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Meet I-LEAD Class 9

I-LEAD Class 9 started their two-year journey in November 2018. The class includes farmers, educators, agribusiness and governmental leaders from across the state. 

I-LEAD Class 9

Lisa Bahe


Lisa grew up on a crop and livestock farm in Western Iowa. Her passion for agriculture took her to Iowa State University where she received an agronomy degree. She is an ag loan officer at Community Bank of Oelwein. Lisa and her husband farm near Stanley and independently sell Asgrow,...

Schyler Bardole


Schyler grew up on a century farm near Rippey where his passion for agriculture, conservation and food security grew through the examples set by his father and grandfather. He attended Central College in Pella where he played football while pursuing degrees in business management with a marketing emphasis and communication...

Justin Bauer


Justin works for Elanco as a senior data analyst for Elanco’s Knowledge Solutions team. Her primary responsibility is managing data flow for their commercial beef cattle customers. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin- River Falls in 2005 and lives and works in west central Iowa.

Chelsy Brandt


Chelsy is a seed advisor for Beck’s Hybrids in west central Iowa. She represents the company in Crawford, Carroll, Shelby and Audubon Counties. She enjoys assisting sales representatives and farmers grow in the business of agriculture. An Iowa State Alumni, Chelsy received her Bachelor’s degree in agricultural business in 2012....

Alex Buck


Alex is the industrial innovation manager for Iowa Corn where he implements the initiatives set by grower leaders in developing new uses for corn in all forms. Alex grew up outside of agriculture in Cedar Rapids and received his bachelor’s and Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Iowa State University prior...

Jacob Handsaker


Jacob was raised on the family farm in Radcliffe where he still lives today with his wife, Mindy and their four children Myles, 7 Ellie 5, William 3 and Kimber 1. They are proud of the fact that their children are living in the same house as their great-great grandparents....

Mary Harrington


Mary is a marketing specialist for Landus Cooperative. Based out of the cooperative’s Ames, Iowa, headquarters, Mary oversees all marketing and communications efforts specific to the company’s Dairy Nutrition Plus product line, including SoyPlus and SoyChlor. Prior to joining the Landus Cooperative team, she taught college creative writing and rhetoric,...

Nick Helland


Nick is a seventh-generation family farmer from Huxley, Iowa. He grew up raising corn, soy, and farrow to finish hogs. Nick attended Iowa State University and earned a Bachelor’s degree in agricultural studies and a minor in agronomy. After college, Nick worked to add his own acres to the farm...

Joel Humphreys


Joel is a custom applicator for Chem Gro Inc out of Winfield, IA where he strives to safely, accurately and efficiently apply herbicide, fungicide, insecticide and fertilizer to corn and soybean crops. His other duties include equipment maintenance, custom anhydrous ammonia application and fertilizer mixing. Joel also helps his dad...

Will Longinaker


Will is a fifth-generation farmer and cattlemen in southwest Iowa. He and his father own and operate the family farm together where they raise corn, soybeans, alfalfa, beef cow/calf pairs, along with a small feedlot. Will strives to produce safe, high quality, and economical food in an ever-changing global economy...

Dillon Luhman


Dillon grew up on a third-generation farm by Radcliffe where he and his family raised corn and hogs. He attended Iowa State University and received his bachelor’s degree in agronomy with a focus on crop and business management. Following Iowa State, he moved to southwest Iowa and played a role...

Logan Lyon


Logan is an agricultural insurance specialist with Lee Insurance Agency in Muscatine where he helps farmers and agricultural businesses better their operations through strategic planning and risk management. Before working at Lee Agency, Logan was an agronomist with WinField United throughout the Midwest. Today, when he isn’t working in town,...

Nate Meier

Fort Dodge

Nate is a territory sales manager for John Deere Company. He helps with sales, marketing, and dealer development of two dealer organizations that consist of 17 locations covering 23 counties in north central and west central Iowa. Nate has worked for John Deere for 12 years in positions covering product...

Jason Meyer

Sioux City

Jason’s extensive cooperative and commodity trading background allows him to provide professional expertise in supporting local farmers with grain marketing opportunities by adding value to their operations in his role as a grain marketing specialist for Central Valley Ag. Jason is a graduate of Northwestern College with a degree in...

Ross Mogler


Ross is a fourth-generation member of his family’s diversified farming operation where they raise cattle, hogs, corn, and soybeans. He is the farm’s operations manager, which includes oversight of the cattle feedlots, shop projects, agronomy operation, as well as the feed and pig trucking schedules. He graduated from Iowa Lakes...

Emily Peters

Mason City

Emily graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in agricultural business and applied economics, with a minor in consumer affairs. During college, she spent time working for Cargill, cattle ranching in Kansas, and studying international agriculture in the Czech Republic. Her love for business, and the desire to...

Katie Pille


Katie is the county executive director for the Boone County USDA Farm Service Agency where she is responsible for the oversight and implementation of Farm Bill programs to producers within the county. A former northern Minnesotan, Katie grew up outside of the agricultural industry but was driven to be a...

Adrian Richardson


Adrian is the agronomy and environmental support domain lead for Granular. His role includes leading a group that supports sales agents servicing customers in the field, and working with product teams to improve product offerings. Adrian attended Iowa State University, earning a Bachelor's degree with majors in biology and agronomy....

Aaron Seifert


Aaron works for Premier Crop Systems as a Business Development Manager responsible for the western business unit. Premier Crop empowers growers and their advisors to create real value from data to make profitable and sustainable agronomic and economic decisions. He previously worked for Winfield United helping ag retailers navigate the...

Ryan Steffensen

Guthrie Center

Ryan works full time for Helena Agri-Enterprises, LLC. as a retail sales agronomist out of the Guthrie Center branch. Ryan’s main responsibilities include working with customers to establish crop management systems for chemical, fertilizer, seed and application. Ryan is also active in his family farming operation near Thompson with his...

Brandon Strutzenberg


Originally from Knierim, Brandon attended Mason NW Webster High School as well as Iowa Central Community College graduating with a degree in agricultural technology. He currently raises corn and soybeans with his dad and brother on the family farm while working as a farm drainage contractor for RCIS, a crop...

Jake Swanson

Iowa City

Jake Swanson currently serves as the Agriculture Policy Adviser to Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds. This position allows him to collaborate with Iowa lawmakers, advocate for the Iowa agriculture industry, and travel to all 99 counties in Iowa. Jake completed his Bachelor’s degree from Iowa State’s College of Agriculture and Life...

Mike Thomas

Guthrie Center

Mike is a fifth-generation farmer specializing in the production of non-GMO white corn and soybeans, in addition to cattle, hogs, and hay. Mike is the treasurer of the Guthrie County Corn Growers Association, past vice president and current member of the Guthrie County Extension Council, member of the Guthrie County...

Brent Wuthrich


Brent Wuthrich is a fourth generation farmer raising corn, soybeans, and cattle in southeast Iowa. He received his Bachelor's degree in agricultural engineering from Iowa State University and worked at John Deere Company for 11 years in manufacturing, engineering and product support positions before joining the family farm. Brent and...

Dick Gallagher


Dick raises corn and soybeans with his son, Ryan, near Washington. He is currently serving as the mentor for I-LEAD Class 9. His past activities include service as chairman of the Iowa Corn Promotion Board, president of the Washington County Farm Bureau, president of the Iowa Soybean Association, vice president...

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