building a billion-dollar portfolio of grants at the Gates Foundation and leading Monsanto's plant tissue culture and transformation efforts that led to improved crops grown by millions of farmers around the world. He received the National Medal of Technology from President Clinton, was appointed to the United Nations Millennium Project Task Force on Hunger and awarded Monsanto's highest award for science and technology.

Tim Recker

Tim Recker

Farmer, Iowa, USA

Tim Recker of Arlington, Iowa grows corn and soybeans on his farm. He's an ethanol user and racing enthusiast.

Wiledio Naboho

Wiledio Naboho

Farmer, Burkina Faso

Wiledio has a 15 hectare farm where he grows cotton, maize and peanuts. He has grown Bt cotton from 2008 to 2014. He also has a garden. Wiledio is a member of the farmers' network that works with the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB-Burkina). He is also an advocate for food security. Wiledio is a guest author for the Global Farmer Network.