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Richard West
Phone: 502-573-0282
Fax: 502-573-0303

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Corey Birch
Vice President
Phone: 204-984-8623

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Eric J. Hanson
Phone: 608-224-4968
Fax: 608-224-4937

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Terri Fritz
Phone: 402-471-0223
Fax: 402-471-0251

Board Members
  • Jason Wamba
  • Mark Gallegos
  • Mitch Bauer
Immediate Past President
  • Dominic Perrone
Affiliate Board Member
  • Bert Johnson

2018 - 2019 Committees:

  1. Federal/State Relations, Industry Issues & Development
  2. Computer Technology and Uniformity/Auditors & Examiners

Members serving on 1 and 2 may also serve on committees 3 through 5

  1. Marketing
  2. Conference Host Planning
  3. Audit

Committee appointments are made by governmental unit or organization. The assigned person’s successor or designee may take his or her place.  If no one is representing the assigned governmental unit or organization, their predecessors will take over positions that are affected.  Please advise of changes.

1. Federal/State Relations, Industry Issues & Development

Identify issues that put federal and state regulatory program in conflict. Collaborate to make federal/state programs more effective and cost efficient. Improve lines of communication between federal and state officials to ensure that depositors and producers in each state are afforded maximum protection. Work to ensure that state regulatory agencies have access to electronic warehouse receipt information stored by USDA approved providers. Identify issues of concern to any member or affiliate member that needs to be addressed by the association.

Action Items for 2018-2019: New business: Warehouse receipt uniformity among State and Federal receipting. It is projected this crop year will be an abundance amounts of grain storage that will be receipted.

Chair: Jeff Haarer, Michigan
CoChair:Ken Henderson, Missouri

Bert Johnson, CoBank
Mark Gallegos, Colorado
Max Fisher, NGFA
James Kennedy, Iowa
David Simmons, Ohio
Konrad Crockford
Carie Pintado, USDA

2.  Computer Technology and Uniformity/Auditors & Examiner

Identify areas where state and federal examination programs could become more uniform and effective. Develop guidelines, standards and models for improving uniformity and effectiveness of examinations. Identify training programs that might benefit auditors/examiners.

Action Items for 2018-2019: There are new multi-component contracts being used in some states. The contracts may go by different names and use different terminology. There is a need to standardize language and to update the AGRO EDI standards codes to reflect these new contracts.

  • New business. Board is needing insight on an AGRO website provider that is affordable and modern. Current website will not be functional in 2020.

Chair: Dale Heggem, Wyoming

Members: Corey Birch, Canadian Grain Commission
Greg Miller, Miller & Associates
John Hill, eGrain
Richard West, Kentucky
Michael Keck, Kansas
Evan Boyd, Tennessee
Wes Jones, Idaho
Carie Pintado, USDA/KCCO

3. Marketing

Spread the word about who we are. Invite organizations to join.
Invigorate all members to be more active in attendance and input of ideas.

Action Items for 2018-2019: AGRO is exploring using Facebook and Twitter to continue building membership momentum and interest in AGRO. The committee plans to look into how to set this up after answering questions including about whether there is any cost, who would administer these accounts, and whether most AGRO members would be permitted to participate.

  • New business: Board is needing insight on an AGRO website provider that is affordable and modern. Current website will not be functional in 2020.

Chair: Dominic Perrone, Michigan

Members: Corey Birch, Canadian Grain Commission
Danae Schneck, Indiana
Jason Wamba, Georgia
Ross Newton, Indiana
Eric Hanson, Wisconsin
Carrie Pendleton, Kentucky

4. Conference Host Planning

Action Items for 2018-2019: Assist in planning 2019 AGRO Conference in Savannah, Georgia and establish locations for 2020. Kentucky is committed to host in 2021 and Oklahoma is committed to host in 2022.

  • New business. Reaching out to future potential AGRO host States (example) Minnesota, Kansas, Missouri, and Wisconsin

Chair 2019 Host: Jason Wamba, Georgia
Co Chair: Richard West, Kentucky

Treasurer: Terri Fritz, Nebraska
2017 Host: Mike Bartels, Nebraska
2018 Host: Cody Chambliss, South Dakota
2019 Host: Paula Fuller, Georgia

5. Audit

Review the association’s financial records annually and report findings to the membership.

