Spark Ed: Careers in Agribusiness Videos

Created for educators and FFA instructors, these short videos showcase each of the agribusiness leaders interviewed for the Spark: Careers in Agribusiness podcast. Each video focuses on advice to students interested in a career in agribusiness.

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Jessie Kreke, Culver’s

Kreke, senior marketing manager for Culver’s Franchising System, is responsible for creating a digital experience for Culver’s that matches its well-known offline hospitality. She is passionate about education and grew up on a hobby farm in Wisconsin with horses, dogs, goats and cattle.

Wendy Pinkerton, Zoetis

As senior manager, U.S. industry relations at Zoetis, Pinkerton is an agriculture and communications expert. Pinkerton grew up on her family’s northern Illinois crop and livestock farm, where she was involved in 4-H, showing cattle and hogs. She also gained leadership experience through 4-H and purebred cattle associations.

Amy Tranzillo, The Context Network

Senior Consultant of The Context Network, Tranzillo brings 20 years of animal health and agribusiness experience to the table. She has a deep understanding of the global animal health market and has worked to develop and commercialize a number of innovative pharmaceuticals, vaccines and nutrition products for livestock.

Sara Wyant, Agri-Pulse Communications

As founder and editor of Agri-Pulse, Wyant has created a company that reports the most up-to-date agricultural and rural policy decisions, which are indispensible to ag industry leaders. She grew up on a farm near Marengo, Iowa, and was encouraged by her family to try new things.

Cyndi Young, Learfield

Young, director of Brownfield and Ag Operations, leads a team of a dozen Brownfield farm broadcasters to create content for the network. She grew up on a multi-generational family farm in west central Illinois, was a 10-year 4-H member, active in her FFA chapter and held leadership council positions in both.

Susan and Lisa Tronchetti

Susan Tronchetti is a business development professional, and her daughter Lisa Tronchetti is a dairy products merchandiser at Gavilon Group, LLC. Susan grew up on a farm in southern Iowa and still farms; Lisa grew up on her parents’ farm and was involved in animal agriculture through 4-H.

Susanne Wasson, Dow AgroSciences U.S.

Wasson, U.S. commercial leader of Dow AgroScience’s Crop Protection division, has served in a variety of roles within the company as she worked her way up the career ladder. She grew up on a farm and was involved in numerous activities in high school.

Sheri Seger, DTN/The Progressive Farmer

An experienced national account manager with a lengthy career in media, information technology and services, Seger is a leader in the ag communications industry. She grew up moving from one small community to another, as her father worked with rural electric associations.

Cindy Zimmerman, ZimmComm New Media

Zimmerman is vice president and co-founder of ZimmComm New Media, a news and content creation and distribution company, which includes AgWired and AgNewsWire. She grew up in Florida and wanted to be a zoologist as a child; her first job was with the Florida Farm Bureau.

Michelle Rook, WNAX

Farm director for WNAX Radio and reporter for AgDay and U.S. Farm Report, Rook is one of the nation’s top farm broadcasters and market reporters. She has been recognized widely for her journalistic excellence. Rook grew up on a dairy and crop farm in eastern South Dakota, where her parents still farm.

Linda Rader, Radson Company

As an accomplished executive with a track record of developing innovative strategies that drive revenue and market share gains, Rader’s experience in global marketing leadership roles with companies such as Merial and AgData gives her a unique perspective on agriculture.

Theresia Gillie, Minnesota Soybean Growers Association

Gillie joined the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become president in June 2016. She is also co-owner, with her husband, of Gillie Grain, a fourth-generation family farm in northwest Minnesota that produces soybeans, wheat and sunflowers.