2021 FARM Evaluator Conference

Tuesday, July 20

1:00 - 1:05 PM ETWelcomeEmily Yesier Stepp | FARM
1:05 - 1:35 PM ETIntroducing FARM BiosecurityDanelle Bickett-Weddle | Center for Food Security and Public Health Iowa State University
Jamie Jonker / Miquela Hanselman | FARM
1:35 - 1:45 PM ETBreak
1:45 - 2:00 PM ETEnvironmental Stewardship Town HallNicole Ayache / Sage Saffran | FARM
2:00 - 2:40 PM ETGoing Broad with FARM ES: Sharing Ideas for
Producer Engagement
Janae Klingler | Maryland Virginia Milk Cooperative
Deb Gingrich | Michigan Milk Producers
Mike MacHado | Glambia USA
2:40 - 2:50 PM ETBreak
2:50 -3:00 PM ETAntibiotic Stewardship Town HallJamie Jonker / Beverly Hampton Phifer | FARM
3:00 - 3:45 PM ETResidues in Dairy Antibiotic UseMike Lormore | Zoetis
3:45 - 4:00 PM ETDairy Customer Outreach UpdateAngela Anderson / Josh Luth | Innovation Center for US Dairy
4:00 - 4:15 PM ETBreak
4:15 - 5:00 PM ETCheese Tasting

Wednesday, July 21

12:00 - 12:20 PM ETAnimal Care Town HallEmily Yesier Stepp / Beverly Hampton Phifer | FARM
12:20 - 12:45 PM ETCommunication & Outreach Town HallLeighona Bernstein / Beverly Hampton Phifer | FARM
12:45 - 1:30 PM ETAnimal Care + ProfitabilityMatt Lange | Compeer Financial
1:30 - 2:15 PM ETFitness to Transport RemindersLily Edwards-Callaway | Colorado State University
2:15 - 2:30 PM ETPrioritizing Fitness to TransportMichelle Calvo-Lorenzo | Elanco Animal Health
2:30 - 2:45 PM ETBreak
2:45 - 3:00 PM ETFood System's Summit OverviewJamie Jonker | FARM
3:00 - 3:15 PM ETWorkforce Development TopicNicole Ayache / Sage Saffran | FARM
3:15- 3:30 PM ETBreak
3:30 - 4:30 PM ETNudging to Improve Farm SafetyJulie Sorensen | New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health
4:30 - 4:45 PM ETConference ClosingEmily Yesier Stepp | FARM

Speaker Bios

Nicole Ayache


Nicole Ayache serves as Senior Director, Sustainability Initiatives at National Milk Producers Federation. Ayache leads the FARM Environmental Stewardship and FARM Workforce Development program areas. She focuses on developing tools and resources to help U.S. dairy farms improve their environmental and labor outcomes, which in turn provides important supply chain assurances. Ayache serves on the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America (ASHCA) Board of Directors. She is also a member of the International Dairy Federation (IDF) Standing Committee on the Environment.

Before joining NMPF, Ayache worked as a consultant for the FARM program and for a variety of clients in the food and ag sector. She developed sustainability programs / reports, procurement policies and research studies for dairy cooperatives, environmental NGOs, and protein processors. Her experience spans multiple industries and disciplines, giving her a broad perspective on sustainability – including consulting for pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies; working at an international environmental conservation non-profit; and, serving as an internal management consultant for a leading prosecutor’s office. Ayache holds a Master of Science in Agriculture, Food and Environment from Tufts University and Bachelor of Science in Biology from Yale University.

Danelle Bickett Weddle

Center for Food Security and Public Health Iowa State University

“Dr. Bickett-Weddle is the Associate Director of the Center for Food Security and Public Health at Iowa State University where she has developed content for the Secure Food Supply Plans for Continuity of Business since 2009. She is passionate about biosecurity, public health, and the cattle industry and combines these topics in her work educating livestock producers, veterinarians, veterinary students, and the public about animal diseases and how to protect themselves and their livelihood. She presents nationally and internationally on biosecurity. She also supports disaster preparedness and biosecurity efforts for ISU Extension and Outreach Ag and Natural Resources.

