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Emily Spolyar
North Dakota Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist

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Emily Spolyar is based in North Dakota as a Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist. Her background includes a B.A. in Agri Business from The University of Northwestern Ohio and various jobs working in many aspects of agriculture. After graduating college, she started working as a crop consultant in her home state of Michigan. It was here she found her passion for helping growers achieve success on their operations. In her role with Pheasants Forever, Emily aims to help as many growers as she can reach their full potential in terms of sustainability and profitability on their farming operations.

SpoylarEmily Spolyar is based in North Dakota as a Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist. Her background includes a B.A. in Agri Business from The University of Northwestern Ohio and various jobs working in many aspects of agriculture. After graduating college, she started working as a crop consultant in her home state of Michigan. It was here she found her passion for helping growers achieve success on their operations. In her role with Pheasants Forever, Emily aims to help as many growers as she can reach their full potential in terms of sustainability and profitability on their farming operations.

EMAIL: espolyar@pheasantsforever.org
PHONE: (517) 250-2440
TWITTER: @ESpolyar


Austin Lang
North Dakota Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist

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Austin is based out of southeast North Dakota as a Precision Ag and Conservation Specialist. He comes from a 4th generation farm near Streeter, North Dakota and holds a Biology degree from Valley City State University. Prior to joining the Pheasants Forever Team he worked 15 years with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. His most recent career path was as a private sector sales agronomist, consultant, and ranch hand. Austin’s passion is land management and making the best use of land to benefit people and wildlife. He’ll provide knowledge, resources and sound profitable conservation solutions to customers in the southeast region of North Dakota.

LangAustin is based out of southeast North Dakota as a Precision Ag and Conservation Specialist. He comes from a 4th generation farm near Streeter, North Dakota and holds a Biology degree from Valley City State University. Prior to joining the Pheasants Forever Team he worked 15 years with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. His most recent career path was as a private sector sales agronomist, consultant, and ranch hand. Austin’s passion is land management and making the best use of land to benefit people and wildlife. He’ll provide knowledge, resources and sound profitable conservation solutions to customers in the southeast region of North Dakota.

EMAIL: alang@pheasantsforever.org
PHONE: (701) 840-3062
TWITTER: @NDBountiful


Joey Rasco
North Dakota Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist

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Joey is based out of Minot, ND as the Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist covering northwest and north central North Dakota. He is originally from rural east central Missouri and was raised in a family that loves to hunt and fish. He has a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Management from the University of Missouri, and previous employment includes time with the Missouri Department of Conservation, and most recently agronomy sales with a large Ag Retailer. Having a background in both conservation and agriculture, Joey is very excited to connect the two, helping growers in the state with the knowledge and resources they need to help them get the most out of every acre.

LangJoey is based out of Minot, ND as the Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist covering northwest and north central North Dakota. He is originally from rural east central Missouri and was raised in a family that loves to hunt and fish. He has a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Management from the University of Missouri, and previous employment includes time with the Missouri Department of Conservation, and most recently agronomy sales with a large Ag Retailer. Having a background in both conservation and agriculture, Joey is very excited to connect the two, helping growers in the state with the knowledge and resources they need to help them get the most out of every acre.

EMAIL: jrasco@pheasantsforever.org
PHONE: (636) 295-1398
TWITTER: @Joey_Rasco


Cristen Weber
South Dakota Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist

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Cristin joined the Pheasants Forever team as the Precision Ag and Conservation Specialist for South Dakota in August 2020. She received her Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business from South Dakota State University and is a licensed Crop Insurance Agent. Previously she worked in an independent agricultural business focused on soil health and precision agriculture. Having grown up in Central South Dakota in the heart of pheasant hunting country, she looks forward to helping growers sustain habitat on their farms while maintaining profitability, so the fall traditions continue on for the next generation of hunters.

