ACT Bios

ASA’s Advocacy and Communications Team, or ACT, is a network of soybean farmers from across the country, diverse in experience and background, but each with a passion for interacting with consumers and the media to help more Americans discover the good work and the promise of modern agriculture.

Meet the team…

2015 ACT

Dennis Bogaards, Bogaards Farms, Inc., Pella, Iowa


Dennis Bogaards, Pella, Iowa

Dennis Bogaards serves as an ASA Director from Iowa. His family farm consists of 450 acres of soybeans and 550 acres of other crops. They also sell ag technology equipment. Dennis has a degree in mechanics and is passionate about telling the story of ag and conveying positive messages about Genetically Modified Organisms. He uses social media often, both on personally and professionally. You can find Dennis on, the “Flying the Farm” Facebook page or YouTube.

Denise Cannatella, Cannatella Outdoors Farms, Melville, La.


Denise Cannatella, Melville, La.

Denise works on the family alongside her husband and son. They farm 3,500 acres of soybeans, corn sorghum and also run a small herd of beef cattle.Denise participated in many leadership programs throughout her career in agriculture. She spent 20 years working the Louisiana Ag in the Classroom and now as the Louisiana Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Chairman, she continues to encourage women to use their voices on behalf of agriculture.

Denise stresses the importance of water issues, GMO’s and modern agricultural practices as she advocates for the industry. She also believes that it is important to educate state and federal legislators about farming issues and how they can help.

Hunter Grills, Grills Farms, Newbern, Tenn.

Hunter Grills

Hunter Grills, Newbern, Tenn.

Hunter Grills farms 2,800 acres with his Dad and brother in western Tennessee.  The Grills grow soybeans, wheat and milo.  The family uses no-till and minimum till as part of their sustainable farming practices.

Hunter is passionate about ag education and very comfortable in one-on-one conversations about food.

He works with school aged children to ensure they know the story of modern farming.

Brad Kremer, Hillcrest Family Farms, Pittsville, Wis.

Brad and his wife Nicole operate a family farm consisting of 1,200 acres of soybeans and 1,800 acres of corn, wheat and alfalfa.  They also own a 400 animal dairy and a facility where they dry and store grain.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin River Falls, Brad was recently elected to the Wisconsin Soybean Association Board of Directors.

Brad actively looks for opportunity to tell the story of agriculture, whether on a plane or Facebook. He’s also especially fond of youth outreach.

Nick Moody, Green Meadows Farm, Blackstone, Va. 

Nick Moody farms with his father in Dinwiddie and Nottoway Counties. They grow 900 acres of soybeans and another 300 acres of wheat, grain sorghum and corn. They use both no-till and precision ag technologies on their farm.

Nick holds a Bachelor of Science  in Crop Soil and Environmental Sciences and an associate’s degree in agricultural technology.  He sits on the Board of the Virginia Soybean Association.

Moody recently started a blog and actively advocates for agriculture on Facebook.  He also participated in an ag awareness campaign through Virginia Tech.

Andrew Moore, Moore’s Seed and Grain Farm, Inc., Resaca, Ga.

Andrew Moore farms with his father and grandfather in northwest Georgia on a farm that was established in 1955.  The Moore’s currently raise eight different row crops or cereal grains and have added value to their operation through vertically integrating an expeller pressed oil mill to process oilseeds and a pellet mill manufacturing all classes of animal feeds.

Andrew holds a Bachelor in Arts in both Music and Psychology from Mercer University.  He sits on the U.S. Canola Association Board.

Moore believes we have a responsibility to feed our families, communities, regions and the world. He advocates strongly on behalf of the industry, stressing responsible, sustainable production practices that are both conventional and unconventional.

Lynn Rohrscheib, Roherscheib Farms, Fairmount, Ill.

Lynn Rohrscheib is a ninth generation farmer who grows soybeans, corn and wheat with her parents and younger sister. The farm consists of 4,264 acres of soybeans and 3,000 acres of other crops. The Roherscheibs have 15 full-time employees and also hire seasonal help.

Lynn holds a Bachelor of Science in Plant and Soil Sciences from Southern Illinois University.  She serves on the Board of Directors as Secretary for the Illinois Soybean Association.

Rohrscheib is active on social media, using Facebook to talk about their family farm. She wants to help spread the truth about GMO’s and believes in talking with urban moms across the nation as people continue to become farther removed from food production.

Jenny Rohrich, Rohrich Farms & Prairie Californian, Ashley, N.D.

Jennifer Dewey Rohrich

Jenny Rohrich, Ashley, N.D.

Jenny Rohrich’s family farm consists of 1,000 acres of soybeans and 3,000 acres of other crops including corn, sunflowers and wheat.  The Rohrich’s farm with Jenny’s father-in-law, brother- in-law and occasionally their 88 year old grandfather.

