Krebsbach leads sales at Midwestern BioAg

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Krebsbach leads sales at Midwestern BioAg

Midwestern BioAg announced Jim Krebsbach as its new Vice President of Sales. In this role, Krebsbach will lead the company’s retail and wholesale agronomy sales divisions.

Jim Krebsbach

“Jim is committed to helping us grow while also retaining high levels of customer service. He can help us identify producers to meet the demand we’re seeing from food companies looking for more nutritious crops,” said “We were looking for a strategic thinker,” said Midwestern BioAg President Sue Gullickson.

Krebsbach was Vice President and General Manager of the Ag Division at Nachurs in Marion, OH, and was responsible for sales, marketing and P&L for the Ag Division, which includes the Alpine and Nachurs brands along with international sales. Before that, he was a Performance Ag Leader at Cargill AgHorizons, overseeing a product line of crop inputs at two Minnesota-based retail locations.

Midwestern BioAg manufactures and distributes fertilizers that build soil health while increasing yields and nutritional quality of both food and forage.


AHA's Bedwell Selected as Top 10 Industry Leader 

Shane Bedwell, American Hereford Association director of breed improvement and chief operating officer, was recently honored by Cattle Business Weekly as one of the Top 10 Industry Leaders under 40 for 2016. The annual honor is awarded to 10 leaders involved in agriculture making a significant impact on the industry.

Shane Bewell

Bedwell directs the breed improvement division at the AHA where he oversees the National Reference Sire Program (NRSP), the Whole Herd Total Performance Records (TPR™) program and the development of expected progeny differences (EPDs) for the breed.

Bedwell leads AHA research projects and works with commercial and seedstock producers across the country to increase the value of Hereford genetics.

He also serves as a prominent livestock judge in the industry, where he has judged cattle in more than 30 states and at many national shows, including the National Western Stock Show and the American Royal.


WEAC hires Kowieski as DOO

Kim Kowieski will begin her duties as Director of Operations at the Wisconsin Agricultural Education Center (WAEC) on Dec. 1. The center will showcase Wisconsin’s agriculture industry and help the public reconnect with farmers and understand the important role producing food plays in the health of our economy, our people and our communities.

Kim Kowieski

WEAC Board President Julie Maurer said Kowieski’s focus will be on supporting the construction process as well as developing the infrastructure necessary for a successful grand opening set for 2018.

Kowieski is the former Quality Assurance Manager at Land O’ Lakes in Kiel, WI, where she led the quality assurance function at a cheese and whey products manufacturing facility, managed a team of employees, and most recently was part of the planning and management of a major expansion project. Kowieski grew up on her family’s dairy farm in north-central Wisconsin where they also produced maple syrup and ginseng.


Landmark welcomes new leadership

Aric Dieter is the new executive vice president of the animal nutrition division at Landmark Services Cooperative, effective November 28. In his role, Dieter will be focused on creating a culture that allows Landmark to be recognized as the partner of choice by its members and customers in the markets we serve.

Dieter previously served as global technical specialist at Feed Management Services, a division of Cargill. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a degree in agribusiness.


AFIA welcomes three new team members

The American Feed Industry Association announced the addition of three new staff members: Codi Coulter, Kori Chung and Erica Burson.

Codi Coulter

Coulter joins as AFIA's communications coordinator. Coulter will lead AFIA's social media presence and the development and dissemination of content across digital platforms. She has communications experience in the food supply chain system through the restaurant industry.

Chung serves as AFIA's legislative and regulatory assistant. She provides support to the legislative and regulatory team, assisting in day-to-day operations. She is also responsible for AFIA's advocacy tool, Voter Voice, and team surveys. Chung is the former office manager at a D.C.-area wellness group.

Burson serves as AFIA's membership assistant. Her primary duties include supporting the membership, meetings and communications departments. Burson has a diverse public policy background, working as a legislative assistant for former Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.).

Coulter, Chung and Burson joined AFIA in November, October and July, respectively.

Erica Burson
Kori Chung