WeberCristin joined the Pheasants Forever team as the Precision Ag and Conservation Specialist for South Dakota in August 2020. She received her Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business from South Dakota State University and is a licensed Crop Insurance Agent. Previously she worked in an independent agricultural business focused on soil health and precision agriculture. Having grown up in Central South Dakota in the heart of pheasant hunting country, she looks forward to helping growers sustain habitat on their farms while maintaining profitability, so the fall traditions continue on for the next generation of hunters.

EMAIL: cweber@pheasantsforever.org
PHONE: (605) 999-3905
TWITTER: @cristin_weber


BJ Werk
Minnesota Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist

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BJ joined the Pheasants Forever team in the fall of 2018 as a Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist. He holds a B.S. degree in Crop & Weed Science and an M.S. degree in Crop Production from NDSU. BJ is also a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA). Previously, he worked as an Integrated Solutions Manager with a John Deere dealership. BJ is as passionate about his job as he is hunting, fishing, and shooting in his home state of Minnesota.

WerkBJ joined the Pheasants Forever team in the fall of 2018 as a Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist. He holds a B.S. degree in Crop & Weed Science and an M.S. degree in Crop Production from NDSU. BJ is also a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA). Previously, he worked as an Integrated Solutions Manager with a John Deere dealership. BJ is as passionate about his job as he is hunting, fishing, and shooting in his home state of Minnesota.

EMAIL: bwerk@pheasantsforever.org
PHONE: (701) 238-6504
TWITTER: @lotsawerk



Josh Divan
Iowa Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist

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Josh Divan is the Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist with Pheasants Forever for Iowa. He has been with the IA PF team since 2009. Josh proudly lives on his family’s Century Farm in Winnebago County and helps his father and brother with their corn and soybean operation. Identifying situations where conservation programs can be incorporated into working farms to deliver financial and environmental benefits is the most rewarding part of his job. Josh also loves to fish hardwater (ice fishing) and to chase pheasants with his two labs, Duke and Mack.

DivanJosh Divan is the Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist with Pheasants Forever for Iowa. He has been with the IA PF team since 2009. Josh proudly lives on his family’s Century Farm in Winnebago County and helps his father and brother with their corn and soybean operation. Identifying situations where conservation programs can be incorporated into working farms to deliver financial and environmental benefits is the most rewarding part of his job. Josh also loves to fish hardwater (ice fishing) and to chase pheasants with his two labs, Duke and Mack.

EMAIL: jdivan@pheasantsforever.org
PHONE: (515) 708-2371
TWITTER: @JoshDivan



Sarah Moore
Ohio Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist

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Sarah joined the Pheasants Forever team as the Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist for Ohio in January 2021. Originally from New Hampshire, she earned her BA in Biology from Wheaton College in Massachusetts and her MS in Agronomy and Agroecology from the University of Minnesota. Previously she worked in research and extension through the University of Hawai’i Manoa with a focus on sustainable farming systems. She is excited to work directly with producers to provide targeted conservation efforts to increase farm profitability and create wildlife habitat.

MooreSarah joined the Pheasants Forever team as the Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist for Ohio in January 2021. Originally from New Hampshire, she earned her BA in Biology from Wheaton College in Massachusetts and her MS in Agronomy and Agroecology from the University of Minnesota. Previously she worked in research and extension through the University of Hawai’i Manoa with a focus on sustainable farming systems. She is excited to work directly with producers to provide targeted conservation efforts to increase farm profitability and create wildlife habitat.

EMAIL: smoore@pheasantsforever.org
PHONE: (740) 214-6831
TWITTER: @AgCon_SMoore



Sina Parks
Indiana Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist

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Sina Parks is based out of West Central Indiana as a Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist. She has a BS in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University. She was raised in West Central Indiana and has always had a passion for Agriculture. Previously she spent her time as the Conservation Director for the Montgomery County SWCD. Sina enjoys finding ways to help local Growers add value to their operations while adding conservation and sustainability.

