Faces of the Foundation

The AgChat Foundation is a community powered by 99% volunteers. With a collaborative mission of connecting consumers to their food, our volunteers work together to educate farmers and ranchers so they may effectively share their stories. Below you will find a listing of our board of directors and committees which drive the Foundation.

We currently in need of volunteers who can assist by moderating #AgChat/#FoodChat conversations and blogging contributors. Please visit our moderator request form if you are interested in moderating a chat.

Board of Directors:

  • Jeff VanderWerff, Farmer, President
  • Marie Bowers Stagg, Farmer, Vice-President
  • Ryan Weeks, Farmer, Secretary
  • Zach Hunnicutt, Farmer, Treasurer
  • Darin Grimm, Farmer, Past President
  • Brian Scott, Farmer
  • Mark Gale, Agribusiness Liaison at Charleston|Orwig
  • Michele Payn-Knoper, Farmer & Professional Speaker at Cause Matters Corp.
  • Kathy Swift, DVM, Veterinarian
  • John Blue, Digital Ag Media Producer and Publisher at Truffle Media
  • Leah Brakke, Communication Manager at Black Hills Gold
  • Tim Zweber, Farmer

Marketing Committee:

  • Leah Brakke, Black Hills Gold, Chairperson
  • Amy Wathen, Pink Tractor
  • Jodi Oleen, Kansas Pork
  • Alec Winmill, Botlink
  • Jeff VanderWerth, Farmer
  • Ryan Weeks, Farmer

Finance/Sponsorship Committee:

  • Ryan Weeks, Farmer, Chairperson
  • Michele Payn-Knoper
  • Marie Bowers Stagg
  • Mark Gale

Training Committee:

  • Michele Payn-Knoper, Cause Matters, Chairperson
  • Dr. Kathy Swift, Veterinarian
  • Carrie Mess, Speaker and Farmer
  • Katie Pinke, KatPinke Consulting, ThePinkPost.com
  • David Butler, Alltech
  • Lauren Neale, Tennessee Beef Industry Council & Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association
  • Brooke Haney, Charleston|Orwig, RuralGoneUrban.com
  • John Blue, Truffle Media
  • Jan Hoadley, Farmer, SlowMoneyFarm
  • Ryan Weeks, Farmer, Weeks Family Farms
  • Brian Scott, Farmer, TheFarmersLife.com
  • Jodi Oleen, Kansas Pork Association
  • Elizabeth Burns-Thompson, Iowa Corn

Pacific Northwest Agvocacy Conference Committee:

  • Marie Bowers Stagg, Farmer, Bashaw Land & Seed, OregonGreen.com, Chairperson
  • KayDee Gilkey, Farmer, AgInfo.net
  • Krista Stauffer, Farmer, TheFarmersWifee.com
  • Michele Payn-Knoper, Cause Matters Corp.

AgChat/FoodChat Committee:

  • Brian Scott, Farmer, TheFarmersLife.com, Co-Chairperson
  • Joe O’Connell, Editor Steak Perfection, Co-Chairperson
  • Jan Hoadley, Farmer, SlowMoneyFarm
  • Michele Payn-Knoper, Cause Matters Corp.
  • John Blue, Truffle Media
  • Marie Bowers Stagg, Farmer, Bashaw Land & Seed, OregonGreen.com

AgChat/FoodChat Conversation Moderators:

  • Brian Scott, Farmer, TheFarmersLife.com
  • Joe O’Connell, Editor of Steak Perfection
  • Jan Hoadley, Farmer, SlowMoneyFarm
  • Michele Payn-Knoper, Cause Matters Corp.
  • John Blue, Truffle Media
  • Jenny Schweigert, TheMagicFarmHouse.com
  • Lara Durben, Minnesota Turkey Growers Association
  • Emily Meredith, National Milk Producers Foundation
  • Meg Kelly, Swine technician at Hord Livestock Company
  • Melissa Woolpert, Intern, Vermont University
  • Kathy Swift, DVM, Veterinarian