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The Great Bend Farm, Ranch and Hemp Virtual Expo offers a great variety of speakers and presenters.

Kansas State University

Romulo Pisa Lollato, K-State University

Kansas State University

Dan O'Brien, K-State University

J.D. Wing, Horse Trainer

Brian Waldrip, Hemp Expert

Hemp Speakers
Melissa Baldwin, South Bend Industrial Hemp
Jessica Dumke, Double Down Ag/Black Canyon Seed
Sean Loomer, Brizo Pure
Tessa Bauer, Tranont Health
John Kalosinis, Colorado Breeders Depot

Dr. Tom Noffsinger

Dr. Tom Noffsinger, Cattle Expert

Jared Slagle

Dr. Jason Griffin, K-State University

Romulo Pisa Lollato, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor Wheat and Forages Production
Kansas State University Research and Extension

Dr. Romulo P. Lollato got his B.S. degree in Agronomy from Londrina State University (Brazil), M.S. in Plant and Soil Sciences from Oklahoma State University (OSU), and Ph.D. in Crop Science from OSU. Currently, Romulo is an assistant professor of Agronomy at Kansas State University, Extension Wheat and Forages Specialist, where he provides leadership for an interdisciplinary team developing a strong Extension (80%) and applied research (20%) programs. He is an associate editor for Agronomy Journal, where he received an award for outstanding associated editor in January 2018, and he is a reviewer for Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, Agronomy Journal, Crop Science, Crop and Pasture Science, among other scientific journals. Romulo is a member of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America.

Romulo’s interest in wheat first started as actual crop production, working in his family’s soybean-corn-wheat farming operation, in which he grew up helping. His interest in wheat increased during his MS, with a thesis focused on wheat response to liming acidic soils in central Oklahoma. During his PhD, his dissertation focused on intensive wheat management and the meteorological limits to winter wheat productivity in the southern Great Plains, as well as soil water dynamics under the wheat crop and wheat variety response to soil pH and aluminum concentration gradients. Currently, Romulo directly oversees over 20 different research projects related to wheat production or applied wheat physiology, most pertaining to M.S. thesis or Ph.D. dissertations of students training in his program.  

Daniel M. O’Brien, Ph.D.

Extension Agricultural Economist
Kansas State University Research and Extension

Daniel O’Brien was raised on a family grain and livestock farm in near Geneva in
south central Nebraska. He received Bachelor of Science (1978) and Master of Science
(1980) degrees in Agricultural Economics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with
his M.S. thesis focused on the impact of agricultural cooperatives in rural fertilizer
After working as an Agricultural Extension Agent for several years for the University
of Nebraska, he attended Iowa State University in during 1987-1993, with his Ph.D.
dissertation focusing on “forecasting the probability of U.S. harvest time corn futures
price outcomes.” In 1995 he became an Extension Agricultural Economist with Kansas
State University.
O’Brien’s key professional interests are in grain market supply-demand and price
analysis, and grain market risk management strategies. He is also involved in bioenergy
economics, grain storage-logistics-transportation issues, farmland-farm management and
USDA Farm Program issues, and the economics of Great Plains crop production system
– both irrigated and non-irrigated.   

Dr. Jason Griffin

Woody Ornamental Extension Specialist
Kansas State University Research and Extension

Dr. Griffin serves as the Director of the John C. Pair Horticultural Center in Wichita, Kansas. The Pair Center is an applied research facility, which works with essentially all horticultural crops such as, trees, shrubs, fruits, vegetables and turfgrass. There are currently three full-time staff and two or three students during the summer who work at the Pair Center.

Griffin’s research is primarily focused around woody plants. At the Pair Center, he works on a variety of research projects including nursery production, landscape utilization and cultivar evaluations.

JD Wing

Head Horse Trainer, Tee Cross Ranches

JD Wing is the head horse trainer for the Tee Cross Ranches. The famous Tee Cross brand was the first brand registered in the state of Colorado and is known for its quarter horses and cattle operations.

The Tee Cross Ranches were nominated for AQHA’s Best Remuda Award. This award recognizes ranching operations that have produced their own breeding program of outstanding quarter horses used not only on the ranch, but in competition around the world.

Dr. Tom Noffsinger

Veterinarian, Cattle Expert

Dr. Tom Noffsinger is a veterinarian from Benkelman, Nebraska and has been in beef practice since 1973. For the past 12 years, he’s focused on larger feedlots doing veterinary medicine data analysis, BRD health consultation, and facility design.

Sean Loomer

Health and Wellness Expert

Sean Loomer is a Health and wellness expert and has trained hundreds of Health Professionals & Professional Athletes on nutrition; Health Advocate, and 20 years in Holistic Health.

He has also taught NBA, NFL, MLB, NCAA Athletes; HS State Football Championship Coach, and Personal Growth Coach.

Sean also closely works with Advocates from series, “Truth About Cancer” .

John Kalosinis

How to navigate a successful hemp farming career.

John Kalosinis created the company Colorado Breeders Depot five years ago along with his two business partners Abid and Leo Sattani. Together they redirected their business from indoor cannabis grows to massive hemp research and development programs. Since 2015 his company has dissected every aspect of the hemp industry by investing in breeding programs; big agriculture research; medical research; and high tech extraction labs. Last year the company grew 26,000 acres of hemp in 9 different states and helped over 200 farmers grow their own fields using Colorado Breeders Depot’s high quality hemp seeds and farming techniques. John has navigated many industry pitfalls along the way and he is passionate about helping other hemp farmers build sustainable lifelong careers in this field.

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