Jenny holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and was a speaker at the AgChat Foundation. She is extremely active on social media, operating both her farm page, “Rohrich Farms,” and a personal page, “PrairieCalifornian. “ Her primary method of advocating for agriculture is through her blog, which has 12K average monthly page views. Jenny is passionate about connecting with people outside of agriculture, helping them to feel comfortable and confident about what farmers do.

Bob Worth, Worth Farms, Lake Benton, Minn


Bob Worth, Lake Benton, Minn.

Bob Worth, Lake Benton, Minn.The Worth’s grow 600 acres of soybeans and 600 acres of corn on their family farm.

Bob is a former member of the ASA Executive Committee and has completed many leadership programs during his career in agriculture. He has a true passion for agriculture.

He shares that passion through one-on-one interactions, media interviews and social media.  He believes it is important to continue building connections because of the growing disconnect between farming and the non-farming public.

Hear Bob Worth’s new live radio segment “For What It’s Worth” each Tuesday at 8:45 a.m. CT on Minnesota’s KLOH by clicking here and then clicking “Listen Live.”

2016 ACT

Kyle Bridgeforth, Bridgeforth Farms, Tanner, Ala.


Kyle Bridgeforth, Bridgeforth Farms, Tanner, Ala.

Kyle Bridgeforth is a fifth generation farmer from Tanner, Ala. He farms with his dad, uncle, brother and cousin on Bridgeforth Farms, where they grow double-crop wheat and soybeans, but also grow corn, canola, cotton and grain sorghum.

“We strive to utilize the most efficient agronomic techniques available, including precision planting and fertilizing along with multiple forms of irrigation. Most of our marketing structure consists of forward contracts and conservative futures hedges,” Kyle said.

Kyle graduated from Morehouse College with a degree in international studies: business and economics. He’s participated in the ASA DuPont Young Leaders Program and the USB See For Yourself Program.  With the ASA, he’s lobbied on behalf on the soybean industry and in 2014 gave a speech on is experience during the USB See For Yourself Program. Every other year, his operation hosts a Field Day, in conjunction with the National Black Growers Council, where they invite members of the community to learn about the latest agricultural programs and technology.

Kyle is most passionate about minority and underrepresented farmers, global food security, young farmers and community awareness.

Kelcie Cowan, Brownfield, Texas


Kelcie Cowan, Brownfield, Texas

Kelcie Cowan is just beginning to help her dad out on their farm operation in Brownfield Texas. Kelcie has a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management. She participated in ASA’s 2016 Soybean Leadership College. She said she is passionate about learning more about communicating with consumers about modern agriculture.

Brad Doyle, Berger Farms/Eagle Seed, Weiner, Ark.


Brad Doyle, Berger Farms/Eagle Seed, Weiner, Ark.

Brad Doyle operates Berger Farms/Eagle seed with his wife Joyce in Weiner, Ark. They grow soybeans, rice, wheat, cereal rye and barley for seed production. With Joyce being is a second generation soybean breeder, their specialty is is 1,500 acres of soybeans. The Doyles use no-till when they can, but primarily till due to flat fields that rut during harvest. They irrigate using mostly surface water that they collect all year long. The Doyles grow both GMO and non-GMO sees.

Brad is no stranger to agriculture leadership. He served as the 2016 president of the Arkansas Soybean Association and County Farm Bureau President serving on President’s Leadership Council. He’s attended the ASA DuPont Young Leader program and Leadership At Its Best, in addition to a REAP Tour and Soybean Leadership College.

Brad is passionate about GMO education and plant breeding.

“Living in a rural town, I take every opportunity to talk about GMO plants at grocery stores in larger cities, trade shows with our seed business and mostly on my personal Facebook page when non-ag friends post negatively about agriculture,” Brad said. “This includes non-farming family members as well.”

Heather Feuerstein, Feuerstein Farms, Belding, Mich.

Heather Feuerstein, Feuerstein Farms, Belding, Mich.

Heather Feuerstein, Feuerstein Farms, Belding, Mich.

Heather Feuerstein and her husband own and operate the family’s centennial farm in Belding, Mich. with his parents. On Feuerstein Farms, they grow soybeans, corn and wheat and have a small farrow to finish hog operation.

Heather has an associate degree in administrative technology from Davenport University. She was an ASA DuPont Young Leader in 2011 and also participated in Leadership At Its Best.

Robert Massey, Massey Farms, Coldwater, Miss. 


Robert Massey, Massey Farms, Coldwater, Miss.