ParksSina Parks is based out of West Central Indiana as a Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist. She has a BS in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University. She was raised in West Central Indiana and has always had a passion for Agriculture. Previously she spent her time as the Conservation Director for the Montgomery County SWCD. Sina enjoys finding ways to help local Growers add value to their operations while adding conservation and sustainability.

EMAIL: sparks@pheasantsforever.org
PHONE: (765) 376-8245



Chaz Holt
Georgia (Quail Range) Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist

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Chaz has been involved in both large- and small-scale agronomy and alternative cropping systems for 18 years. He achieved his B.S. in Agriculture Sciences from University of WY and M.S. in Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, AgroEcology from Montana State University. He is from a legacy of multigenerational family farming in NW GA where he currently resides, involving vegetables, cattle, and historically dairy and row crops. He is currently a Certified Crop Advisor through the American Society of Agronomy. His work experience off the farm has been working previously as a Certified Crop Advisor for Agrium , Simplot, and Montana State University’s Sustainable Foods and Bioenergy Systems program.

HoltChaz has been involved in both large- and small-scale agronomy and alternative cropping systems for 18 years. He achieved his B.S. in Agriculture Sciences from University of WY and M.S. in Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, AgroEcology from Montana State University. He is from a legacy of multigenerational family farming in NW GA where he currently resides, involving vegetables, cattle, and historically dairy and row crops. He is currently a Certified Crop Advisor through the American Society of Agronomy. His work experience off the farm has been working previously as a Certified Crop Advisor for Agrium , Simplot, and Montana State University’s Sustainable Foods and Bioenergy Systems program.

EMAIL: cholt@pheasantsforever.org
PHONE: (406) 425-3039
TWITTER: @agrarian_life



Jacob Taylor
Georgia (Quail Range) Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist

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Jacob joined the Quail Forever team in spring of 2021 as the Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist for West Tennessee. He received a B.S. in Environmental Science from Rhodes College. Both sides of his family have a history of farming that includes row crops and cattle. Jacob has an undergraduate degree in precision agriculture technology, agricultural research and operations, culture resources, and environmental studies. He spends a lot of time outdoors playing sports, fishing, and hunting migratory birds. Jacob looks to help marry conservation and agriculture in a way that establishes long-term success and sustainability for the environment and our food systems.

TaylorJacob joined the Quail Forever team in spring of 2021 as the Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist for West Tennessee. He received a B.S. in Environmental Science from Rhodes College. Both sides of his family have a history of farming that includes row crops and cattle. Jacob has an undergraduate degree in precision agriculture technology, agricultural research and operations, culture resources, and environmental studies. He spends a lot of time outdoors playing sports, fishing, and hunting migratory birds. Jacob looks to help marry conservation and agriculture in a way that establishes long-term success and sustainability for the environment and our food systems.

EMAIL: jtaylor@quailforever.org
PHONE: (731) 487-2234



Nathan Pflueger
Nebraska Precision Ag Coordinator

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Nathan grew up in rural Nebraska always doing something outdoors from sports to hunting and fishing. He enjoyed working with plants and animals but was never sure how he was going to put those interests to work. After receiving his B.S. Degree in range/wildlife management he had the opportunity to work on a switchgrass research project for the University of Texas at Austin. Nathan is currently finishing a M.S. in agronomy, range, and forage science through the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. His research focused on cover crops/annual forages and implementing them into real world systems throughout Nebraska. The Precision Ag Coordinator position has been a perfect fit since it allows him to work with row crop producers to implement soil health practices that not only help their operations, but the environment and wildlife at the same time.

PfluegerNathan grew up in rural Nebraska always doing something outdoors from sports to hunting and fishing. He enjoyed working with plants and animals but was never sure how he was going to put those interests to work. After receiving his B.S. Degree in range/wildlife management he had the opportunity to work on a switchgrass research project for the University of Texas at Austin. Nathan is currently finishing a M.S. in agronomy, range, and forage science through the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. His research focused on cover crops/annual forages and implementing them into real world systems throughout Nebraska. The Precision Ag Coordinator position has been a perfect fit since it allows him to work with row crop producers to implement soil health practices that not only help their operations, but the environment and wildlife at the same time.

