America’s Farmers Carrying On
How Commodities are Adapting in a Pandemic World

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A free virtual roundtable hosted by award-winning Farm Journal broadcaster Clinton Griffiths in partnership with the National Corn Growers Association, and pork, soy and beef checkoff programs.

This insightful and informative roundtable will shine a light on the challenges and adjustments being made across agriculture to adapt to the global pandemic. You’ll hear firsthand knowledge from experts and agriculture commodity industry professionals, including Farmer Leaders of the corn, pork, soy and beef checkoff programs, who are positioning themselves for future success in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic.

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Webinar Panelists:

Beef Checkoff (Cattlemen's Beef Board)
Jared Brackett
Chair, Cattlemen’s Beef Board

Jared Brackett lives and runs a cow-calf/stocker operation in southern Idaho. He is a fifth-generation rancher. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in agricultural economics and is a diehard Aggie football fan. He is also a past president of the Idaho Cattlemen's Association and continues to serve on a number of other livestock committees and boards. He lives in Filer, Idaho with his wife, Tay.

National Corn Growers Association
Kevin Ross
President, National Corn Growers Association

Kevin Ross, a corn grower near Minden, Iowa, serves as president of the Corn Board of the National Corn Growers Association, a farmer-led trade association with offices in St. Louis and Washington.

A sixth-generation family farmer, Kevin and his wife, Sara, grow corn, soybeans, alfalfa and run a 140-head cow/calf operation. Growing corn using no-till methods, they hope to someday pass the farm on to their four young sons, Hudson, Axten, Carver and Hollis.

In his capacity as NCGA President, Ross also serves as the president of the National Corn Growers Association Foundation, as the association’s delegate to the U.S. Grains Council and on NCGA’s Agri-Industry Council Executive Committee. Additionally, he serves at the association’s liaison to the Congressional Sportsman’s Caucus.

Ross is a former president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association and former chair of the Iowa AgState Initiative. He has also served as a director of the Iowa Corn Growers Association. As a board officer for Western Iowa Energy, a biodiesel plant, he served as a representative to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association.
Pork Checkoff (National Pork Board)
David Newman
President, National Pork Board

David Newman is in his second term as a board member and owns and operates a farrow-to-finish Berkshire farm in Myrtle, Missouri, that markets pork directly to consumers throughout the U.S. Dave is also an associate professor of Animal Sciences at Arkansas State University where he teaches and conducts research, with an emphasis in meat science. He most recently served as board vice president, on the 2020 Strategic Planning Task Force, and on the Swine Health committee. He previously chaired the Domestic Marketing committee, served on the Producer Services committee, and participated in Pork Leadership Academy.

Soy Checkoff (United Soybean Board)
Jim Carroll III
Chairman, Soy Checkoff (United Soybean Board)

Jim Carroll III from Brinkley, Arkansas, grows GM and non-GMO soybeans, corn, rice and wheat. He farms with his wife, Rhonda, brother Jon and sister-in-law Jana. After completing a previous term in 2010, Jim was appointed to his current term in 2012. He is working to become more sustainable, including increasing water efficiency through land leveling and using new computer water programs as part of his sustainability plan.

Carroll is a Brinkley Zoning Board member and currently serves as the financial chair for his Methodist church. In addition to his role on USB, Carroll was a member of Arkansas Rice Council, USA Rice Federation-Rice Council, and he serves as past chair of his county Farm Bureau.