Dr. Bickett-Weddle has degrees from Iowa State (DVM and PhD) and the University of Iowa (MPH) where she teaches a public health emergency preparedness course. She gives back to the profession that has given her so much by serving as the President of the American Association of Extension Veterinarians and as a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (DACVPM), where she serves as the Immediate Past-President of the 1100 member organization. She and her family live outside of Ames, Iowa.”

Michelle Calvo-Lorenzo

Elanco Animal Health

Dr. Michelle Calvo-Lorenzo is the Chief Animal Welfare Officer for Elanco Animal Health and joined Elanco in 2015 as an expert in livestock welfare. In her current role, Michelle leads discussions and develops strategies related to animal welfare, with a focus on the areas of research, communication, guidance, and innovative services for the livestock industry. Michelle graduated with a Master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis in 2008 and 2012, respectively. Prior to joining Elanco, she was an Assistant Professor at Oklahoma State University and developed a research and teaching program centered on livestock behavior and welfare. Working within the industry and academia over the past decade, Michelle is proud to work alongside hard-working producers, packers, industry representatives, academics, and veterinarians every day. She strives to have a positive impact on livestock welfare and enhance its role in sustainable agriculture.

Lilly Edwards-Calloway

Dr. Lily Edwards-Callaway is currently an Assistant Professor of Livestock Behavior and Welfare at Colorado State University. Dr. Edwards-Callaway received a B.A. in French from Amherst College, and a Master’s in Animal Science from the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Edwards-Callaway received her PhD in Livestock Behavior at Colorado State University. Since completion of her graduate work, Dr. Edwards-Callaway has held various roles in academia, the packing industry and cattle production, primarily focusing on improving animal welfare in the various management systems.

Deb Gingrich

Michigan Milk Producers

Deb Gingrich is an Animal Care Coordinator with Michigan Milk Producers Association. In her role, she maintains and facilitates implementation of the FARM animal care and environmental stewardship programs within the co-op. Deb serves as an evaluator for both programs and assists with MMPA’s sustainability efforts while serving as a member representative for 25 farms.

Deb’s passion for agriculture extends beyond the eight years she has been with MMPA. She graduated from Michigan State University in 2012 with an undergraduate degree in animal science. After graduation, she worked full time on her husband’s and in-law’s 500-cow dairy in northern Michigan. There, she became more experienced working with a robotic milking system and today, she continues to live on the farm where she helps with field work and calf care when needed.

Miquela Hanselman


Miquela Hanselman is the Manager of Regulatory Affairs. She works on NMPF’s regulatory efforts, focusing on issues related to interstate shipments of milk, food safety, labeling, nutrition, and the environment.

Jamie Jonker


In his current role, Jamie Jonker, Ph.D., has general responsibilities in sustainability and scientific affairs, including animal health and welfare, animal biotechnology, dairy farm bio-security, dairy farm air and water quality, dairy farm sustainability, and technical service issues. He is also involved in coordinating relations with the Federation’s Animal Health & Wellbeing Committee and Environmental Issues Committee.

Jonker serves as a representative for the Federation on numerous national and international committees, including the U.S. Animal Health Association (USAHA), the International Dairy Federation (IDF), the World Animal Health Organization (OIE), Codex Alimentarius (Codex), and the USDA Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Animal Health. He also serves on the U.S. Animal Health Association Board of Directors.

In 2017, Jonker was elected to the IDF Science Programme Coordination Committee and serves as a subject matter expert for the organization. His work also includes involvement with Codex Alimentarius as a member of the IDF Delegations to the Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs, the Codex Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Animal Feeding, and the Codex Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance. He previously served on the USDA Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Biotechnology & 21st Century Agriculture.

Jonker received his Bachelor of Science and master’s degree from Cornell University, and his doctorate from the University of Maryland. Prior to joining NMPF, his career included employment at the National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture.

