Mike Fontaine is an agricultural meteorologist in Schneider Electric/DTN's Andover, Massachusetts office, with a prominent role in computer operations.
Mike is a leading forecaster for ProphetX and Dow Jones clients and provides critical daily crop weather forecasts for agricultural interests. Mike has developed, and made operational, high grade agricultural model forecast maps for MET OPS in both the Minneapolis and Andover offices. Mike has been with DTN since 1999 (then Weather Services Corp.) and attended the University of Massachusetts.
Mike previously worked for Pembrook Management as a security manager before his career change into the weather business. Some of Mike's interests include baseball, hockey and astronomy.
Cheryl Anderson, a DTN reporter and editor, grew up on a farm near Fremont, Neb. Cheryl is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln majoring in journalism and English and worked for many years as a news editor and reporter for The Ashland Gazette in Ashland, Neb. Cheryl reports on the distillers grains industry, as well as forage and livestock and also edits other news content.
Bryce Anderson has been DTN's ag meteorologist and fill-in market analyst since 1991. He combines his expertise in weather forecasting with a south-central Nebraska farm background to bring in-depth, focused commentary on the top weather developments affecting agriculture each day.
Rhonda Brooks grew up on a cow/calf farm in southwest Missouri and earned a degree in ag journalism from the University of Missouri. She has an extensive background in public relations and most recently was the seeds and production editor at Farm Journal. Rhonda is the managing editor for The Progressive Farmer magazine.
Alan Brugler, a DTN consulting analyst, is president of Brugler Marketing and Management LLC, a marketing-advisory, education and consulting service. From 1992-2002 he was senior analyst and then director of analysis for DTN AgDaily. Before that he was director of market information services for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. Alan grew up on a grain and dairy farm in northeast Ohio that his family still operates.
Joel Burgio is a senior agricultural meteorologist for DTN Weather, working out of DTN's Woburn, Mass., office. Joel graduated with a bachelor of science degree in meteorology from the University of Lowell in Massachusetts.
DTN Ag Policy Editor Chris Clayton joined DTN in October 2005 after working more than seven years for the Omaha World-Herald, where his agricultural coverage included being part of the 2001 reporting team that uncovered a fraud case the FBI called the largest cattle scam in U.S. history.
Daniel Davidson is a contributing agronomist. Davidson writes on agronomy and crop production for growers across the Corn Belt and dispenses timely advice on production practices and decisions in our production blog. He specializes in clarifying scientifically complex issues so average farmers can understand them.
DTN refined fuels reporter Myke Feinman procures daily market pricing and commentary for spot liquefied petroleum gas products. He also helped develop daily spot pricing for biodiesel. Myke provides breaking news for the downstream natural gas liquids and biodiesel industries and covers news conferences related to the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining DTN in 2011, Myke worked for four years at BioFuels Journal magazine covering ethanol, biodiesel and advanced biofuels, after a 20-year career as a daily and weekly newspaper reporter in rural Illinois.
David M. Fiala has been a DTN contributing author since 2001. President, chief analyst and commodity trading adviser with FuturesOne, David is a former agricultural marketing instructor for the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.
Gerald (Jerry) Gulke, whose column appears Mondays on DTN, was born and raised on a small grains and livestock farm near Ellendale, N.D. He has an electrical/electronic engineering degree from North Dakota State University and an MBA from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. He worked for Sundstrand Corporation, an engineering company, where he honed his skills in financial analysis, project management, marketing and contract administration.
Walt Hackney, who writes DTN's "Talkin' Livestock" column, is a partner in a national feeder cattle company that supplies replacement cattle to numerous commercial feedlots, as well as to independent cattle feeders throughout the Midwest. In addition to his DTN writing, Walt serves as a livestock market analyst for Iowa Public Television's Market to Market broadcast.
Jerry Hagstrom, DTN's political correspondent, is a prize-winning agricultural journalist, author and commentator. He writes The Hagstrom Report, a daily service for subscribers, is a columnist for National Journal in Washington, and writes for other publications. The American Journalism Review named him one of its "unsung heroes" for his agricultural coverage. He has won numerous awards from the North American Agricultural Journalists and is a past president of that organization.
Progressive Farmer associate editor Virginia Harris covers rural living, including farm youth, farm safety, estate planning, rural issues and niche markets, and cotton production for the 165-year-old magazine. Virginia won several writing and photography awards and achieved the Master Writer distinction of the American Agricultural Editor's Association master writer program within her first three years on staff. As a college student, Virginia held multiple internships, including with the public and media affairs office at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in Washington, D.C. She graduated from Samford University in 2012 with a degree in journalism and English. Virginia grew up in Benton, Mississippi, right on the edge of the Mississippi Delta. Her family owns a hardware store and is the third generation to farm on the family's land in the Delta.
