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Co-host of Ag News Daily
VP of Market Engagement for the Zaner Group
Get ready to laugh and learn with Mike Pearson as he takes you on an entertaining journey – a look ahead at the outlook for the farm markets—and global trends impacting these markets.
Farmer, broadcaster, and former banker, Mike Pearson keeps listeners informed on agricultural issues as co-host of the daily podcast Ag News Daily with over 10,000 listeners each month. He currently serves as the Vice President of Market Engagement for the Zaner Group, a commodities trading brokerage.
Mike has a lifetime of experience in the world of agriculture, until recently farming himself and feeding cattle.
Mike Pearson was raised on a south-central Iowa farm and graduated from Simpson College. After graduation, he moved to Grinnell, Iowa where worked as an ag banker and fed cattle. Today, he is the Vice President of Market Engagement at the Zaner Group in Chicago and co-host of the Ag News Daily podcast.
Nutrient Loss Reduction Manager
Illinois Corn Growers Association
Megan Dwyer joined the Illinois Corn Growers Association in 2019 and serves as the Nutrient Loss Reduction Manager. She leads IL Corn’s water quality and sustainability initiatives focused on implementing the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy and meeting supply chain sustainability demands. By working closely with other agriculture organizations, conservation groups, agency partners and public entities, she develops and implements education, outreach, and research to help Illinois corn farmers reach their nutrient loss goals and engage in the sustainability conversation.
Megan has been a precision agronomy consultant in both a retail and independent setting prior to joining IL Corn. She worked with farmers to create variable rate fertility and seeding recommendations and complete field level data analytics. Megan has a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Studies with a minor in Agronomy from Iowa State. The family farm is in Henry County and grows conventional and non-GMO corn, soybeans, alfalfa and raises beef cattle. Advocating for agriculture has also been a deep passion of Megan’s and she has worked to engage all demographics from consumers to legislators.
Megan, her husband Todd, and 3 children reside in Geneseo, IL.
Cornelius Seed Lead Agronomist
Craig will review the results of 2019 and provide recommendations moving forward to the 2020 crop and beyond.
Craig Allaman is the Lead Agronomist for Cornelius Seed and joined the team in 2018. He provides agronomic knowledge to growers across Cornelius Country and provides agronomic support and leadership to the Cornelius Seed Sales Team.
Previously, Craig was the Product Manager and Agronomist for Munson Hybrids. A graduate of Western Illinois University with a major in Agricultural Business, Craig is a Certified Crop Agronomist with over 25 years’ experience in agronomy. His experience spans across Cornelius Country, having spent time in northwest Iowa with a major ag-chem company. Now, Craig and his family reside in Monmouth, IL.
Agronomic Lessons from 2019
Craig Allaman, Cornelius Seed Agronomist
The State of the Stalk - Why Sustainability Should Matter to You
Megan Dwyer, Nutrient Reduction Manager Illinois Corn Growers Association
What's Driving Agriculture in the Year Ahead?
Mike Pearson, Co-host Ag News Daily, VP of Market Engagement at the Zaner Group
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