IDP Directors

 President - Brian Houin, Plymouth

 Brian Houin dairies at Homestead Dairy LLC in Plymouth, along with his parents, brother-in-law, aunt and counsin. Brian is very focused on data collection in and  utilizes heat monitoring systems and genomics technology. In 2013,  Brian was named Indiana's Outstanding Young Dairy Producer of the Year. Brian and his  wife, Jill, have two children.

 

 

 Vice President - Cory Craig, Rensselaer

 Cory Craig lives in Rensselaer with his wife, Jenny, and two children Bailey and Cohen. Cory has been  the herd manager at Herrema Dairy for the past 13 years.  His family has been involved in showing dairy cattle in 4-H and open shows. Cory and his family are members of the First Christian Church of Rensselaer, where  Cory serves as Deacon and Trustee. Cory also serves as the District 5 representative for the Indiana Holstein Association.

 

 

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Secretary/Treasurer: Julie Bommer, Brookville

Julie Bommer, along with her husband, Roger, milk around 160 Holstein cows and crop 1000 acres in Brookville, Indiana. Their son works on the grain side of their farming operation. Julie helps daily on the dairy with milking, feeding calves, and anything else that needs to be done, including running the combine or hauling manure. Julie is active in her church and also in Farm Bureau.

 

 

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Executive Treasurer: Dr. Mike Schutz. Purdue

Dr. Michael Schutz is currently the assistant director of Purdue Extension as well as a Professor of Animal Sciences at Purdue University. He has been an advisor to IDP since its founding and was instrumental in the original formation of the organization. Dr. Schutz specializes in Dairy Genetics and Management. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Animal Science from the University of Minnesota and a PhD. in Dairy Cattle Genetics from Iowa State University. Dr. Schutz is a past president of Dairy Practices Council and treasurer of the American Dairy Science Association.

 
 

Directors

 Greg Peters, Brownstown

 Greg Peters, along with his wife Deanna, own and operate Green Lo Farms located south of Brownstown in Jackson County.   After graduating from Western Kentucky  University, Greg joined Semex USA as a district sales representative. Greg spent a lot of time on the road for nearly eight years and he was interested in a change. The  Peters' made the decision to purchase the family farm, making Greg a fourth generation dairy farmer.   Now they are in their tenth year of farming, milking fifty Holstein cows  three times a day.   In addition, they crop around 550 acres of corn, soybeans and hay. Greg and Deanna host numerous dairy judging and practice sessions. Greg also  judges county fairs throughout Indiana and Kentucky.

 

Liz Kelsay, Whiteland

Liz Kelsay, along with husband Russ, in-laws Merrill and Debbie, and brother and sister-in-law, own a 600-cow dairy in Whiteland in Johnson County. They also grow corn, soybeans, hay and wheat.  Liz is the Communication Program Manager for the Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Marketing Council. Liz and her husband have two sons, Rhett and Grant.

 Fred Kunkel, Decatur

 Fred Kunkel is part owner of Kunkel Dairy Inc. in Adams County near Decatur, and he farms alongside his father, also named Fred Kunkel. He is the 7th generation to work  on this farm. The Kunkels milk about 100 Holsteins and farm around 300 acres of corn, soybeans, alfalfa, wheat, and Triticale/Rye grass. In August 2015 they were awarded  the Sesquicentennial Hoosier Homestead for the farm being in the family since 1845. Fred is married to Becci, they have one son and are expecting their second child this  year.

 

 

 

 Nathan Kuehnert, Fort Wayne

 Nathan is a 5th generation dairy farmer who works with his father, uncle and brother on their Allen County dairy farm near Fort Wayne that has been producing milk under a  robotic system since September, 2014. In addition to 350 mature dairy cows, the Kuehnerts also crop 1100 acres of corn, soybeans, alfalfa and winter rye and they grow all  their own forages for the dairy. Nathan is the primary caretaker of the cows, dealing with the genetic decisions and general herd health. Nathan is married to Sarah, a  registered dietician. They have two children, Allie and Bryar. Nathan is currently serving as president of the Indiana Holstein Association.

