Thursday, February 16th, 8:30 a.m.
Brandi Buzzard is a cowgirl, rancher, working mom and wife. For more than a decade, she has also been a passionate agriculture advocate while helping others share their agriculture stories. In 2019, her work in the professional and advocacy arenas led to her selection as a Top 10 Industry Leader Under 40 by Cattle Business Weekly as well as the NCBA Masters of Beef Advocacy Advocate of the Year. She has spoken on MSNBC, FOX, CBS, The Weather Channel and Newsy addressing issues like conservation, beef sustainability and nutrition. She has also visited the White House and spoken to senior White House officials about agriculture and sustainability.
Brandi has worked for the Beef Cattle Institute, K-State Research & Extension, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and is currently the Director of Communications for the Red Angus Association of America and editor of the Red Angus Magazine.
Brandi, her husband Hyatt, and their daughters Oakley and Quincy, live in southeast Kansas and own High Bar Cattle Company, a Gelbvieh/Balancer seedstock operation.
Friday, February 17th, 8:00 a.m.
From September 1998 to March 2022, Broyaka carried out scientific and educational activities at the Vinnytsia National Agrarian University, Ukraine, in positions including teaching assistant, senior lecturer, associate professor and vice-dean for research and dean of the faculty of economics and entrepreneurship. Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Broyaka has moved to the United States and received refuge in Manhattan, Kansas. She is continuing research activity as an Extension Associate in the Agricultural Economics Department of Kansas State University on an issue of economic impact of Russian military aggression on Ukrainian agriculture and global food security.
Antonina is an author (individually and co-authored) of more than 60 publications of educational and methodological nature, as well as nearly 70 scientific publications. In her research, she paid considerable attention to nowadays micro- and macroeconomic problems, strategic management of the national economy, principles of development of agro-industrial sector of economy, agricultural extension service, food security and current trends in foreign economic activity.
Friday, February 17th, 1:00 p.m.
Adrienne is part of her husband's fourth generation farm family in Midwest Illinois. They farm corn and soybeans, with a small herd of cattle and a small herd of children. With a Master’s degree in Counseling (and a self-proclaimed Master of Farm Family Chaos), Adrienne recognized a need for mental health advocacy in agriculture, and began partnering with Ag businesses and organizations to promote healthy minds and prevent farmer suicide. In addition to public speaking, she helps create and connect valuable ag mental health resources, writes wellness articles, and has been featured in articles, podcasts, and initiatives across the globe.