Janae Klingler

Maryland Virginia Milk Cooperative

Janae Klingler is currently the Manager of Animal Care & Sustainability for Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association. In this position she focuses on bringing industry programs to the member-owners of the cooperative as well as providing the members value through these programs. Part of bringing value to the member-owners is finding opportunities to develop partnerships that aid member-owners in implementing environmental best management practices on their farms. In 2017 Maryland & Virginia, along with The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and Turkey Hill Dairy formed the Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership of which, Janae leads the on-farm initiatives. Prior to moving into this role at Maryland & Virginia, Janae spent 7 years as a Field Representative in central Pennsylvania. Before coming to Maryland & Virginia, Janae graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Animal Sciences.

Tyler Knapp


Tyler Knapp is the National Dairy FARM Manager of Information Systems.  In this role, he manages the day-to-day operations of the FARM Program, working with stakeholders and database consultants to improve data quality and maintain program integrity.

Tyler grew up in Corvallis, Oregon, but has lived Vermont, Georgia, Arkansas and Europe.  After graduating from Oregon State University with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Economics and Policy in 2014, he obtained a master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Arkansas.  His graduate research examined agricultural water use in the Arkansas Delta.  He also holds a B.A. in Political Science and a M.S. in Rural Development.  Prior to joining NMPF Tyler worked in economic development at the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.

Matt Lange

Compeer Financial

Matt Lange has been a business consultant with Compeer Financial for 9 years. In this role, Matt provides his clients with production and financial management expertise, assisting them with annual budget projections, ongoing performance monitoring, strategic planning, benchmarking, and tactical decision-making and analysis. Serving clients throughout the United States, Matt works with a diverse array of dairy operations including: enterprises from 250 to over 5,000 milking at one location; Holstein Jersey and Crossbred; diversified cropping/dairy operations; businesses financed by various lenders and investors. The Compeer Dairy Consulting Team serves over 100 dairy producers annually, ranging in scale and scope across the U.S. and accounting for over 100,000 cows. Prior to Compeer, Matt worked 7 years serving in various roles of dairy development at the government and non-profit levels. Matt holds a B.S. from UW-Platteville, M.S. in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University, and a MBA from Indiana University. Matt is originally from Southeastern WI and resides in Menomonie, WI with his wife and twin daughters.

Dr. Mike Lormore

Head of the US Cattle Technical Services

Mike Lormore is a native of northern NY and a third-generation graduate of Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell. Mike has also completed graduate studies at Penn State, The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and the Wharton School of Business. Mike has extensive experience in the US dairy industry as a veterinarian, nutritionist, business manager and consultant.

Mike has worked in corporate food animal practice since 1993, having spent 15 years with Monsanto, as well as Elanco, and in corporate consulting associated with Bain Consulting, He joined Zoetis in 2010. He has extensive technical services experience in both field applications and research support, as well as roles in people management, corporate affairs, marketing and business strategy.

Mike currently serves as Head of the US Cattle Technical Services organization within Zoetis’ Cattle Business. This team of 37 veterinarians, nutritionists, and geneticists is responsible for supporting the Zoetis portfolio from a technical and business applications standpoint with the sales staff, veterinary practitioners, allied industry professionals and producers. They also interface with marketing, public, corporate and government affairs, regulatory affairs, research and development, commercial development and a variety of other internal and external stakeholders.

Mike has specific interests in animal health and production economics, dairy management systems, lactation biology, and cattle nutrition, as well as the intersection of technology issues with dairy markets and the global dairy supply chain.

Mike and his family live in Eagle, ID.

Mike MacHado

Glanbia Nutritionals

Mike grew up in Hilmar California, in the middle of the San Joaquin Valleys dairy country working alongside of his father on a dairy farm. After high school, Mike went to work as a herdsman and feed manager for Clauss Dairy Farms, one of the most prolific registered Jersey herds in California where he developed my passion for working with cattle. He holds a degree in Applied Animal Science from the College of Southern Idaho along with being a graduate of the Leadership Idaho Agriculture program.

