Annual Meeting

Thursday, March 24

Iowa’s Dairy Center


Join the Northeast Iowa Dairy & Agriculture Foundation for the 2022 Annual Meeting on Thursday, March 24. The meeting will be held at Iowa’s Dairy Center starting at 9:30 a.m. The morning session will feature a variety of speakers discussing environmental stewardship followed by the annual meeting in the afternoon.

All interested in the Dairy & Agriculture Foundation and the event’s speakers are encouraged to attend. There is no cost to attend and lunch is provided. The event is made possible by generous support from community sponsors.


9:00 a.m. Registration
9:30 a.m. Welcome
Dr. Liang Chee Wee, President, Northeast Iowa Community College
9:35 a.m. From Cover to Cover: Sustain – Enhance – Innovate with Stewardship
Adam Kramer, Co-Founder, Black Sand Granary
10:15 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Navigating the Science and Communication Aspects of Sustainable Dairy Production
Erin Cortus, Associate Professor and Extension Engineer, University of Minnesota
11:15 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m. The Future of Conservation and Sustainability
Bill Northey, Principal, WHNorthey, LLC and former USDA Under Secretary of Farm Production and Conservation and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture
12:15 p.m. Lunch and Sponsor Exhibits
1:00 p.m. Annual Meeting
  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Minutes
  • Treasurer's Report
  • President's Report
  • Chair of Operations Report
  • Coordinator's Report
  • Old Business
  • New Business
  • Elections
  • Adjourn
2:00 p.m. Board of Directors Meeting



Co-Founder, Black Sand Granary

Adam Kramer is a graduate of Iowa State University and has been a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) since 2006. Adam believes that agriculture and environmental stewardship are synonymous which has led to the formation of three entities located in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin. Black Sand Granary and Growers United work to enhance soil heath and improve water quality while Consus works with endusers to help define supply chains and demand for alternative crops. In 2019, Adam was awarded the Iowa CCA of the Year, in 2020 he was recognized as the International CCA of the Year and, most recently, he was named the 2021 CCA Conservationist of the Year.


Associate Professor and Extension Engineer, University of Minnesota

Erin Cortus is an Associate Professor and Extension Engineer in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Her past and ongoing projects include easuring the air quality impacts of different manure management practices in dairy, poultry, swine and beef cattle barns, biosecurity, and sustainability metrics. The broad mission of Dr. Cortus’ program is to work with producers and communities to understand and continually improve the quality and productivity of livestock environments.


Principal, WHNorthey, LLC and former USDA Under Secretary of Farm Production and Conservation and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture

Bill Northey served as USDA Under Secretary of Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC) from 2018-2021. FPAC consists of the Farm Service Agency, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Risk Management Agency and the FPAC Business Center. The agencies manage farm programs, farm loans, conservation programs and the federal crop insurance program and over 21,000 employees at nearly 3,000 locations. Bill was elected Iowa Secretary of Agriculture in 2006 and re-elected in 2010 and 2014. Bill served as President of the National Association of the State Departments of Agriculture in 2011-2012. A partnership of Iowa farmers, Iowa State University, and the State of Iowa – including the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship – established the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy in 2012. Bill started farming after earning a degree in Agricultural Business from Iowa State University in 1981. He served as President of the National Corn Growers Association (1995-1996). Bill earned an MBA from Southwest Minnesota State University in 2004. Today, Bill lives in Urbandale, Iowa, and consults and speaks on agriculture and sustainability.

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