To reach a specific staff member, call the office at 402.471.2676.
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Kelly Brunkhorst (email)
His primary responsibilities include administering of the checkoff on corn marketed in the state. Director of all staff and management functions. Responsible for carrying out the decisions of a nine-member board. Assists in the development of committees to address issues of research, market development, communications, and government affairs. Provide a basis of accurate information for the board to use in decision-making in areas of foreign market development, domestic market demand, research, education, and information sharing.
Boone McAfee (email)
Director of Research
His primary responsibilities include grants, research, transportation, economic analysis/market intelligence, market development in the western and southern US and Mexico, industrial uses of corn and
first purchaser and seed industry relations.
Kurtis Harms (email)
Director of Communication
His primary responsibilities include expanding marketing opportunities through communications, partnering with livestock industry groups and coordinating animal agriculture welfare programs through education and information. Also coordinating corn promotion activities at events across the state and utilizing social media to promote positive messages about agriculture.
Roger Berry (email)
Director of Market Development
Primary responsibilities include coordinating all facets of market development projects to increase demand for Nebraska corn and value-added products, partnering with state, national and international organizations. He will coordinate educational and promotional activities of corn and value-added corn products such as red meat, dairy, poultry and livestock expansion.
Susan Zabel (email)
She is primarily responsible for accounts payable, contracts, purchasing, meeting arrangements and minutes, office management and managerial functions.
Nikki Bentzinger (email)
Serves as support staff for board/office personnel, responsible for website updates and other administrative duties.
Morgan Schilling (email)
Communications & Market Development Intern
He assists with market development programs and activities, collects and reports corn and corn-product utilization and transportation data, and oversees crop progress report placement on the website. Also utilizes social media and to share positive messages about agriculture and creates YouTube videos to share.