Since 2010, Mike shifted his career to the processor side of the dairy industry and today is the Milk Procurement Dairy Sustainability Specialist for Glanbia Nutritionals in Twin Falls, Idaho. In this role, he oversees all animal welfare evaluations since version 1.0 of FARM along with other sustainability initiatives and customer outreach. Mike is a FARM certified trainer and is heavily involved in the Magic Valley Dairy Heifer Program as a steering committee member and 4H leader.


Beverly Hampton Phifer


Beverly Hampton Phifer is the Stakeholder Relations Manager for the National Dairy FARM Program. Her responsibilities include managing the evaluator training process, program resource development and outreach with internal dairy industry. Beverly’s involvement in animal agriculture is life-long. Growing up in North Carolina’s agritourism industry, she has been involved in selecting, raising and managing both a wide variety of domestic and exotic animal species. Her unique background laid a strong foundation of the importance of animal agriculture and appreciating those who dedicate their lives to the industry in addition to the widening gap between food production and consumers.

She graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in Poultry Science in 2015. During her time at NC State, she interned at the Animal Agriculture Alliance. After graduation, Beverly worked for The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association providing technical support in environmental, worker safety and animal care issue areas. Additionally, she has provided programmatic support and facilitation for various animal agriculture trade associations. She joined the FARM team in May of 2016.

Sage Saffran


Sage Saffran is the Sustainability Initiatives Coordinator for the National Dairy FARM Program. Her responsibilities include support of the Environmental Stewardship and Workforce Development pillars of the FARM program. Immediately prior to joining the FARM team she was the Public Policy Intern at the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) where she worked with leaders of agriculture across all 50 states and four U.S. territories on policy solutions.

Sage is a recent graduate of the University of Connecticut with a B.S. in Animal Science and Applied Resource Economics in 2020. During her time at UConn, she interned with Food Export Northeast at the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, engaging with local businesses and state agriculture to promote their products on an international scale.

Julie Sorensen

Northeast Center for Occupational Health

Julie Sorensen is the Director of the Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety, a program of the Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, NY. Julie received her PhD in Epidemiology from Umea University, in Umea, Sweden, holds a Masters in Medical Anthropology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. Julie’s research interests include qualitative research methods, social marketing, intervention development, intervention dissemination and human behavior research.

Emily Yeiser Stepp


Emily Yeiser Stepp is the Vice President of the National Dairy FARM Program. In this role she is responsible for the management of strategic initiatives for the US dairy industry’s social responsibility program that encompasses animal care, antibiotic stewardship, environmental stewardship and workforce development. She also leads the day-to-day work related to animal care. Emily has been with National Milk Producers Federation since 2016.

Yeiser Stepp began her involvement in the dairy industry through the 4-H dairy leasing program where she was able to “borrow” a calf from a local dairy farm to show at local, county and state fairs. Today, she and her family maintain a small herd of registered Holsteins and Brown Swiss under the Spots-Pride prefix, that are housed at Palmyra Farm in Maryland and Bullcreek Farm in Pennsylvania.

Yeiser Stepp was involved in Maryland 4-H and the leasing program for over 10 years and then went on to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science with a minor in Agribusiness Management from Penn State University.

At Penn State, she was an active member of the Dairy Science Club, member of the collegiate dairy judging team, a sister of Alpha Zeta Fraternity and was President of the American Dairy Science Association-Student Affiliate Division. Upon graduation from Penn State, Yeiser Stepp worked for ABS Global Inc. as their Young Sire Program Specialist in the Mid-Atlantic region.  She then went on to attend graduate school at Virginia Tech and in 2011, obtained her Master of Science degree in Dairy Science. Her research was focused on how mastitis and metabolic diseases impact on dairy cow behavior.

Yeiser Stepp also served as the Dairy Initiatives Manager for the Center for Dairy Excellence in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where she was responsible for the execution of on-farm resource programs and the development and outreach to the industry’s next generation through the Center’s Foundation. Immediately prior to her role with the FARM Program, she served as the Dairy and Beef Extension Coordinator at the University of Maryland.