Agriculture Broadband Summit
April 14, 2014 • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Blue Valley Tele-Communications
1559 Pony Express Hwy., Home, KS 66438
Summit Agenda
10 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
Terry Force, BVTC and NTCA Board President
10:05 a.m.
Importance of Agriculture/Broadband Collaboration
U.S. Senator Pat Roberts
10:15 a.m.
Agriculture and Broadband Presentations
Dr. Dan Thomson, Director of KSU’s Beef Cattle Institute
Dr. Joel DeRouchey, KSU Professor/Extension Specialist
Jerry Horton, BVTC Central Office/NOC Supervisor
Jada Ackerman, BVTC Public Relations/Community Development Director
11 a.m.
Panel Discussions
Dr. Vincent Amanor-Boadu, KSU Professor of Agribusiness Economics and Management 
Steven Dorf, Kansas Fiber Network President & General Manager
Terry Holdren, Kansas Farm Bureau CEO
Patty Clark, State Director USDA Rural Development Kansas
Don Landoll, Founder & Chairman of Landoll Corporation
Moderator Jessica Golden, NTCA Strategic Outreach Manager
12:15 p.m. Box Lunch with Round Table Discussions
Co-sponsored by Blue Valley Tele-Communications & Landoll Corporation
1 p.m.
Recap and Wrap-up
Moderator Donna Schenck-Hamlin, Undergraduate Specialist, KSU Hale Library
Moderator Jessica Golden, NTCA Strategic Outreach Manager
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Dr. Dan Thomson - earned a bachelor’s in animal science and his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Iowa State University, a master’s in ruminant nutrition from South Dakota State University and a doctorate in ruminate nutrition from Texas Tech University. A KSU faculty member since 2004, Thomson teaches courses in cow/calf, stocker and feed yard production medicine welfare and nutrition. He has published 50 peer-reviewed papers, four book chapters and 186 abstracts. He has given more than 460 invited talks around the world. He has been reported in media outlets, including CBS News, USA Today, New York Times and Los Angeles Times. Thomson is host of “DocTalk with Dr. Dan Thomson,” a weekly program on RFD-TV.
Dr. Joel DeRouchey - graduated with his bachelor’s in animal science from South Dakota State University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Swine Nutrition at KSU.  He was hired in 2001 as the Northeast Livestock Extension Specialist.  In 2004, DeRouchey moved into Department of Animal Sciences and Industry as a Livestock Nutrition and Environmental Management Specialist. He is a professor and has a 50% Extension and 50% Research appointment. DeRouchey's Extension and Research interests involve: Mentor and train swine nutrition graduate students, swine nutrition and management research, provide environmental information to livestock producers for regulatory and manure management compliance and coordinate youth swine activities to increase knowledge and awareness of opportunities in swine production.
Jerry Horton - joined the BVTC team in May 2011. Horton has 32 years of experience in IT, information systems, and information assurance in multiple industries, notably banking, health care, manufacturing, agricultural technology, and telecommunications. In addition to his numerous industry certifications, Horton holds a degree from Fort Hays State University with a bachelor’s in information, network, and telecommunications and is pursuing his master’s in information assurance.
Jada Ackerman - graduated with her bachelors of science degree in Business Management and Ethics from Manhattan Christian College. She was hired by BVTC in 2003 and serves as the Director of Public Relations and Community Development. She has assisted multiple businesses with loans thru the USDA Rural Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) program; securing over $3 million dollars in business development financing and accounting for over 100 area jobs. Ackerman serves on the National Rural Economic Developer’s Association (NREDA) board of directors, is Co-Chair of NREDA’s membership committee, and Chair of Kansas PRIDE, Inc. 
Panel Members
Dr. Vincent Amanor-Boadu - an associate professor of agribusiness economics and management at KSU. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Guelph, in Ontario, Canada and worked as the Director of Research at the George Morris Centre, an independent agri-food think-tank in Canada. His research and outreach efforts encompass business development and entrepreneurship, technology and innovation, and strategic management, with emphasis on inter-organizational relationships. Amanor-Boadu teaches Economics and Management of Food Manufacturing, Distribution and Retailing (AGEC 570) and Advanced Food and Agribusiness Management (AGEC 890). Amanor-Boadu also conducts seminars on strategic thinking and visioning, change management, and mechanisms of governance.
