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Peter Aleman
Peter Aleman is the originator and owner of Bio-Gro, Inc. Peter has been involved in soil and plant nutrition since 1982. This includes working with growers and dealers in the USA, Canada, Australia and Europe.

Peter’s specialty is designing fertilizer programs and products that maximize production in yield and quality as well as improve cost per unit of production.
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Arthur Bentley
Arthur Bentley is a farm owner… He still owns and operates the family farm that he grew up on in Upstate New York- His agriculture roots run deep!

Throughout his career Arthur has held positions in Corporate Finance, Corporate Strategy, Investment Banking as well as Mergers & Acquisitions.

In January 2019 Bentley joined GMX Technologies, a manufacturer and distributor of a biostimulant plant growth promoting and protection formulation. At GMX he is the Director of Strategy and Finance. Previously, Arthur worked as an Agribusiness advisor at two Boutique Investment Banks advising corporates and governments on agricultural transactions from 2013-2018. At Capstone Headwaters where Bentley led the firm’s agribusiness advisory practice from 2016 – 2018 and at AgriCapital from 2013 – 2015 where he was an agriculture banker. From 2009-2013 Arthur was the executive leading strategy and growth initiatives for H. J. Baker & Bros., Inc. an agribusiness company with global operations focused on micronutrient fertilizer, animal feed and Sulphur.

GMX Technologies is seeking strategic partnerships and relationships to raise capital and drive global organic growth of the business.
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Brad Bergefurd

Brad Bergefurd is an Extension Educator, Agriculture and Horticulture Specialist with Ohio State University Extension, with statewide responsibilities for outreach and research to the commercial agriculture and fruit and vegetable industries, urban agriculture and consumer horticulture including Master Gardner Volunteer training, and community gardening.

Bergefurd is located at the research farm located at the OSU Piketon Research & Extension center in Piketon and at OSU Extension Scioto County in Portsmouth and has been with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) and OSU Extension for 25 years.

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Sana Boulabiar

Sana Boulabiar is a process engineer specializing in the design of N, P, and K fertilizer systems at Veolia Water Technologies based in Chicago, Veolia's worldwide headquarters for supply of HPD Evaporation and Crystallization Technologies.

At this location, Veolia houses the R&D, process design, and project execution capabilities to develop, supply, and guarantee customized integrated process solutions for large scale water soluble fertilizer facilities on a worldwide basis.

Veolia fertilizer production systems are designed with an emphasis on efficient, reliable and cost effective production of high quality water soluble products.

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Darin Ebeling

Darin grew up on a family farm, and has been in the fertilizer Industry since 1995. He signed on with the Sackett-Waconia team in 2016 and brings tons of hands on experience to the table including business management, agronomy, product management, marketing, and retail/wholesale sales. This lifetime of fertilizer experience gives him a deep understanding of customers.

His goal is to not only grow the sales and marketing efforts, but more importantly bring his experience to customers to ensure they get the best equipment to help them meet the needs of their customers and grow their businesses.

Darin’s work began at Cenex/Land O’Lakes, and he has also worked at Agriliance, Winfield Solutions, and Wilbur-Ellis in various roles.

Darin has a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business, with an Economics minor from South Dakota State University.

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Jaeton Glover

Dr. A. Jaeton Glover received his Ph.D. in Applied Science from The College of William and Mary, where he focused on the use of high performance polymeric materials in offshore oil and gas production, in December 2010.

Having been with Surface Chemists of Florida (SCF) since 2012, he now serves as V.P. of R&D. Jaeton are his team are strongly focused on SCF’s agricultural offerings - including controlled release, anticaking, and dust control coatings - many of which are bespoke products developed to address specific customer needs using in-house custom test methods.

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Richard D. Kamolvathin

Richard Kamolvathin has been involved in organic and sustainable agriculture for two decades serving as an expert adviser in the field, scientific officer of an organic agriculture company and CEO of a agricultural start up. His passion to assist farmers to improve the soil health of their farms, maximize crop yields and increasing the effectiveness of inputs has been instrumental in his pursuit of innovative research.

From June 2006 through January 2011, Mr. Kamolvathin was a Non-GMO and Organic sustainable agriculture field adviser for the Rice Bank Foundation which offered organic solutions to rural farmers. Mr. Kamolvathin is a resident of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, a Charter President of Kiwanis, a Regents Private Advisory Board Chair of Vistage International and a board adviser to various public and private companies.

Educated at Western University New York, he earned a Master of Science degree in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from New York Business School. Mr. Kamolvathin also holds a number of physics-based U.S. patents.

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Priyanka Khemka

Ms. Priyanka Khemka is a Consultant in Nexant’s Energy and Chemicals and Consulting group based in White Plains, NY. Priyanka has been a key contributor to Nexant’s Polyolefin Planning Service program for the past three years, and has lead a series of market research activities investigating various aspects of the polyolefin businesses.

She has managed several global multi-client and single-client marketing and feasibility studies in the petrochemical sector. Priyanka is also the Program Manager for Strategic Business Analysis Ammonia Urea program, and has responsibilities for commercial management and project management of the fertilizer program.

Priyanka received her Bachelors and Masters in Chemical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley.

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Alexis Maxwell
Alexis Maxwell is Research Director with Green Markets and is originally from Illinois.

Prior to joining Green Markets, Alexis held positions in market research and sales at fertilizer producers SABIC and CF Industries. She also launched a satellite imagery startup focused on agriculture production at Lanworth (now Thomson Reuters).

Alexis received a MS/MBA in Agribusiness Management from Purdue University’s School of Agricultural Economics and Indiana University’s Kelly School of Business and a BA from The College of William and Mary.
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George Murray

George C. Murray is the Product Development Specialist for Innovar Ag, LLC, a high-value manufacturer and distributor of specialty fertilizer technologies and additives.

George has a strong background in plant physiology, plant metabolomics, soil ecology, biochemistry, and formulation chemistry. Focusing on nitrogen stabilizers and amino-acid polymers, George continues to drive Innovar’s technologies to a new level, providing an unparalleled level of product performance and value to Innovar’s customers in a variety of markets.

In his free time, he tends to his small cherry orchard, grows specialty watermelons, and spends time with his very supportive wife and three children.

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Doug Wright
Douglas Wright is the Purchasing Manager for Agronomy Products at MKC, Mid Kansas Coop, Moundridge, Kansas. Doug started with MKC in 1979 has held several management roles with MKC during his career. MKC is a $600,000,000 Agribusiness in Central Kansas with 42 locations in 13 counties in central Kansas. Grain, Agronomy, and Petroleum are the core businesses at MKC. MKC services over 2500 active producers in Kansas. In his current role as Purchasing Manager he is responsible for the procurement and risk management of over $90M of fertilizer and crop protection products. Doug is a past Chairman of the Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association.

In his free time Doug enjoys working on projects around the home and projects involved in the business that he and wife Lori operate including, wedding and event decorating and investment properties. During their free time, Doug and Lori enjoy family time and spoiling their three grandchildren.
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Amy Yoder
Ms. Yoder has been in the agricultural industry for more than 20 years. She has held key roles with Arysta LifeScience, Monsanto and Spectrum Brands and served on boards with CropLife America and RISE (Responsible Industry Sound Environment).

Amy is currently a board member with Compass Minerals and Vive Crop Protection. She also promotes agriculture through her directorship on the Clemson University Foundation Board and as President for the Sigma Alpha Foundation.

Some of Amy’s previous roles include CEO of Arysta LifeScience North America and President of Spectrum Brands Home and Garden.
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