Meet the MJ Team

 

Jeff Wilkerson

Jeff Wilkerson (Program Host)

 

Additional Contributors

Mike Briggs

Mike Briggs

Livestock Marketing Analyst

Briggs Feed Yard

Mike Briggs is a third-generation cattleman from Seward, Nebraska. His family has been feeding cattle since 1935.

Briggs, a graduate of Doane College in Crete, Nebraska, is an active member of the Nebraska Cattlemen. He also served as the vice-chair of the Animal Health and Nutrition Committee, and as chairman of the Feed Lot Council. He is a charter member of the board of the Nebraska Corn-fed Beef program and also served as president and vice-president of that organization.

Mike Briggs says he enjoys the beef business and says that he, "cannot imagine doing anything else."

Kathleen R. Brooks

Kate Brooks

Livestock Marketing Analyst

Agricultural Economist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Kate is originally from central Kansas where she grew up on a farm raising cattle and sheep along with various crops. She received her B.S. in Agribusiness from Kansas State University, her M.S. in Agribusiness from Illinois State University, and her Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Oklahoma State University. Brooks served as a faculty member at West Texas A&M University from August 2010 to December 2012 and joined the UNL faculty in January 2013.

Brooks interests and experiences span throughout the livestock industry. Brooks research in large part has dealt with meat and livestock economics. In particular, she has done work on pork production and several issues related to meat and livestock marketing. She has also done work in consumer preference dealing with issues such as animal cloning and fat injected steaks.

Al Dutcher

Al Dutcher

Agricultural Climatologist, Nebraska Extension

email: adutcher1@unl.edu

Al Dutcher specializes in climate data analysis, soil moisture analysis, weather forecasting, crop/weather relationships, and drought monitoring. A member of NU's School of Natural Resource Sciences, Al has been with the University of Nebraska since 1989. He holds a B.S. in Meteorology and an M.S. in Climatology, both degrees earned at Iowa State University.

Dutcher is a past president and current member of the American Association of State Climatologists. He serves on the Governor's Climate Assessment Response Committee and chairs the state's Water Availability Outlook Committee. He's also a contributing editor/writer for Cropwatch.

Originally from Deckerville, Michigan, Al has also lived in Germany, Japan, Virginia, and North Carolina.

Elaine Kub

Elain Kub

Grain Marketing Analyst

Author

Elaine Kub is the author of Mastering the Grain Markets: How Profits Are Really Made — a 360-degree look at all aspects of grain trading, which draws on her experiences as a futures broker, market analyst, grain merchandiser, and farmer. Before earning an engineering degree from the University of Nebraska and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of California San Diego, Kub grew up on a family farm in South Dakota, where she is still active in grain and livestock production.

John Meuret

John Meuret

Grain Marketing Analyst

J.E. Meuret Grain Company

John is a University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate with degrees in Economics and Business Management. He lives in Brunswick with his wife, Kendra, and their two daughters, Audrey and Emily. J.E. Meuret Grain Company has been family owned and operated since 1923 and assists farmers in northeast Nebraska with their grain and feed operations.

Darin Newsom

Darin Newsom

Grain Marketing Analyst

DTN senior analyst, Darin Newsom, has 25 years of experience analyzing commodity markets and developing risk-management strategies and is also the creator and guiding force behind DTN's Six Factor Marketing Strategies. Besides DTN, his articles and commentary are also consistently featured in industry publications such as The Progressive Farmer, Trader Planet, and Commodities Now Magazine, along with multiple newspapers and radio stations throughout the country.

Frayne Olson

Frayne Olson

Wheat Marketing Analyst

Crops Economist & Marketing Specialst, North Dakota State University

Dr. Olson conducts educational programs and research in crop marketing and market analysis, crop contracting and risk management. He also does collaborative research and educational work in the areas of agribusiness management and farm management. Dr. Olson received his PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Missouri, and his M.S. and B.S. in Agricultural Economics from North Dakota State University.

Jeff Peterson

Jeff Peterson

Grain Marketing Analyst

Jeff Peterson created Heartland Farm Partners with Dan Cowger. The team's vision of Heartland Farm Partners is "A commitment to excellence in personalized service for farm operations, big or small."

Jeff has spent his professional life working in the grain industry. He began his career with Cargill and has spent over 17 years in the grain industry. Nine of those years were spent as a grain merchandiser and manager at large elevators throughout the Midwest. Jeff has spent the last eight years of his career working directly with farmers on their marketing needs.

Jeff enjoys working with farmers on an individual basis and realizes the personal, financial and emotional needs of each operation are different.

Ron Plain

Ron Plain

Hog Marketing Analyst

Extension Economist - Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri-Columbia

email: plainr@missouri.edu

Ron Plain serves as program leader for extension within the department and has been a faculty member at MU since 1981. Ron received his B.S. and Masters degrees in Agricultural Education from the University of Missouri and his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Oklahoma State University. His areas of expertise include livestock marketing, farm business management, and swine production.

Ron grew up on a diversified crop and livestock farm near El Dorado Springs, Missouri. He taught vocational agriculture for three years at Odessa, Missouri, before returning to graduate school. Dr. Plain is married and has three children.

Roy Smith

Roy Smith

Grain Marketing Analyst

website: soyroy.com

Roy Smith raises soybeans and corn and lives with his wife Sharon on a 1,000-acre farm near Plattsmouth, Nebraska. Roy is past president of the Nebraska Soybean Association, and past vice-president of the American Soybean Association. He's also represented the ASA on the agricultural advisory committee of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which regulates the Chicago Board of Trade, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and other commodity exchanges.

Roy advocates the use of seasonal price charts and the development of "farmer-friendly" marketing strategies. Roy says that, above all, as a producer, "you need to set your farm and family goals and measure your success in marketing against those goals. Be sure that everyone in the family shares those goals. Don't let minor setbacks in markets distract you from the really important things in life."

Luke Beckman

Luke Beckman

Grain Marketing Analyst

ProEdge Grain Manager, Central Valley Ag

Luke is the ProEdge Grain Manager for Central Valley Ag, heading up CVA’s ProEdge division. This brand concentrates on risk management for the farm business as well as providing area producers with grain bids into CVA and direct ship destinations. Luke is a native of Elgin, Nebraska, having grown up on a farm consisting of irrigated corn and soybeans and market hogs. Luke began working for CVA as a Risk Management Consultant in 2011, following college at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. While in Lincoln, Luke obtained Bachelor’s degrees in Agricultural Economics and Agronomy in addition to securing his commodity brokerage license. With the help of his ProEdge team, Luke coordinates all ProEdge risk management publications and provides official grain marketing recommendations for ProEdge Clients.