Steven Dorf - serves as the President and General Manager of Kansas Fiber Network, a communications services provider founded in 2010 to provide Carrier, Government and Education customers throughout rural Kansas with access to advanced technologies through a fiber optic network. Prior to joining KFN, he served as CEO of FastTrack Communications. Prior to his tenure with FastTrack, Dorf served as Vice President and General Manager of Time Warner Telecom, a leading National provider of Voice and Data Communications services. Dorf has also served in leadership roles with Intermedia Communications, Qwest Communications, and Metropolitan Fiber Systems.
Terry Holdren - joined Kansas Farm Bureau in 2003.  He is the organization’s CEO and General Counsel working on behalf of more than 100,000 Kansas farmers and ranchers. A native of Syracuse, in Hamilton County, Kansas, Holdren’s family operated the local weekly newspaper and remains active in a farming interest in the southern part of the county. He holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from Bethany College in Lindsborg and a J.D. from Washburn University School of Law in Topeka.
Patty Clark - serves as State Director for USDA Rural Development in Kansas.  Previously, she served both the Graves Administration and the Sebelius Administration as Director of the Ag Marketing and Community Development Divisions of the Kansas Department of Commerce.  Clark also served as Director of Public Policy/Governmental Relations for the Kansas Farm Bureau and the Director of Operations for the Kansas Leadership Center.
Don Landoll - founded the Landoll Corporation in December of 1963 as a welding, blacksmith and radiator shop. Since then it has grown into a world class manufacturing operation producing products for the Agricultural, Transportation, Material Handling, OEM, and Government industries. Landoll product lines include the "Landoll" ag and trailers, Brillion (known for packers and seeders), ICON earthmoving, Bendi Narrow Aisle Forklifts, and Drexel Very Narrow Aisle Forklifts. Landoll is known for his "can do" attitude and entrepreneurial spirit. He grew up in Hanover, Kansas on the family farm and worked for Bruna Implement before moving to Marysville to begin his own venture.
Donna Schenck-Hamlin - is a co-founder and library associate of K-State’s Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy.  She has worked for the university for three decades, first in the College of Agriculture’s Food and Feed Grains Institute as database and collections manager, then as director of Information Support Services for Agriculture.  There her grant-funded projects included consulting with agricultural commodity associations, federal agencies, and university researchers.  In the last decade she has served as content developer, instructor, and community/undergraduate reference specialist with K-State Libraries.  Donna has earned degrees in library science, the humanities, and in musicology.  Her interest in public dialogue stems from her experience in numerous problem-focused projects involving partners from several professions, countries, and disciplines. Her current focus is on dialogue and deliberation with information literacy instruction for college students.
Jessica Golden - is the Strategic Outreach Manager at NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association where she leads NTCA’s first, targeted outreach initiative to develop strategic relationships with national organizations in education, health care, public safety, small business, and agriculture—groups like John Deere, Discovery Education, American Farm Bureau Federation, Veteran’s Affairs Office of Rural Health—any group whose constituents recognize the importance of broadband in rural communities initiative.
Jessica travels the country regularly to address stakeholders on the association’s federal, legislative and third party advocacy efforts. She has created and led educational sessions on community engagement and represents NTCA at monthly rural coalition meetings in Washington, DC.
Through the NTCA outreach initiative, Jessica has aided in coordinating broadband-centric summits including a Broadband Adoption Summit (2011) and Smart Rural Community Summit (2012), both of which pulled together over 50 national organizations for discussions on the role of broadband in creating smarter, more sustainable rural communities.
Since the Smart Rural Community (SRC) Summit, Jessica has been part of a small team at NTCA that has transformed the SRC concept into an initiative. Through their efforts, the SRC initiative has gained national attention from policy makers for the positive, innovative edge it brings to rural advocacy.
Jessica is a graduate of the University of Virginia.
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