Robert Massey works on his family farm in Coldwater, Miss., where they grow soybeans and a little corn and wheat. Robert’s father is the primary owner, but he and his brother will most likely partner to succeed him and run the business in a few years.

Robert has a Master of Science in agriculture and is almost finished with his Master of Business Administration.

He’s attended ASA’s Soybean Leadership College and briefly advocated for agriculture while working for Bayer Crop Science.

Robert said GMOs and the science behind them are the issue most intriguing to him, along with the lack of true scientific knowledge among the public.


Yolonda Messick, Rodney L. Messick Farms, Lincoln, Del.


Yolonda Messick, Rodney L. Messick Farms, Lincoln, Del.

In addition to teaching at a local public school, Yolanda Messick helps manage 1,000 acres of grain and raise  75,000 broilers on her family farm in Lincoln, Del.

Yolanda has a Bachelor of Science in agriculture from the University of Delaware and a Master of Education. She considers soil health as her area of expertise.

Yolanda’s agriculture advocacy includes her time working  for the Conservation District, where she served as a liaison between the farming community and local residences.

Anngie Steinbarger, Smooth Stone Cattle Company, Edinburgh, Ind.


Anngie Steinbarger, Smooth Stone Cattle Company, Edinburgh, Ind.

Anngie Steinbarger, her husband Mike and their two daughters, run Smooth Stone Cattle Company in Edinburgh, Ind., where they grow corn and soybeans and run a feeder calf/cow calf operation. They grow 750 acres of soybeans and 750 acres of other crops.

The Steinbargers implemented no till when they began farming in 1989 and are now incorporating irrigation and cover crops.

Anngie has a degree in agriculture economics from Purdue University. She’s testified before the Senate Ag Committee as an advocate for crop insurance as a risk management tool.  Anngie also visited The Hill advocating for support of continued crop insurance subsidies, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) and the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).

She is most passionate about crop insurance, as she has worked in several aspects of the industry including marketing, claims management and adjusting, as well as a personal risk management tool.

 Dave Walton, Walton Farms, Wilton, Iowa


Dave Walton, Walton Farms, Wilton, Iowa

Dave Walton operates Walton Farms in Wilton, Iowa, where he grows soybeans, corn, alfalfa, grass hay and raises beef – cow/calf with a small feedlot, sheep, along with custom work, mainly hay, planting native grass and harvesting. His operation includes 230 acres of soybeans.

Dave’s farm ranges from no-till to conservation tillage. They do nearly all of their own work, including spraying and fertilizer application. Their grain is marketed through local channels, mainly a local corn processor, and the other portion goes to a river terminal.  About 10 percent of the corn they raise is fed to their livestock.

Dave attended Muscatine Community College and studied animal science at Iowa State University. He graduated from the ASA DuPont Young Leaders program in 2003. He feels most comfortable talking about GMO’s, farming practices such as no-till, herbicide use and farmer-to-consumer communication.  He enjoys the challenge of speaking to groups who may not know much about farming or may not be friendly toward modern production agriculture.

Dave is a guest columnist for the Genetic Literacy Project, who has advocated for agriculture in a variety of ways, from local radio station round-table discussions, to presenting a farmer’s perspective on GE crops to a public forum in Davis California for the Institute for Food and Ag Literacy.  Most recently he participated in an online news show, The Stream on Al-Jezeera via Skype.

Going forward, he hopes to continue writing and expand that to several other online forums that approached him, to continue opening doors for face-to-face discussions. “In the end, it’s those in-person presentations that I feel have the greatest impact,” he said.

LaVell Winsor, Winsor Farms, Grantville, Kan.


LaVell Winsor, Winsor Farms, Grantville, Kan.

LaVell Winsor farms with husband Andy in Grantville, Kan. The Winsor family farm is a third generation farm which began in the 1940s, when Andy’s grandparents started farming. The Winsor family farm consists of 4,000 crop acres, 1,900 of which are soybeans. The Winsors primarily use a rotation of corn and soybeans and occasionally add hard red winter wheat into the mix.  After harvesting wheat, they typically double crop soybeans.

There is a wide variability in land across the fields the Winsor’s farm.  Each field is managed uniquely according to its individual needs.  To increase diversity, they harvest warm and cool season grass hays on 400 acres.  To utilize this hay, they winter approximately 300 beef cows, along with a core cow herd of 100 cows. The Winsors utilize most modern technology to help toward high production and were early adopters of grid sampling. Their goal is to provide the proper nutrient levels across every field.

LaVell has a Bachelor of Science in agribusiness from Colorado State University. She has participated in ASA DuPont Young Leaders and her family farm is the 2016 winner of ASA’s National Conservation Legacy Award. LaVell has volunteered at CommonGround for Kansas, participated in USB’s See For Yourself program and is one of USSEC’s Moms Advocating for GMOs in China.