As editor-in-chief of The Progressive Farmer, Gregg Hillyer lives in Lake St. Louis, Mo. Before coming to The Progressive Farmer, you may remember him as the editor of Soybean Digest. He edited that publication for nearly 12 years.
Cliff Jamieson was born and raised on a family farm at Flaxcombe, a town in west-central Saskatchewan close to the Alberta border. Cliff graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1987 with a degree in agriculture, majoring in economics, as well as Athabasca University with a masters in business administration in 1996.
Joel Karlin, whose charts appear in DTN Grains, is a Commodity Merchandiser/Market Analyst for Western Milling. His specialties include supply-demand analysis, price forecasting, and relative value nutritional analysis.
Mary Kennedy has been in the grain business for more than 30 years and has worked in the Minneapolis, Duluth-Superior and PNW markets as a buyer/merchandiser of spring and winter wheat, durum, corn, barley, pulse crops and various other small grains. She is a native of St. Paul, Minn., and has lived in North Dakota and in Wisconsin where she worked as a commodity buyer in local grain elevators and an ethanol plant.
Rick Kment is DTN's ethanol and dairy analyst. Rick joined DTN in March 2005. He has more than 15 years of experience in the agribusiness and dairy industries, including five years managing his own farm and nine years working with agricultural producers and agribusinesses throughout the Midwest on animal nutrition and farm management.
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. She grew up on a family farm in South Dakota and holds an engineering degree and an MBA.
Katie Micik grew up near the Illinois-Wisconsin border in Rockton, Ill. She graduated from the University of Missouri in spring of 2009 with a bachelor's of journalism in news/editorial writing and minors in history and sociology. She interned with DTN's Agriculture Policy editor for six weeks before becoming DTN's wire editor. Katie switched to full time reporting in November 2010 and has since earned several industry awards for breaking news and features reporting. She is now DTN's Markets Editor, covering commodities markets and marketing strategies that help farmers minimize their risk in volatile times.
Dan Miller came to be Farmstead Editor after 15 years in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he was Progressive Farmer's Midwest Editor. Moving to the South and to headquarters in Birmingham, he now coordinates editorial for the Idea House and Farmstead and the Ultimate Workspaces programs. He also leads the farmstead editorial planning team.
Brian L. Milne has been involved in the energy markets for nearly 12 years as an analyst, journalist and editor, beginning his focus with natural gas in 1996. Milne quickly expanded his coverage to include the electricity industry during the move to deregulated markets in the late 1990s. By 2001, Milne had expanded his focus to include the downstream petroleum industry, adding ethanol to his coverage in 2003. Milne graduated magna cum laude from Monmouth University in New Jersey with a B.A. in History and an Interdisciplinary in Political Science.
Kathy Myers was raised on a hog farm in northwest Iowa. Her family settled on the home place in 1870. Kathy began working in ag news as a Statistical Editor and after a few years working behind the scenes in development, she has returned to the ag newsroom as a Data Analyst/Grain Bid Manager.
Vicki Myers never imagined that the trail of cotton lint lining the roads of her home town near Eudora, Miss., would be a trail she would follow across the country in her career. One thing was for sure -- she would write. In her senior year in high school she served as editor of the school newspaper. At Memphis State, where she graduated with a B.A. degree in journalism, she wrote for the university's office of Public Affairs, as well as a local newspaper called the Memphis Business Journal. After graduation, she accepted an internship at the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., then later with Readers Digest's Washington Bureau. Ready to move back home, Vicki decided to be a freelance writer. It didn't take long to carve a niche for herself in agricultural writing, specifically cotton.
Linda Nellson is a DTN Market Reporter and also assists DTN's chief livestock analyst John Harrington in his daily analytical tasks, including collecting data, researching and compiling charts. Her paternal grandparents farmed in the Rising City, Nebraska, area for 40 years, raising mostly corn and milo. Her in-laws no longer farm their ground, near Kearney, Nebraska, but rent it out. She attended Spencer School of Business and graduated from Central Community College in Hastings, Nebraska. After stints in the hotel, retail, business and county government arenas, she joined DTN in 1999.
DTN Senior Analyst, Darin Newsom has more than 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.
Jack Odle grew up on a diversified farm in east-central Kansas. In fact, he still maintains a financial interest in the farm run by his father and brother. Jack also owns and rents pastureland, has a cow-calf and stocker operation, and helped develop J&H Cattle Company, a stocker grazing operation for investors. Jack's successful career began with a B.S. degree in journalism with minors in Animal Science and Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University in 1974.
