Friday, April 25, 2014
Mid-Year Meeting

Thanks to everyone who made this year's Mid-Year Meeting one of our most successful ones ever! We appreciate your participation and look forward to seeing you at this year's Annual Conference, November 11th through 15th, 2013, and next year's Mid-Year Meeting, June 9th through 12th, 2014.

Presentations and notes, where available, will be posted and can be viewed here:  2013 Annual Meeting Presentations.

Please click here to go to 2014's Mid-Year Meeting.


2013 Mid-Year Meeting General Session
Tuesday, June 18 - 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
3:30 – 3:50 pm Welcome
Don Preusser, Vice President, John Deere Financial and
President, John Deere Risk Protection and John Deere Insurance Company.
3:50 – 4:10 pm AgGateway State of the Union
AgGateway State of the Union - Doug Mills, Vice President and Chief Information Officer
of The Mosaic Company and Chairman of the Board, AgGateway
4:10 – 4:25 pm Project Planning Working Group Update
Project Planning Working Group Update – Jeff Keiser, Manager, Business Development, Accelerated Innovation Process Enterprise Advanced Marketing, John Deere
4:25 – 4:40 pm SPADE Project Update
SPADE Project Update – Joe Tevis, Director, Agronomic Products and Services,
Topcon Precision Agriculture
4:40 – 5:25 pm Midwest Weather Working Group
Midwest Weather Working Group – Dr. Joseph M. Russo, President and Senior Research Scientist, ZedX, Inc. and .Dr. Jean C. Batzer, Assistant Scientist II, Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology Iowa State University Ames, IA
5:25 – 5:30 pm Session Close
Chip Donahue (John Deere)
General Session Speaker Bios
 

Welcome:  Don Preusser
Don Preusser is President of John Deere Insurance Company and John Deere Risk Protection, Inc. and is responsible for leading all insurance operations and growing John Deere’s presence in the U.S. crop insurance market.

Don is an active participant in agricultural insurance and related industry topics.  Don is a member of the executive committee and board of directors of the Crop Insurance & Reinsurance Bureau and a member of the board of directors of National Crop Insurance Services.

Don has 30 years of combined property/casualty insurance, reinsurance and legal experience in personal, commercial and agricultural lines of business.  Don is a graduate of St. Cloud State University and Drake Law School and licensed attorney in Minnesota.

  AgGateway State of the Union:  Doug Mills
Doug Mills is the Vice President and Chief Information Officer of The Mosaic Company. Mosaic is the world’s leading producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash, two of the primary components of fertilizer.  Headquartered in Plymouth, Minnesota, the company employs more than 7,500 people in seven countries.

Doug is responsible for all aspects of IT strategy, service and solution delivery to Mosaic’s business.  He has been a part of Mosaic, and predecessor organizations, for more than 25 years.  Prior to his role of Mosaic CIO, Doug held various IT leadership positions including CIO of IMC Global, IT Director of Business Solutions and IT Director of Potash business unit.  He relocated to the United States from Canada during 1997 for a leadership role on an ERP project. 

Doug has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

  Project Planning Working Group Update:  Jeff Keiser

Manager, Business Development, Accelerated Innovation Process, Enterprise, Advanced Marketing, John Deere

Jeff is interested in how field data and spatial technologies create market value for crop production, agricultural products and services. He began his career as a farm manager and ag lendor. When precision ag was in its infancy (circa 1990) Jeff pioneered the use of GPS and GIS systems with Variable Rate Application within the ag input supply industry. Soon afterwards he innovated new methods for the use of remote sensing technologies to access and amend crop health. Jeff has spent considerable time engaging the marketplace discovering new producer benefits that stem from data exchange standards, as well as the use of precision farming data for various crop reporting needs. He now is focused on rapid generation of innovative product concepts that compliment the needs of various market segments in agriculture, turf, construction and forestry.

Work Accomplishments/Successes
  • Pioneered the use of new technologies for growers and agribusinesses that created new value with traditional agronomy practices. (e.g. -intensive soil sampling, image-based N application, automated crop reporting)
  • Designed systems and user-interface to integrate spatial data at various resolutions with crop models for improved decision efficiency and effectiveness
  • Lead development and market release of precision Ag products and services using remotely sensed data. Utilized optical sensors from space-borne, aerial, and land-based platforms (e.g. QuickBird, Ikonos, GreenSeeker, Veris).
 

SPADE Project Update: Joe Tevis
Director, Agronomic Products and Services, Topcon Precision Agriculture

Joe received a PhD in Agricultural Engineering from Iowa State University in 1991 studying computational fluid mechanics. He began his career in precision agriculture as a Post Doctoral Research appointment at Texas A&M University studying the spatial distribution and management of agronomic variables in cotton. He started work at Ag Chem Corporation in 1995 as SGIS product and support manager. In 2001 AgChem was acquired by AGCO. He continued in various positions within AGCO including Director of the initial cross brand and cross functional and cross brand precision farming technology group in AGCO. In 2011 Dr. Tevis was employed by Topcon Precision Agriculture as Director, Agronomic Products and Services. In Topcon he continues to work with agronomic software including SGIS. Dr. Tevis also represents Topcon in two data standards groups. For AgGateway he serves as chair of the SPADE project and also serves on the AEF/ISO DDMA committee.

 

Midwest Weather Working Group:  Dr. Joseph M. Russo & Dr. Jean C.  Batzer

Dr. Joseph M. Russo is the President and Senior Research Scientist at ZedX, Inc.
Dr. Russo oversees the research and development. He has over 30 years experience in the design and development of decision-support algorithms and models. During the past five years, he has promoted the use of standards in international modeling efforts in government, university, and industry.

Dr. Jean C. Batzer is the Assistant Scientist II, Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, Iowa State University Ames, IA. Dr. Batzer oversees all field and laboratory research in Dr. Mark Gleason's program at Iowa State University. She has 15 years of experience in field studies with plant disease-warning systems on a range of fruit and vegetable crops, as well as environmental monitoring of leaf wetness duration in crop canopies. Dr. Batzer is the leading expert in the world on the sooty blotch and flyspeck disease complex of apples, and has co-authored more than 30 refereed research papers.

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