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Meet the hosts

Dr. Adam Fahrenholz

Dr. Adam Fahrenholz is an Associate Professor in the Prestage Department of Poultry Science at North Carolina State University. His focus is in the areas of feed manufacturing technology, regulatory compliance, and feed manufacturing process management. Dr. Fahrenholz coordinates the Feed Milling Program, which incorporates an undergraduate minor, and both undergraduate and graduate certificates. He teaches courses on feed milling technology, quality assurance, and facility and process management. He also oversees the operation of NC State’s Feed Mill Education Unit and its academic, research, and extension missions. Dr. Fahrenholz serves as an industry consultant and coordinates an extension program focusing on industry education, the provision of resources for developing programs associated with regulatory compliance and addressing continuous quality and process improvement in feed manufacturing facilities.

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Dr. Wilmer Pacheco

Dr. Wilmer Pacheco was born in Honduras where he obtained a BS in Food Science in 2005. Shortly after graduation, Dr. Pacheco began a feed mill manager training program with Murphy Brown, LLC in Laurinburg, North Carolina where he was responsible for overseeing the production of approximately 10,000 tons of pellet feed per week. In June 2009, Dr. Pacheco was awarded a fellowship in the Department of Poultry at North Carolina State University, where he earned his Master's in Poultry Science and his Ph.D. in Physiology and Nutrition. Currently, Dr. Pacheco is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist at Auburn University in the State of Alabama. His research activities are focused on understanding the interrelationships between feed processing and nutrition on broiler performance. Additionally, Dr. Pacheco conducts research on nutrition strategies to reduce production costs, improve broiler performance, and nutrient digestibility. Dr. Pacheco is lead or supporting author of 32 research articles and 88 news articles primarily in Feedstuffs magazine, which is the leading source of news for animal agriculture in the United States with 12,500 accredited subscribers. Dr. Pacheco has been invited to give more than 165 presentations in 16 countries, has served as chair or member of 25 graduate student committees, and has mentored 21 visiting scholars from 12 countries.

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Dr. Carlos Campabadal

Dr. Carlos Campabadal is a seasoned faculty member at Kansas State University's Department of Grain Science and Industry since 2012. Within the International Grains Program Institute (IGP), he serves as an extension specialist, focusing on grain storage, quality, processing, and feed manufacturing. With a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Purdue University, Dr. Campabadal specializes in non-chemical alternatives for stored product protection. He holds a master's degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Illinois and a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Costa Rica. Before academia, he gained hands-on experience in process engineering at his family's feed mill company and in animal farm management. Dr. Campabadal has extensive international experience, collaborating on projects with USAID and USDA in Central America and Africa. He is a sought-after speaker and consultant for organizations like the U.S. Grains Council and USDA. Dr. Campabadal actively contributes to industry committees and has undergone professional development training in agronomy, FSMA, equipment maintenance, and leadership in extension. He maintains ties to his Costa Rican roots through involvement in his family's feed manufacturing and farm operations.

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Robert Oitker

Robert Oitker is a seasoned Project Manager/Toll Mill Manager at The Maschhoffs, with over four decades of experience in the agriculture and feed industry. His journey began in rural central Illinois, immersed in a landscape of small farms and a vibrant agriculture community. Since starting in the feed business in 1982, Oitker has navigated significant industry shifts, from bag and bulk feed distribution to witnessing the decline of traditional farming practices. Despite these changes, his passion for agriculture remains unwavering. At The Maschhoffs since September 2002, he has overseen 26 toll mill partners and spearheads capital projects, showcasing his feed production and processing expertise. Prior to this, he managed a feed mill at Hog Inc. in Greenfield, IL, from 1998 to 2002. Oitker's career reflects a commitment to innovation, learning, and the swine industry's evolution.

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Meet the founder

Dr. Marcio Goncalves

Dr. Marcio Goncalves earned his veterinary degree from UFRGS, a top university in Brazil, and his PhD in applied swine nutrition from Kansas State University and worked as Global Nutritionist for one of the major swine genetic companies where he led nutrient requirement updates, diet formulation & feeding program for nucleus farms, development of nutritional economic models, and reviewing diets from over 100 customers. Currently, he is the founder of Wisenetix, the largest network of podcasts in the agriculture industry.

He has over 15 years of experience in swine production with exposure to over 20 countries and 120 research studies in pig nutrition/production and his life purpose is to create a positive impact in the world through knowledge dissemination in the global ag industry.

Additionally, he is a member of the Non-Ruminant Nutrition Symposium Committee at the American Society of Animal Science. More information can be found at Google ScholarResearch Gate, and LinkedIn.