George has covered energy markets since the summer of 1998, initially reporting on Latin American oil markets before moving on to cover U.S. spot oil market, corporate earnings and refinery outages at Dow Jones Newswires. He covered oil futures market and Mideast oil exports as a senior reporter at Oil Daily and Petroleum Intelligence Weekly from 2004 to 2007. He joined DTN in the summer of 2008 as a reporter, covering oil and ethanol markets. He graduated from Columbia University with an MS in journalism in 1996.
Mike Palmerino graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell with a bachelors of science degree in meteorology. He has been a consulting meteorologist to the grain and commodity futures industries and to news and information services for over 25 years.
Jim Patrico and his wife Gretchen live in Plattsburg, Mo., and his walls are lined with awards for writing and photography. He has won the American Agricultural Editors' Association Photographer of the Year award four times and the Oscar in Agriculture writing award twice. He has also been named a Master Writer by AAEA, which means he has won awards in nearly every writing category open to competition.
Since 1993, Nick has held many positions at DTN. He currently is responsible for the news videos produced by AgNews. He is also responsible for the photographs that reporters shoot. In addition, Nick also provides technical assistance to others in the newsroom.
Robin Schmahl writes a weekly dairy column for DTN and provides other dairy information. His company, AgDairy LLC, is an introducing broker, and he previously worked from 1996 to 2001 for Allendale Inc. as a commodity broker and as manager of Allendale's Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, branch. In 2001 he worked with DTN on a dairy marketing program that is no longer offered.
Philip Shaw's "Under the Agridome" column is in its 23rd year of publication and has appeared on DTN for the past 15 years. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in agricultural economics and business from the University of Guelph in Ontario and farms 830 acres near Dresden, Ontario.
Elaine Shein, DTN's associate managing editor, is responsible for editing DTN feature articles and series, as well as providing oversight on special projects. She also is responsible for news content on the DTN's Canada site, and helps coordinate DTN's social media postings. Shein hosts DTN's Reporter's Notebook video and also helps host DTN's daily videos, including the Market Weather Outlook, Hot Sheet and Closing Grain Market Comments.
Pamela Smith joined DTN/The Progressive Farmer staff as Crops Technology Editor in 2012. She previously was seeds and technology editor for Farm Journal Media. An Illinois native, she started her career as a field editor for Prairie Farmer magazine and has freelanced for a multitude of farm, food and travel magazines. Pamela is a two-time winner of the American Agriculture Editor's Association Writer of the Year honors. In 2009, she received the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism award for a series on soybean rust. She was the first agricultural journalist to receive that coveted prize, often referred to as the Pulitzer of business journalism. In 2011, she received a second Neal award as part of a team covering the legacy of passing down the farm through the generations. She has also been named the journalist of the year by the American Phytopathological Society (plant pathologists) and was awarded a national food writing award for her profile of Father Dominic Garramone, a bread-baking priest. Four generations of her family manage a diversified crop and livestock farm in central Illinois.
Richard Smith, DTN's Tokyo-based Far East correspondent, has been reporting on Japanese and South Korean agriculture and food trade issues since 2003. He writes for Agri-Pulse, Capital Press and Livestock Weekly, as well as agribusiness publications in Australia, Canada, England, Ireland and New Zealand.
Marcia Zarley Taylor came to DTN as executive editor in February 2007 after a 25-year career at Farm Journal Media, first as Washington, D.C. editor and for 17 years as editor of Top Producer, the company's business magazine for executive farmers. In 1988, Taylor also took a brief sabbatical to teach agricultural journalism as a visiting professor at the University of Missouri.
Emily (Garnett) Unglesbee is a staff reporter for the DTN newsroom. She grew up in south-central Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in classics. In an effort to escape academia, she spent the next two years working on five different farms and ranches in England, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Nebraska. After discovering she enjoyed agriculture far more than Latin and Greek, she earned her master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, while working part-time for DTN/The Progressive Farmer and the Missouri Ruralist.
Doug Webster is a DTN senior agricultural meteorologist. His primary focus is the creation of in-depth crop-critical daily weather forecasts for North and South America. In addition, he produces weather forecast content and commentary for other areas of the globe on an as-needed basis. He rounds out his DTN production by producing a weekly blog with extensive detail on weather and climate impact for crop areas in the Canadian Prairies.
Lance Woodbury is an adviser to family-owned and closely held businesses, including farm businesses. He helps them plan for the future and implement ownership or management strategies that improve their effectiveness.