 

 

 

 Emily Hoeing, Fowler

 Benton Dairy was founded in 2010 by the Achen Family in a joint partnership opportunity. Benton Dairy is built on families who farm - and now the management has  transitioned and has given my husband and I the opportunity to be part of the family business. Benton Dairy is home to 3,500 cows. Emily currently works for the Center f  for Food and Agricultural Business housed in the Agriculture Economics department within the College of Agriculture at Purdue University. Emily and her husband, Keith,  reside near Fowler, IN. Keith is the Farm Supervisor at Benton Dairy - conveniently located in Benton County.  IDP has offered tremendous support to our farm and family -  being somewhat new to the state, navigating the permitting and regulations was made easier by the help of IDP members and staff. We enjoy the fellowship and  educational opportunities of IDP. Therefore, I am pleased to be a part of this organization.

 

 

 

 Jake Lindauer, Ferdinand

 Jake, along with 2 of his cousins run their dairy, Francis Lindauer & Sons, that was started by their Grandfather back in 1933. They are currently milking 400 cows in a  double twelve parallel parlor and loving every minute of it. Jake is happy to be a part of IDP and is ready to do his part in making Indiana the most desirable state in which  to produce milk. 

 

 

 

 

Industry and Professional Advisers:

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Dr. Ken McGuffey, McGuffey Dairy Consulting

Dr. Ken McGuffey is an Industry adviser to Indiana Dairy Producers. He retired from Elanco Animal Health in 2004 after 25 years in research and technology consulting in dairy cattle. McGuffey received a B.S. in Agriculture from Western Kentucky University and M.S. and PhD. in dairy cattle nutrition from Michigan State University. Dr. McGuffey is a lifetime member of American Dairy Science Association where he has served as president. He has also served on the program planning committee of the Tri State Dairy Nutrition Conference. McGuffey currently owns McGuffey Dairy Consulting. He and his wife Pat live in Indianapolis, Indiana.

 

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Todd Janzen, Indianapolis

Todd Janzen, owner of Janzen Ag Law, joins Indiana Dairy Producers board of directors as the organization's first industry adviser with legal expertise. Todd regularly assists dairy, swine and other livestock producers in Indiana with legal issues surrounding farming and agriculture. Todd was a founding member and chair of the Agriculture Law Section of the Indiana State Bar Association. In 2008, Todd was selected by Lt. Governor Skillman to serve on the Ag Regulatory Structure Task Force. Prior to becoming an attorney, Todd grew up and worked on a livestock and grain farm in South Central Kansas. Though no longer a farmer, Todd's involvement with IDP allows him to stay connected with Indiana farmers and livestock producers. Todd is a graduate of AgriInstitute Class 15.

 

 

 

 Andy Tauer, Indianapolis

 Andy Tauer is the livestock director for the Indiana Corn Marketing Council and the Indiana Soybean Alliance.  His expertise gives valuable input as an adviser to the IDP board. Andy and his wife Ginny have two daughters.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Nathan Hrnicek, Wolcott
 
 Born and raised on a 700-acre farm in Seward, Nebraska, Nathan Hrnicek discovered his niche in agriculture while helping grow and harvest corn, soybeans, milo,  and alfalfa, and raising beef and hogs on his family’s cow-calf operation and hog farm. Hrnicek went on to attend Ivy Tech Community College in Lafayette, Indiana,  where he earned an Associate’s degree in agriculture in 2016. Since his time on the farm, Hrnicek has garnered over eight years of agriculture sales experience. In  his role as a seed company district manager, Hrnicek focused on forage consulting and sales while forging long-term relationships and improving Return on  Investment for his farmer and producer customers. In his current role as a technical nutrient advisor for Rock River Laboratory, Hrnicek consults with agronomists  and nutritionists to build relationships, share insights and develop new opportunities for customer success. Outside of his daily career, Hrnicek is an Indiana Dairy  Producers industry advisor and enjoys spending time with his wife and four children, playing sports, and experiencing the outdoors. As a self-proclaimed nerd,  Hrnicek also enjoys exploring new technologies and is happy to play a song on his accordion for interested parties.  
 

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