The feed nutritionists and species specialists at Farmers Cooperative Elevator want to help producers improve their profitability by improving their feed efficiency. Please contact them to find out how they can help you manage your herd's productivity and your bottom line. 

DAIRY NUTRITIONIST

DAN BERGIN • 507.313.8844 • dvbergin@landolakes.com
As a dairy nutritionist, Dan visits his customers’ dairy farms on a regular schedule – weekly or bi-weekly – to look for problems to fix, test feeds, and run rations. "The cows tell you very fast how you’re doing at your job, which makes it exciting," Dan says. He’s always trying to find a better way to help his producers and their herds be more productive. A graduate of southern Illinois University in Animal Science, Dan has worked for Farmers Co-op for 18 years.

DAIRY NUTRITIONIST

MIKE STEMPER  • 507-450-7901 • mastemper@landolakes.com

Mike joined the FCE feed team in March 2015 and works with dairy farmers in southeastern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa.  Mike's experience and education helps him identify strengths of operations to overcome struggles and improve production.  Mike's passion for the dairy industry comes through in his work assisting dairy farmers with their nutrition needs, monitoring changes in feed, forages and cattle and balancing rations to help make healthy, profitable cows. He encourages everyone to promote the dairy industry with the most nutritious natural product - milk!

 
 Troy King

LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION SPECIALIST 

TROY KING • 507.458-3741 • tking@landolakes.com

Troy is our livestock production specialist with a young animal emphasis. He will augment some of Krystal Regan’s time with the calf and heifer side of our business as she now has regional calf and heifer responsibilities for Purina.
Troy was our intern last summer and did a great job for us. He has experience raising and feeding cows and calves as a youth and has been on the U of M judging team. Troy has a B.S. in Animal Science from the U of M and has taken graduate studies in nutrition at NDSU.

 

REGIONAL PURINA CALF & HEIFER SPECIALIST

KRYSTAL REGAN • 563.794.0778 • kkregan@landolakes.com

Krystal studied animal nutrition and animal health at Iowa State University. She was the calf manager on a large commercial dairy for 11 years where duties included hiring and training employees, keeping calf records, and working with vet and nutritionist. Krystal has been the calf and heifer specialist at FCE for 4 years, helping dairy and dairy beef producers raise healthy heifer and bull calves. Recently she became the regional calf and heifer specialist for     Purina Animal Nutrition in Northeast Iowa, servicing dairy and dairy beef calf customers.

 

BEEF & SWINE SPECIALIST

MIKE ROOT • 507.951.3674 • mwroot@landolakes.com

Mike works with beef cow and calf producers and spends most of his time with the larger feedlots in southeastern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa. He also works in dairy nutrition in the same area. Mike has worked on dairy farms and been around cattle his whole life and is part owner of his family-owned beef farm near Preston. Previously he worked for an independent nutrition company based out of Nebraska. His hands-on experience working with producers and cattle have given him a great background in nutrition. Helping producers by getting to know them and their operation is very important to Mike. He says every farm is different and, working together with the farmer, he likes to figure out the best and most efficient way to get the best feeds possible. 

 

 
Paul Bartsh

BEEF & SHOW FEED SPECIALIST 

PAUL BARTSH • 507.259.1220 • pmbartsh@landolakes.com

Paul Bartsh grew up near Rushford on a small hobby farm and worked on his grandparents’ farm.  This experience with beef cattle led him to two years in the vet tech program at RCTC, followed by a few years at Town & Country Vet Hospital and with another feed company for a few years before joining FCE in June 2014. Paul Bartsh has passion for the beef industry and helping producers get the best bang for their buck. In addition to working with beef cattle, Paul Bartsh is active with the Minnesota Junior Livestock Show and the Fillmore County Cattleman’s Association.  Invite Paul to your operation and he’ll help you use the technology available through feed to maximize your profit potential.

 

REGIONAL PURINA SWINE SPECIALIST

TODD LANDT • 641.330.1416 • tllandt@landolakes.com

As a swine consultant, Todd helps producers put together rations, provides pig sourcing, pig management oversight, and does closeouts. He really enjoys working with producers and helping them obtain their goals. Based on individual priorities, he uses his understanding of the relationship between actual costs and performance to work to improve feed efficiency and maximize performance at the least cost. Todd has a B.S. in agricultural studies, farm operation, from Iowa State University. Todd lives in Charles City, Iowa, and enjoys hunting and fishing in his spare time.

 

HORSE, PET, SHOW FEED, BACKYARD POULTRY SPECIALIST

ALESHA SVEEN • 507-259-4110 • asveen@landolakes.com

Alesha Sveen grew up in Lanesboro and worked with a broad range of animals at Town & Country Vet Hospital before joining Farmers Co-op Elevator.  Alesha’s specialty is horses, but she also works with show feeds, cattle minerals and all creatures, large and small. She works out of Rushford and covers all of FCE’s territory. Most of her time is spent making farm calls, getting to know her customers and learning how she can assist them in their overall feeding and animal nutrition needs. Alesha has a bachelor of science degree in animal science from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Alesha encourages people to seek help if something is not going exactly right with their animals, and together they can determine what changes could be made to improve the situation. To Alesha, working for FCE is an opportunity to work in the rural area she loves and bring the best, most current information and recommendations to those raising animals — whether for profit or as pets. 

 

FEED DEPARTMENT MANAGER

ROD TORGERSON • 507.450.0498 • torgerson.r@fce.coop

Although Rod’s management duties — purchasing feeds, marketing, quality control, supervising the feed division’s employees, HACCP and other regulatory compliance, and working on plans for a new feed mill — take most of his time, he still enjoys doing some dairy and beef nutrition work. He also enjoys the challenge of managing the different aspects of Farmers’ ever-expanding feed division. “We try to purchase feeds as economically as we can, and we’ve changed how we purchase feeds to enable us to give our customers greater discounts. We want to keep our customers and the co-op profitable,” explains Rod. On the nutrition side, he wants to help producers manage their crops to put up high quality forages, so they can spend less on purchased feed and get the most efficiency out of their animals.