LaVell prefers face-to-face communications with consumers. “I like to understand where they are coming from, and I think face-to-face interactions have the deepest impact,” she said. “My passion is to communicate mom-to-mom, GMOs, family farms and how farmers strive for continuous improvement.”

2017 ACT

Kate Danner, Danner Farms, Aledo, Illinois

Kate Danner raises commercial corn, commercial soybeans and parent soybean on her 1,300 acre farm. The farm is primarily no-till with a corn/soybean rotation.

Kate received a BS in Agronomy, Farm Management and Environmental Science from Iowa State University. She served on the USDA Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Advisory Committee from 2016-18; U.S. Senator Mark Kirk Agricultural Advisory Committee 2014-15; NGGA New Leaders Program 2015; and was an Illinois Soy Ambassador 2012-14.

Kate’s passion for policy has led her to engage primarily through media including radio and press.

 Josh Gackle, Gackle Farms, Kulm, ND

Josh Gackle is part of a 3rd generation family farm in south central North Dakota. They grow soybeans, corn, wheat and barley.  The fam is non-irrigated and consists of both conventional and minimal-till practices.

Josh holds a BA in History and Secondary Education from Bethel University and has participated in Soybean Leadership College. Josh is a Director on the North Dakota Soybean Association Board. Prior to returning to the farm he worked as a staff member in both the Minnesota State Legislature and Minnesota Governor’s office. He also contributes as a guest columnist in AgWeek magazine.

In his various roles, Josh has worked with media relations professionals to develop media strategy and implement policy issues.

Amanda Heilman, Ocean City, MD

Amanda Heilman worked as an agronomist for a consulting company where she did nutrient management and CAFO consulting. She’s currently an agronomist and seed sales representative for DuPont. Her background includes dairy farming and she has lived in Australia where she managed a 900 cow dairy.

Amanda graduated from the University of Maryland College Park with a BS in Animal Science and Agricultural Science and Technology. She attended Soybean Leadership College and participates in LEAD Maryland. Amanda is a member of Common Ground.

Amanda is an agricultural advocate with a strong background in social media. She particularly enjoys interactions with those not involved in farming.

Lindsey Hendricks, Hendricks Farms, Auburn, KY

The Hendricks operation is a 7th generation farm in south central Kentucky. They raise corn, wheat and soybeans. The Hendricks use many conservation practices on their farm including no-till, variable rate applications, grid soil testing and precision ag technologies.

Lindsey studied marketing at Western Kentucky University. She is an ASA DuPont Young Leader and member of Common Ground.

Lindsey uses Facebook to engage with consumers. She has contributed to the Common Ground blog and would like to start her own.  She enjoys interacting with peers and other moms telling the story of GMO’s and farm ownership.

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Kate Lambert, Uptown Farms, Laclede, MO

Kate and her family raise corn soybeans and wheat on their farm in northern Missouri. They also have a commercial Red Angus cow/calf herd and a small flock of registered ewes. She also raises Great Pyrenees livestock guardian dogs and works full-time for Farm Credit as a loan officer.

Kate has a degree in Ag Business from Northwest Missouri State University and is a State Certified General Farm Appraiser. She I also a volunteer with Common Ground and has attended numerous leadership programs including the International Women in Ag Summit, Farm Credit Services Leadership Conference and NCGA’s New Leaders Program.

Kate grew up in the suburbs of Chicago which gives her a unique perspective on the farm story. It also helps keep her connected with what consumers are thinking and feeling. She also interacts with almost every type of producer. She is excited about discussing modern ag with consumers particularly in the areas of technology and sustainability.

Scott Metzger, Metzger Family Farms, Williamsport, Ohio

Scott Metzger is a 6th generation farmer who raises soybeans, corn and wheat. They will also be raising malting barley in the fall of 2018.  The operation is no-till for soybeans and minimum till for corn and wheat.

He has a BS in Agronomy with a minor in Ag Business from The Ohio State University. He has participated in the Young Leader Program and Leadership at Its Best and was a member of the 2018 Agri Power Class.

Scott uses Facebook and Twitter to advocate for agriculture. He also enjoys participating in events that allow him to discuss GMO’s, soil health, crop insurance, precision ag and agronomy.

Brandon Wipf, Wipf Grain Company, Huron, SD

Wipf Grain Company is a family owned soybean, wheat, corn and alfalfa farm. They use no-till and strip till in their 3 crop rotation and are moving their less productive land into hay production.

Brandon holds a B.S in Electrical Engineering from Dordt College and has participated in both the Young Leader Program and Leadership at Its Best.

Brandon has participated in several media interviews and enjoys engaging with his peers on issues including government policy, business management and finance.