MACCA BOARD BIOS

Mark Fuchs is a Certified Crop Advisor and has been the Northeastern Regional Manager for Specialty Fertilizer Products (SFP) since 2012. Prior to being with SFP, he spent thirty years with Southern States Cooperative as a Senior Agronomist covering Maryland, Delaware and Eastern Virginia. SFP became part of Verdesian in June of 2014.

Joe Hatton is a Certified Crop Adviser with Nutrient Management Certifications in Maryland and West Virginia. He is also a certified Grassland Professional through AFGC. Joe and his family operate Hatton Farms, a cattle, sheep, and produce farm outside of Morgantown, WV. He has 25 years experience assisting fellow farmers with the implementation of conservation practices and farm management.

Zane Helsel is a certified nutrient management planner with Rutgers Cooperative Extension. He is responsible for reviewing and evaluating nutrient management plans, mainly those related to NRCS EQIP program participants.

David Jessee is Agronomy Division Manager for Rockingham Cooperative in the Valley of Virginia and Southwest.  He has over 30 years of experience on the commercial side, previously as Agronomist for Southern States Cooperative in VA, WVA, NC and TN,  and with W.R. Grace in North Carolina.  He also worked as a Soil Scientist with USDA.  He is a Certified Crop Adviser and Certified Professional Agronomist working with farmers, dealers, state and extension networks and non-governmental organizations.

Gary Kelman is the head of the Maryland Department of the Environment’s Animal Feeding Operation (AFO) program. The program works with the Maryland Department of Agriculture, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other organizations to implement EPA’s AFO program. Gary was previously an environmental consultant and currently serves on the boards of the National Association of Environmental Professionals and the Academy of Board Certified Environmental Professionals.

Sally Kepfer is a Certified Crop Advisor and is the State Resource Conservationist in Delaware for the Natural Resource Conservation Service. Sally has over 30 years of government service working with landowners and partners to get conservation on the land. She is responsible for technical practices including Nutrient Management and Comprehensive Nutrient Management Planning and works with Technical Service Providers to become certified. 

David Kindig is a Certified Professional Agronomist and has served as the Certification and Training Coordinator for the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation for 18 years. In his position, David manages the urban and agricultural nutrient management certification and education programs for Virginia. David has also worked as a crop consultant, area agronomist and farmed throughout his professional career.

Chris Lawrence has served as State Cropland Agronomist for NRCS in Virginia since March 2004. He is a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) and a Certified Virginia Nutrient Management Planner.  He is the lead technical contact for NRCS in Virginia on agronomic aspects of conservation on cropland; soil health/soil quality; erosion prediction; and nutrient management. Prior to joining NRCS, Chris served as an agricultural Extension Agent for five years in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Coastal Plain regions of Virginia. Mr. Lawrence earned his Master’s degree in Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences from Virginia Tech in 2000.

Alan Marshal is a Certified Crop Adviser and Nutrient Management Planner in Virginia. He owns and operates Ag. Management Services, Inc. and has over 35 years experience in the agricultural industry as a deal and commercial applicator and now as a nutrient management consultant. Alan has extensive knowledge of poultry, dairy, and beef operations as well as bio-solids.

Bill Rohrer is the owner and operator of AgroLab Inc., which provides analytical services for soil, plants, fertilizer, feed, manure and, water. Bill is a Certified Crop Adviser and Certified Professional Agronomist.

Denis Shaffer is the Seed and Protection Manager for Growmark FS. He is a Certified Crop Adviser with over 30 years experience in the agronomy input business both in sales and sales management in Maryland and New Jersey. In addition to serving on the MACCA Board, Denis is the President of the Delaware-Maryland Agribusiness Association and currently serves on DE 4-H Foundation Board of Directors and the DE State Fair Board of Directors.

Ken Sechler is a Certified Crop Advisor and serves as Senior Agronomist with Southern States Cooperative in Western Maryland, Eastern West Virginia and Northern Virginia.

Richard Taylor has worked as an agronomy specialist at the University of Delaware for thirty years. Richard is a Certified Crop Adviser and chairs the MACCA continuing education committee where he is responsible for approving continuing education programs and credits. He also participates in the development of the Mid-Atlantic Crop Management School program, held yearly.

Wade Thomason is an Associate Professor and Extension Grain Crops Specialist at Virginia Tech. Wade has PhD in Soil Science from Oklahoma State University. He worked for the Noble Foundation as a Soil Fertility and Crops Specialist for two years. In his current position he oversees the official variety trials for corn and small grain, and conducts research and extension programs that improve the efficiency and profitability of grain-based cropping systems. 

Joanne Whalen has been the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Specialist at the University of Delaware since 1983. She was names Agriculture Program Leader for the university in 2010 and has been the MACCA exam committee chair for IPM since 1996.

Cory Whaley is a Certified Crop Advisor and is the Sussex County Agricultural Extension Agent at the University of Delaware. Cory provides agricultural education programming and trouble shooting for agronomic and vegetable crops. In addition, he works closely with the irrigation research and extension program.

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