The Future of Farm Shows

Published Sep 30 in North American Ag  



North American Ag has partnered with METOS USA to bring industry leaders together once a month to discuss a topic at the forefront of North American Agriculture. This month, we are focusing on the future of farm shows, what needs to change and what needs to be preserved. Continue reading to learn more about this month's guest speakers. To learn more about METOS USA, visit their website here:

Jim Mandes 

Jim Mandes graduated from Penn State University with a BSBA in Management and Marketing. He has a deep understanding of the sales process and territory management and is currently the Northern Regional Sales Manager at Krone North America. 


Andy Dellava 

Andy Dellava was born and raised on a poultry and grain farm in New York. He was involved in the launch of the New York Farm Show in 1985, and was President and Chairman of the Board in the late 1980’s and he became CEO & Publisher in 1986. Andy joined Hoard’s Dairyman’s advertising department in 1996 where he is now the Marketing Manager and has since provided dairy market insight and advice to manufacturers on how to best position their products/services to dairy farmers throughout the U.S. 


Gary Schulz 

Gary Schulz graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Education and later graduated from Institute for Organization Management. He is an agribusiness CEO turned business coach with a passion for making a difference in business leaders’ lives. Gary has an extensive background in agriculture after 35 years as an experienced executive in member-driven agricultural business organizations such as the World Ag Expo, Citrus Research Board, Coeur d’Alene Area Chamber of Commerce, and Raisin Administrative Committee.


Jessa Allen 

Jessa Allen is Vice President of Membership & Events at USApple. She has diverse experience with professional and trade associations spanning the healthcare, human resource and affordable housing industries. Prior to joining USApple in March 2013, Jessa was director of member relations for the Health Industry Distributors Associations, the national trade association representing medical products distributors. Jessa is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and active member of the American Society for Association Executives (ASAE). 


Brent Adams 

Brent Adams is an experienced editor and award-winning content creator with a demonstrated history of leadership success working in newspapers, television, radio and public relations. Brent is a strong media and communications professional with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication/Media Studies from Arizona State University - Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Brent is currently the Vice President of Content Development/Programming at Farm Life Agri Media.  

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