IDP Directors

altPresident: Steve Obert, Fort Branch

Steve Obert owns an 800-cow dairy in Gibson County. It is very much a family farm as Steve's wife Kelly, brother Tom and sons Wes, Klint and Mitch are all involved in the operation. In addition to the dairy, they farm 1000 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat, and hay. Steve graduated from Purdue in 1984 and is quite active in his church as well as area farm organizations.

 

 

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Vice-President: Brian Huber, St. Paul

Brian Huber operates a dairy farm in Decatur county. Brian, his wife Shirley, and his 4 children are all actively involved in farm operations. In addition to the dairy, the Hubers produce corn, soybeans and hay on 1000 acres. Brian is very active with his church and serves as a Sunday School teacher. He also serves on the Premier Ag Co-op board and the local Farm Bureau township board.

 

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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, incl

uding running the combine or hauling manure. Julie is active in her church and also in Farm Bureau.

 

altExecutive 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, and they are expecting their first child in June.

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

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
Nathan Hrnicek is a district sales manager at Dairyland Seed. He has been very active in learning to know dairy producers throughout the state and has shown a great deal of interest in supporting the Indiana dairy industry. Nathan and his wife, Alicia, live in Wolcott and have 4 children.

 

 

 

 

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