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Cal Pol Dairy Science

2010 Fall Symposium and Sale

Duane Banderob DUANE BANDEROB draws on a variety of experiences to help clients develop, implement and maintain procurement and risk management strategies. He has been on both the buy and sell sides of the market with an employment history that includes roles at Leprino Foods, Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream, Hilmar Cheese Company and, most recently, ConAgra Foods. A tireless analyst, Duane is a valuable asset to clients seeking to launch internal cost-savings or productivity initiatives. He holds degrees from CalPoly and Michigan State University; he resides in and works from Omaha, Nebraska.

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Daniel W. Basse


Daniel Basse is President of AgResource Company. AgResource Co. is a domestic and international agricultural research firm located in Chicago, which forecasts domestic and world agricultural price trends. AgResource Co. provides information/research to; farmers, elevators, soy and corn processors, wheat millers, food companies, trading companies, importers, exporters and meat packers. AgResource's research is sold around the globe in 81 nations.Mr Basse is an economist that has been in the commodity business since 1979. Raised on a dairy/grain farm in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Mr Basse has a keensense of production agriculture. Mr Basse graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1979 and has worked with Professional Farmers of America, Brock Associates and the ag research division of GNP Commodities in Chicago. In 1987, Mr Basse founded AgResource Company to serve the needs of the US and world agricultural community.



Mr. Arden Tewksbury

Mr. Tewksbury has lived in Meshoppen, Pennsylvania all his life. He is a lifetime dairy farmer, and his operation consisted of 115 Holstein animals. However, two bouts with cancer necessitated leaving the farm in 2007. Presently, Mr. Tewksbury is a manager of the Progressive Agriculture Organization (Pro-Ag), holding the position since 1991. In the 70's and 80's, Tewksbury served on the Board of the Eastern Milk Producers Dairy Cooperative from Syracuse, NY. He served as the Vice President for 2 years, and President for 5 years. By-laws prohibited any director from serving more than 9 consecutive years. While President of Eastern, Tewksbury was credited for being responsible for having Leprino Foods locate in South Waverly, Pennsylvania. After leaving the Board, Tewksbury became the Assistant to the General Manager of Eastern Milk Producers Dairy Cooperative. He then became a dairy consultant for different dairy enterprises including Leprino Foods. With Leprino, one of Tewksbury's main duties was to help solve problems of disposing of whey. He later was employed by the Pennsylvania Farmers Union (PFU). His role with PFU was to work on membership recruitment and serve as a dairy specialist. At the same time, he was elected to the board of directors of both the Regional Cooperative Marketing Agency (RCMA) and the Regional Cooperative Bargaining Agency (RCBA). Both organizations were in New York State. In the mid 90's, Arden and Pro-Ag were instrumental in having the state legislatures of Pennsylvania and New York pass needed legislation that would have allowed both states to join the Northeast Interstate Dairy Compact. Tewksbury has always been a community leader, and is now serving his 50th consecutive year on the Elk Lake School Board. Always an avid sports enthusiast, he found time to officiate at High School Basketball games for 30 years.


Mr. Jim Tillison

Jim Tillison joined the National Milk Producers Federation on October 1, 2006. Currently, he serves as Senior Vice President Marketing & Economic Research as well as Chief Operating Officer of National Milk’s Cooperatives Working Together. In his role with CWT, NMPF’s dairy farmer self-help program that works to strengthen and stabilize milk prices, he is responsible for the management of CWT programs including the Herd Retirement Program and the Export Assistance Program. Prior to joining NMPF, Tillison had been the CEO of the Alliance of Western Milk Producers, working on behalf of California dairy cooperatives, since June of 1991. His activities included directing the Alliance’s legislative and regulatory efforts in Washington and at the state level. Prior to joining the Alliance, Tillison was Executive Director of the U.S. Cheese Makers Association and the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association from 1981 to 1990. Tillison is a regular contributor to dairy industry publications and is regularly asked to speak at industry meetings across the United States.

RobMr. Rob Vandenhuevel

Rob Vandenheuvel has been the General Manager at Milk Producers Council (MPC) since May 2007. MPC is a non-profit dairy producer trade association with offices in Chino and Bakersfield, California. Their membership is made up of dairies throughout Southern and Central California. Prior to coming to MPC, Rob worked for five years (2002 - 2007) in the House of Representatives in Washington, DC, spending his last two years there as press secretary for the Committee on Ways and Means, under the Chairmanship of Congressman Bill Thomas (Republican from Bakersfield, CA). Prior to that, Rob attended California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where he graduated with a degree in Accounting. Rob grew up on his family’s dairy farm in Chino, California – which is where his family continues to operate their dairy.


Dr. Chuck Nicholson Chuck Nicholson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Agribusiness at Cal Poly. His research and teaching work focuses on economic analysis of agricultural policy and agricultural markets, with an emphasis on the US dairy industry. Prior to coming to Cal Poly in 2009, he worked for nine years with the Associate Director for Research with the Program on Dairy Markets and Policy at Cornell University. He has developed numerous economic models to examine spatial organization in the US dairy industry, dairy price cycles, origins and policy responses to price variability, dairy price regulation and international dairy trade. He also has extensive experience in the analysis of dairy production and marketing systems in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Nicholson has PhD and MS degrees in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University and an undergraduate degree in Economics from UC Davis.