Russell Consulting Group
Moe Russell is the co-founder and President of Russell Consulting Group of Panora, Iowa. He provides consulting services to clients in 19 states and Canada specializing in risk management services, transition planning and feasibility analysis. He grew up on a diversified grain and livestock farm near Monticello, Iowa and is still involved in production agriculture.
Moe graduated from Iowa State University in 1971 with a degree in Agricultural Business and earned an Executive MBA degree from University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1997.
Moe spent 26 years with Farm Credit Services and served as Division President–Branch Lending, where he was responsible for 82 lending offices in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming.
Moe has international consulting experience in Hungary, Czechoslovakia, the Middle East and South Africa. He is also on the faculty of the Executive Program for Agricultural Producers (TEPAP) at Texas A & M University.
Moe is a frequent business speaker on motivation, planning and entrepreneurship. Moe has authored over 200 articles and webinar series and writes a monthly column for Farm Journal.
Russell Consulting Group
White Papers Authored:
Planning for a Profitable Future
Nic Rowe, P.E.
Pro Ag Engineering
Lakefield, Minnesota (serving Iowa, South Dakota, Minnesota and Nebraska)
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White Papers Authored:
Permitting & Constructing Animal Feeding Operations in Iowa
Permitting & Constructing Animal Feeding Operations in Minnesota
Permitting & Constructing Animal Feeding Operations in Nebraska
Permitting & Constructing Animal Feeding Operations in South Dakota
Mike Veenhuizen, Ph. D., P.E.
Livestock Engineering Solutions
White Papers Authored:
Permitting and Environmental Regulations - Michigan
Permitting and Environmental Regulations - Indiana
Terry L. Feldmann, P.E.
Terry has extensive experience in a variety of agricultural systems and projects including livestock housing and waste systems, ponds/lakes/dams, soils and geotechnical investigations, Nutrient Management Plans and energy efficiency. Mr. Feldmann is an author and popular speaker on topics of livestock housing, waste treatment and storage systems, livestock ventilation and heating systems, odor control and designing for energy efficiency. Terry joined Maurer-Stutz, Inc. (MSI) in 2004 when Maurer-Stutz acquired Feldmann & Associates and has been actively growing and managing MSI agricultural services.
Terry began his professional career in 1992 working with Jim Mcfarlane and Animal Environment Specialists, Inc. Terry worked on a wide variety of livestock facility projects including animal housing systems detailing pen size/shape, feeding and water systems, ventilation and heating systems, waste collection and storage systems, site layouts, lagoons and nutrient management planning.
Subsequent to earning a Bachelors of Science in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Illinois and his upbringing on a small diversified livestock farm in south central Illinois, Mr. Feldmann worked for six years with Animal Environment Specialists, Inc. (AES) of Columbus, Ohio. In 1996 Terry opened a satellite office in East Peoria, Illinois for AES. In the fall of 1998 he began Feldmann & Associates, still working with AES on certain projects but also subcontracting certain services including soil borings, materials testing, structural engineering and various specializations to other various firms including Maurer-Stutz, Inc. (MSI). In 2004 MSI acquired Feldmann & Associates and Terry joined MSI to grow and manage agricultural services. There was a definite synergism having resources including surveying, structural, and environmental specializations all part of the same company and the agricultural services grew significantly at MSI to what it is today with several specialists working in agricultural services.
Frank & West Environmental Engineering, Inc.
White Papers Authored: Livestock Farms and Environmental Regulations - IL
Becky Sexton started Twin Lakes Environmental Services, LLC in July 2004. Becky works one-on-one with producers to assure that there is understanding of the paperwork being created. It is our belief that the regulations, as complex as they are, have made this much more difficult than it needs to be. We want to make the process much simpler for the producers we work with and strive to bring our paperwork back to the point of understanding on the part of the producers. We work closely with our clients to assure we understand what they wish to accomplish so that their paperwork can make this happen as well.
Twin Lakes Environmental Services, LLC
Rockwell City, Iowa
White Papers Authored:
Manure Management: Producer Guidelines for Cattle Confinement Structures
Matthew Wagner, P.E.
Aaron K. Orebaugh, P.E.
Following completion of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Illinois in 2008, Aaron began his engineering career under the direction of Terry Feldmann, PE with the agricultural services group at Maurer-Stutz, Inc. in Peoria, Illinois. Aaron enjoyed working on a number of diverse swine, dairy and beef projects during his time in Illinois including several Summit Livestock indoor cattle feeding facilities.
In 2012, Aaron transitioned employment to Tiry Engineering, Inc. of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, where he worked on a number of livestock projects in the upper Midwest that included site design, waste storage system design, waste transfer system design, sand separation system design and construction phase observation. Aaron earned his Professional Engineer License in 2013. In 2014, he returned to Maurer-Stutz, Inc. and now leads the Muncie, Indiana office which focuses primarily on agricultural and general civil/infrastructure projects including permit assistance and site design for livestock production facilities, livestock waste storage and treatment system design and nutrient management planning (including CNMPs).
Dr. Ron Gill
Effective Stockmanship LLC
College Station, Texas
Ron Gill provides the customers of Summit Livestock Facilities with comprehensive beef production facilities design consultation as well as employee training in the area of low-stress cattle handling.
Ron is a fourth-generation cattleman and has experience in all phases of livestock production.
He is president of Gill Cattle Company, a commercial cow-calf and stocker cattle operation. He is also president of Effective Stockmanship LLC, through which he conducts cattle handling/stockmanship training as well as consulting on facility design and employee training for all phases of beef production.
Throughout Ron’s career in education and livestock production management, he has focused on beef safety and quality assurance through proper management of cattle from conception to harvest.
The past 10 years of his professional career, he has focused on the role stockmanship plays in cattle performance and how that impacts the profitability of beef producers.
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Loren Honegger, P.E.
Loren Honegger is an Agricultural Engineer whose first love is farming and livestock operations.
For Loren, his work at Summit Livestock Facilities provides an opportunity to remain in agriculture and make a positive impact in the profitability and sustainability of livestock operations throughout the Midwest.
Loren enjoys collaborating with producers and being in a leadership role on a team with the ability to design and build structures that reduce labor, are easy to operate and improve livestock performance – therefore increasing profit potential.
When it comes to designing livestock facilities, every site is different and every customer need is different, so every facility design is different. Loren’s ability to innovate engineering solutions to the constraints of every project and customer requirement brings great value to each producer he serves.
Loren was reared on a crop and livestock farm in central Illinois. As a young man, he spent his summers working as a laborer on construction projects that often included the building of confinement livestock facilities.
While earning his BS in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Illinois, Loren focused his coursework on designing wood-frame structures and ventilation systems for livestock facilities. He began his career at FBi Buildings as a project engineer in 1997 and earned his professional engineering license in 2002.
Today, his engineering education combines with his farming and hands-on practical construction experience to enable Loren to engineer practical solutions to complex design problems. Typically these challenges include integrating a number of concerns (environmental, siting, financial, labor resources, feed source, manure handling, animal behavior) into a complete facility design that will produce a quality product and generate financial returns.
Loren’s family still operates the successful farming operation in central Illinois where he grew up. And Loren still enjoys spending time at work there when he can.