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AgriFuture Conference Agenda

Agri Future - traditional values and digital connections

Tuesday, May 17 to Thursday, May 19, 2022
Embassy Suites in  Albuquerque

Conference Agenda
Updated 5/13/22

Speaker Bios and Photos

Tuesday, May 17
4-6 p.m.                          Registration

5-7 p.m.                           Welcome Reception (La Ventana Room)

Wednesday, May 18
7:30-8:30 a.m.              Breakfast (for hotel guests only)

8:30-9:30 a.m.              General Session (Sierra Room)
                                        Don Conner, NMSU College of ACES Associate
                                        Dean/Director of Academic Programs 
                                        “Future of Agriculture”

9:30-9:45 a.m.              Networking Break (hallway)

9:45-11:15 a.m.           Breakout Sessions
                                       Option 1: Opportunities for veterans and military families (Ocotillo Room II)
                                        Moderator: Eduardo Medina, NMSU Extension Economics & New Mexico
                                        AgrAbility Coordinator

  • Matt Cogorno and Patrick Million, Not Forgotten Outreach/Homegrown by Heroes
  • Sonja Koukel, NMSU, New Mexico AgrAbility Project Director and Tracy Agiovlasitis, New Mexico AgrAbility Project Partner
  • Rick Iannucci and Alroy Billiman, Horses for Heroes

                                        Option 2: Financial management (Ocotillo Room I)
                                         Moderator:  Debbie Hughes

  • Jay Lillywhite, NMSU College of ACES Ag Economics & Ag Business
  • Verity Ulibarri, Farm Credit of New Mexico

11:30 a.m-1 p.m.          Lunch (served at 11:30 a.m., Sandia Room)
                                        Speaker: Ryan Jenkins, The Leading Voice on Generations at Work (12-1 p.m.)
1-1:15 p.m.                    Networking Break (hallway)

1:15-2:15 p.m.             General Session: Pueblo of Acoma (generations of ranching Louis family members,
                                       Sierra Room)

2:15-3:30 p.m.              General Session: Experiences and Benefits with Using Agencies (Sierra Room)
                                          Moderator: Desiree Chavez, USDA-NRCS

  • Don Bustos shares his experience using NMSU Extension
  • Gilbert Louis shares experience using USDA-NRCS and USDA-FSA

3:30-3:45 p.m.             Networking Break (hallway)

3:45-5:00 p.m.            Breakout Sessions
                                     Option 1: Food Hubs (Ocotillo Room I)
                                      Moderator:  Susann Mikkelson

  • Wes Medlock, Harvest Food Hub/Northwest New Mexico New Farmer Network
  • Ben Rasmussen, The National Center for Frontier Communities and The Southwest New Mexico Food Hub
  • Helga Garcia-Garza, Agri-Cultura

                                       Option 2: Marketing Your AgriBusiness (Ocotillo Room II)
                                        Moderator: Jason New, NMDA
                                        Marketing & Development Division Director

  • Kevin and Bobbie Branum, 1912 Market on 66
  • Kelly Egolf, of New Mexico Fresh Foods
  • Jeroen and Traci van der Ploeg, The Milkshed
  • Michael Venticinque, New Mexico Farmers Marketing Association Value Chain Coordinator

6:00 p.m.                        Industry Dinners (sign-up at registration table)

Thursday, May 19
7-8 a.m.                          Breakfast (for hotel guests only)

8-10 a.m.                        General Session: Transition/Land Succession Panel (Sierra Room)
                                         Moderator: Rick Lopez, USDA-FSA

  • Cristy Carbon-Gaul, attorney
  • Chaddy Robinson, NMSU College of ACES Ag Economics & Ag Business
  • Rick Lopez, fifth generation rancher

10-10:15 a.m.               Networking Break (hallway)

10:15-11:30 a.m.         Breakout Sessions 
                                       Option 1: Stress Management (Ocotillo Room I)
                                        Moderator: Chance Honey, Farm Credit of New Mexico
                                        Senior Relationship Officer

  • Sonja Koukel, NMSU College of ACES, New Mexico AgrAbility Project Director
  • Marcy Ward, NMSU College of ACES Extension Livestock Specialist
  • Clinton Wilson, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, AgWell Program Director

                                         Option 2: Opportunities for getting started (Ocotillo Room II)
                                          Moderator: Newt McCarty, State 4-H
                                          Agent of the Aggies Next Step Program and Youth Development

  • Katie Mechenbier, Agricultural Workforce Development Program, New Mexico Department of Agriculture
  • Sarah Wentzel-Fisher, Quivira Coalition’s New Agrarian Apprenticeship Program
  • Caren Cowan, New Mexico Cattle Growers' Association Raising Ranchers Program
  • Jennifer Luitjens Bahr, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Fellow Program

11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.      Lunch (served at 11:45 a.m., Sandia Room)
                                           Speaker: Tim “The Dairy Farmer” Moffett (12:15-1 p.m.)