EMAIL: npflueger@pheasantsforever.org
PHONE: (402) 362-5700



Brittany Smith
Kansas Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist

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Brittany is based out of Pratt, KS, as the Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist for western and central Kansas. Prior to joining the Kansas Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever team she worked for the Natural Resources Conservation Service and as a wetland biologist. Most recently, she served as Coordinating Wildlife Biologist with KS Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever before transitioning into the Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist role. With strong personal ties to agriculture via her small family farm located in west-central Minnesota, she knows the key to sustainability in ag is profitability, and as a biologist who has worked directly helping growers implement conservation programs, she understands the many tools available to help them both improve habitat and their bottom line.

SmithBrittany is based out of Pratt, KS, as the Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist for western and central Kansas. Prior to joining the Kansas Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever team she worked for the Natural Resources Conservation Service and as a wetland biologist. Most recently, she served as Coordinating Wildlife Biologist with KS Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever before transitioning into the Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist role. With strong personal ties to agriculture via her small family farm located in west-central Minnesota, she knows the key to sustainability in ag is profitability, and as a biologist who has worked directly helping growers implement conservation programs, she understands the many tools available to help them both improve habitat and their bottom line.

EMAIL: bsmith@pheasantsforever.org
PHONE: (701) 371-4998



Scott Stipetich
Wisconsin Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist

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Scott joined the Habitat Organization as a biologist in 2014 and was promoted to Precision Ag and Conservation Specialist in 2020. Raised on a family farm in northern Wisconsin, Stipetich understands the strong connection between agriculture and wildlife. He attended UW – Stevens Point and earned a B.S. in Land Use Planning and minored Soil Science. In this position, Stipetich is able to connect his passion for agriculture and natural resources to make working farms work for wildlife.

StipetichScott joined the Habitat Organization as a biologist in 2014 and was promoted to Precision Ag and Conservation Specialist in 2020. Raised on a family farm in northern Wisconsin, Stipetich understands the strong connection between agriculture and wildlife. He attended UW – Stevens Point and earned a B.S. in Land Use Planning and minored Soil Science. In this position, Stipetich is able to connect his passion for agriculture and natural resources to make working farms work for wildlife.

EMAIL: sstipetich@pheasantsforever.org
PHONE: (715) 209-4846
TWITTER: @SStipetich715



Josh Bendorf
Wisconsin Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist

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Josh joined the Wisconsin PF/QF team as a Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist in March of 2021. Josh is a native of southwestern Wisconsin where he was raised on a dairy & crop farm. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2018 with a BS in Atmospheric Sciences and a certificate in Environmental Studies. In May of 2021, he will earn his MS in Agricultural Meteorology from Iowa State University. During his education, Josh has worked on various projects exploring the links between agriculture, climate, and the environment. Josh is passionate about the outdoors, enjoying fishing, hiking, running, and kayaking. His new role at PF/QF is a great fit for him as it allows him to combine his passions through working with farmers in his home state to identify farming practices that are both profitable and sustainable.

BendorfJosh joined the Wisconsin PF/QF team as a Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist in March of 2021. Josh is a native of southwestern Wisconsin where he was raised on a dairy & crop farm. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2018 with a BS in Atmospheric Sciences and a certificate in Environmental Studies. In May of 2021, he will earn his MS in Agricultural Meteorology from Iowa State University. During his education, Josh has worked on various projects exploring the links between agriculture, climate, and the environment. Josh is passionate about the outdoors, enjoying fishing, hiking, running, and kayaking. His new role at PF/QF is a great fit for him as it allows him to combine his passions through working with farmers in his home state to identify farming practices that are both profitable and sustainable.

EMAIL: jbendorf@pheasantsforever.org
PHONE: (608) 574-7558
TWITTER: @joshbendorf95


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