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Mark Jagels   

Mark Jagels

Chairman, Davenport, Nebraska

Mark Jagels is a fourth generation farmer from south central Nebraska. He runs a diversified farm that produces corn and soybeans while custom feeding cattle and managing a trucking company. Jagels serves on the Nebraska Corn Board where he is a past chairman. He has represented the Nebraska Corn Board on the USMEF executive committee, participated in USMEF Market Expos and led several USMEF trade missions. He is a former committee member of the U.S. Grains Council’s Biotech A-Team and the National Corn Growers Association’s Research and Business Development Action Team.

Jagels serves on a number of local boards in the Davenport area and is a graduate of the Nebraska LEAD program conducted by the Nebraska Agricultural Leadership Council. He holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is a member of the Nebraska Ag-Builders Association. Jagels and his wife, Suzanne, an elementary special education teacher, have three sons.

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Leann Saunders

Chair-elect, Castle Rock, Colorado

Leann Saunders is the President of IMI Global, Inc., an agricultural verification solutions company and founder of the Where Food Comes From® food labeling program.

Leann is chair of the Traceability Working Group. She also sits on the board of directors for the International Stockmen’s Education Foundation. An alumna of Colorado State University, Leann graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Agriculture Business and a Masters in Beef Industry Leadership. Growing up on a ranch in western Colorado, she is actively involved with her family’s ranching and stocker operations and is part owner of the Mayfield Heritage Cattle Company in Animas, New Mexico.

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Roel Andriessen

Vice-chair, Dakota Dunes, South Dakota

Roel Andriessen has more than 35 years of meat industry experience. Andriessen started in his family’s international meat and poultry business in The Netherlands, and later continued the business in Kansas. In 1978, he moved to IBP which was subsequently acquired by Tyson. Roel is a senior vice president of Tyson, responsible for the International Sales Group of Tyson Fresh Meats.

A native of The Netherlands, Andriessen has been involved with USMEF since 1979 as a member of the executive committee and as chairman of various committees. A graduate of Nijenrode University in the Netherlands, he holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Washburn University in Kansas and earned an MBA degree from the University of Kansas.

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Bruce Schmoll

Secretary Treasurer, Claremont, Minnesota

Bruce Schmoll is a soybean and corn producer in southeast Minnesota who has served on the USMEF Executive Committee for three years representing the Oilseeds Producing sector. He is past-president of the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association. He also is a member of the Dodge County Corn and Soybean Board, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, the Farm Bureau and the Southeast Ag Alliance. Schmoll is a past member of the Dodge County Planning and Zoning Board and was a supervisor in Ripley Township.

He graduated with a bachelor of science degree in depth in industrial education from Winona State College. Bruce lives in Claremont, Minn., with his wife, Tarrie. They have two sons.

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Philip M. Seng

President and CEO, Denver, Colorado

Philip M. Seng oversees USMEF operations worldwide, providing direction for USMEF strategies and priorities in international programs, research, technical services, industry relations and global communications. He also serves as the primary spokesman for USMEF and other exporting interests to government and private entities regarding international trade policy and foreign market development issues related to U.S. red meat products.

Raised on an Iowa farm, Seng joined the USMEF staff in the Tokyo office in 1982, was USMEF Asian director for six years and was named president and chief operating officer in January 1990. He is fluent in Japanese, played a central role in opening the Japanese beef market, is an authority on Japan’s complex distribution system and has worked closely with both industry and government officials in Japan. His marketing strategies and approach to the Japanese market have received critical acclaim in the international business community and served as a case study in the Harvard University Business School, where he has been a guest lecturer on several occasions.

Seng has also been active in a number of other organizations. As the only American ever to serve as president of the International Meat Secretariat – where meat experts from more than 40 nations regularly meet to discuss and resolve issues – Seng served four terms. He also was president of the Japan-American Society in Colorado, and has served on the President’s Agricultural Policy Advisory Council in Washington.

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Norman Bessac

At Large
Wichita, Kan.

Mark Boyd

Calabasas, Calif.

Sam Carney

Pork Producing &
Adair, Iowa

Brad Clemens

At Large
Hatfield, Pa.

Robert Derr

United Soybean Board
Marshall, Wis.

Fritz Giesecke

Farm Organizations
Horse Cave, Ky.

John Graettinger

At Large
DeSoto, Kan.

Mark Gustafson

Greeley, Colo.
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John Hagenbuch

Oilseeds Producing
Utica, Ill.

Steve Isaf

Immediate Past Chairman, Atlanta, Ga.

Kevin Kester

Beef/Veal Producing
& Feeding
Parkfield, Calif.

Jay Lynch

Feedgrain Producing
Humboldt, Iowa

Conley Nelson

At Large
Algona, Iowa

Larry Pratt

At Large
Eliasville, Texas

Dennis M. Stiffler

Lamb Producing & Feeding
Bronx, N.Y.

Mark Swanson

Supply & Service
Henderson, Colo.