Chair: Kyle Wilmot, Idaho

Member: Vacant

CompanyRegular Member
Maryland Dept. of AgricultureBaldwin, Deanna L.
Montana Department of AgricultureBallensky, Robert
Kentucky Department of AgricultureBarlow, Gary
Nebraska Public Service CommissionBartels, Mike
USDA - KCCOBergman, Ned
Canadian Grain CommissionBirch, Corey
South Dakota Public Utilities CommissionBlais, Justin
Kentucky Department of AgricultureBloemer, Tom
Tennessee Department of AgricultureBoyd, Evan
South Dakota Public Utilities CommissionChambliss, Cody
Arkansas Department of AgricultureBenbrook, Holly
North Dakota Public Service CommissionCrockford, Konrad
Tennessee Department of AgricultureDanielson, Dan
North Dakota Public Service CommissionErdmann, Tim
Louisiana Department of Agriculture & ForestryFitzgerald, Kyra
Nebraska Public Service CommissionFritz, Terri
Georgia Department of AgricultureFuller, Paula
South Carolina Department of AgricultureFulmer, Carol
Colorado Department of AgricultureGallegos, Mark
USDA-FSA-DACOGonzalez, Jose
Montana Department of AgricultureGray, Andy
Louisiana Department of Agriculture & ForestryGuidry, Dennis
Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural DevelopmentHaarer, Jeff
Wisconsin Department of AgricultureHanson, Eric J.
Wyoming Department of AgricultureHeggem, Dale
Missouri Department of AgricultureBerwanger, Eric
Colorado Department of AgricultureJacobsen, Leif
Canadian Grain CommissionJaworski, Catherine
Michigan Department of AgricultureJohnson, Mark
Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land StewardshipKennedy, James
North Dakota Public Service CommissionMcNamee, Mike
Wisconsin Department of AgricultureMcPherson, Jeremy
Minnesota Department of AgricultureMilanowski, Nick
Texas Department of AgricultureMitchell, Larry
USDA-FSA-DACOMonahan, James
Indiana State Department of AgricultureWilmoth, Harry
Wisconsin Department of AgricultureOie, Chris
South Dakota Public Utilities CommissionPage, Judy
Kentucky Department of AgriculturePendleton, Carrie
Michigan Department of AgriculturePerrone, Dominic
USDA - KCCOPintado, Carie
Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and ForestryPrivett, Joe
Louisiana Department of Agriculture & ForestryRayburn, Benjy
Texas Department of AgricultureRivera, Randy
Mississippi Dept. of Agriculture & CommerceRobertson, Gene
Ohio Department of AgricultureSimmons, David K.
Illinois Department of AgricultureSmall, Joe
Tennessee Department of AgricultureStepanske, Richard
Canadian Grain CommissionStewin, Stan
South Carolina Department of AgricultureStokes, Jr., John P.
Wisconsin Department of AgricultureSutherland, Sally
Kansas Department of AgricultureVogel, Jeff
Missouri Department of AgricultureWalker, Joe
Georgia Department of AgricultureWamba, Jason
Kentucky Department of AgricultureWest, Richard
Idaho State Department of AgricultureWilmot, Kyle
Indiana State Department of AgricultureWilmoth, Harry
Minnesota Department of Agriculture Bauer, Mitch
North Dakota Department of Agriculture Quissell, Shaun
Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Stine, Susan
Washington State Department of Agriculture Brincken, Roger
 Simmons, David
CompanyAffiliate Member
Grain & Feed Assn. of IllinoisAdkisson, Jeffrey D.
Grain JournalAvery, Mark
CliftonLarsonAllen LLPBrandenburg, Jeff
Wisconsin Agri-Business AssociationBressner, Tom
CliftonLarsonAllen LLPBrown, Brian S.
Software Solutions Integrated LLCCarruthers, Jessamy
National Association of State Departments of AgricultureDeLucia, Aline
National Grain and Feed AssociationFisher, Max
Consolidated Grain and Barge Co.Fleming, Gary
The Gavilon Group, LLCGordon, Larry
Indiana Soybean AllianceHenry, Dennis
eGrain, Inc.Kincake, Chris
The Gavilon Group, LLCHoefener, Karen
Nationwide Agribusiness InsuranceHuntrod, Kyle
CoBankJohnson, Bert
eGrain, Inc.King, Rich
Nationwide Agribusiness InsuranceKuper, Mike
Software Solutions Integrated LLCRincker, Lyndal
Agribusiness Council of IndianaCornell, Amy
North Dakota Grain Dealers AssociationLetcher, Stu
ExamHandMiller, Greg
Control Systems Software, LLCNieland, John
Precise AG Measuring, LLCStevens, Michael
Consolidated Grain and Barge Co.Stitzlein, James I.
Kansas Grain & Feed AssociationTunnell, Tom
Kansas Grain & Feed AssociationWareham, Doug
South Dakota Grain & Feed AssociationZander, Kathleen
Grain JournalZdrojewski, Ed

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