Dr. Jed Colquhoun
Dr. Jed Colquhoun Dr. Colquhoun is a Professor in the Department of Horticulture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Co-Director of the Environmental Resources Center and Integrated Pest Management programs. His research and outreach work is centered at the crossroads of productive agricultural systems and natural resource management. In this role, he has provided leadership to the National Initiative for Sustainable Agriculture (NISA), which has worked with agricultural producers across North America to self-assess sustainability on over 1 million acres in the past year. Jed also serves in advisory roles for a number of agriculture- and food-related associations and charitable organizations, such as the State Association of Feeding America Foodbanks. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Cornell University and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to returning to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he was a faculty member at Oregon State University.
Dr. Paul Mitchell
Dr. Paul Mitchell Dr. Paul Mitchell is an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and extension state specialist in cropping systems and environmental management with UW Extension. He is also co-Director of UW Extension’s Nutrient and Pest Management program, a faculty affiliate with the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at UW-Madison, and an International Science and Technology Practice and Policy (InSTePP) fellow at the University of Minnesota’s InSTePP Center. His research, teaching and outreach focus on the economics of crop production, emphasizing pest management, risk management, and agricultural sustainability. Paul heads up research strategy and statistical analysis for FieldRise assessment programs.
Dr. Shawn P. Conley
Dr. Shawn P. Conley is a Professor of Agronomy and the State Soybean and Small Grain Specialist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Conley’s research goal is to generate science based solutions to address real world problems in soybean and small grain production. This knowledge is then integrated and delivered through his Extension program. Dr. Conley has authored or co-authored 50 refereed journal articles and has spoken at >500 events and to nearly 35,000 clients since beginning his academic career. Dr. Conley’s commitment to agriculture and the Wisconsin Idea has also led him to coauthor a children’s book entitled “Coolbean the Soybean”.
John Osthus has nearly three decades of agrimarketing leadership experience, helping build stronger relationships between business, people and the environment. John’s ag experience began with "assisting" his dad during veterinary visits to Central Illinois farms. Thanks to a farm town upbringing and journalism jobs starting in high school, John took a natural path to the University of Illinois, where he studied agricultural communications. He landed his first PR job working on Chevron's ag business for an agency in Carmel, Ca., where he supported products for numerous crops throughout the West Coast. He counts promoting reduced tillage and helping launch the first biotech products as his favorite career experiences - so far. Through a wide range of marketing communications and sustainability issues management work at some of the world’s largest agribusinesses and ag agencies, John has applied a life-long passion for farming, business strategy, science (and food), to proactively help address sustainability challenges.
Ronald LaRock has spent nearly his whole life working in information technology. His development and management skills are the result of nearly two decades of prior experience working with large Wall Street firms, providing them with technology solutions that ranged from Web-based business solutions to large scale financial management and analytical packages. Ron now manages all FieldRise digital assets and guides our information technology while creating and managing our proprietary survey delivery and analytic systems. This includes customizing data collectors for each client and working to continually grow and develop our information technology and software systems and the platforms upon which they run. By combining his skills with unwavering commitment to providing the highest level of quality possible to our clients, we've committed ourselves to building lasting relationships by providing the best possible solutions to your growing sustainability needs.