National Farm & Ranch Business Management Education Association, Inc.

...Teachers delivering knowledge that works to North America's Farm and Ranch Families

Meet Our Board Members

Tina LeBrun

President: Tina LeBrun

Tina has been a Farm Business Management Instructor for South Central College since January 2009. She offices near New Ulm, Minnesota, covering parts of Sibley, Nicollet, Brown, Blue Earth, Waseca, and Le Sueur counties. Recently, Tina has expanded her service area to a few out of state projects and completed some financial benchmarking education for small fruit and vegetable growers on the east coast.

Raised on a dairy/crop farm in south central Minnesota, Tina went on to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and graduated with a B.S. in Agriculture Economics and Animal Science. After graduation Tina went back home to the family farm where she continues to be involved in operations and has been actively working on farm transitioning for the past 2 years. Early in her farm management career she completed an M.Ed from the University of Minnesota. Working with her own farm and other farm producers for the past 14 years, Tina has an extensive foundation of farm management topics.

Currently, she and her husband Kyle live on a farm near Lafayette, MN where they raise Charolais beef cattle for their cow/calf operation along with attempting to raise their 4 children. They are both actively involved in Tina’s family's cattle farm, cropping enterprise, and direct farm, beef sales business - Backstreet Market, which means most free time is generally spent farming, managing meat sales, or record keeping.

She was also a member of the MN Beef Producers - Top of the Class program in 2018-19, where her training has evolved into being an advocate for agriculture and the beef industry. She enjoys blogging about farm management and beef producer issues while educating the general public on the beef industry through social media, farm tours, or classroom/meeting setting.

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Ron Dvergsten

President Elect: Ron Dvergsten

Ron is in his 33rd year serving Northwest Minnesota farms as a Farm Business Management instructor and as the Program Supervisor for 12 years at Northland Community and Technical College. For the past nine years Ron has been a member of the Minnesota State FBM Database Team, through AgCentric. He is also Director for American State Bank of Grygla.

Ron attended UMC and then transferred to NDSU, where he graduated with a degree in Agriculture Education. He served as the Vo-ag Instructor at Crookston Central High School for five years and as an Ag Loan Officer for the Farm Credit Services of Grand Forks (currently Ag Country FCS) for four years before beginning a career in farm business management.

Ron grew up on a dairy/diversified farm outside of Greenbush, MN; he currently lives in Thief River Falls. He considers all Northwest Minnesota as his home area having also lived in Crookston, Fosston and East Grand Forks.

Ron has previously served on the NFRBMEA Board as Secretary (1997-98) and President Elect, President, Past President (2003-2006).

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Myron Oftedahl

Past President: Myron Oftedahl

Hi, my name is Myron Oftedahl. I have been a Farm Management Instructor since January, 2006 working for South Central College with an office in Glencoe, MN. I taught High School Ag for 3 years when fresh out of the University of Minnesota and then spent 22 years in a crop production retail location before becoming a FBM Instructor. I serve as the Advisory Committee liaison for the FBM Division at South Central College. I am a member of the county Corn & Soybean Growers and have served as a State Director for MN Soybean Growers. I am a Provider Pals volunteer where we go into an urban middle school usually, and tell our Agriculture story. This turns into a memorable day.

I also enjoy gardening and landscaping. I bought a boat last summer and am enjoying the times that I get to go fishing. I also enjoy working in my woodshop and doing home improvement projects, as long as it doesn’t involve plumbing!

You might see me in a Ford Mustang t-shirt at times, this was always my dream car and in 2012 I bought a 2007 Mustang. Bright red! What fun!

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Jennifer Smith

Secretary: Jennifer Smith

I have been a Farm Business Management Instructor at Riverland Community College since October 2008. My office is located in Wanamingo, MN, where I share that space with my co-workers Kyle Huneke, and Rex Quam. Prior to being an FBM Instructor, I taught high school agriculture at Hutchinson High School for seven years and at Watertown – Mayer High School for one year. My degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education from the University of Wisconsin-River falls, a Masters of Education from University of St. Mary’s, and a K-12 Principal Licensure from University of St. Mary’s.

Previously, I served as NFRBMEA's Conference Sponsorship Coordinator.

Personally, I reside in Kenyon, MN, with my husband and three sons. We have a small hobby farm with a variety of animals. I stay busy watching the boys in all of their activities, that include 4-H, FFA, Boy Scouts, Football, Basketball, Baseball, plays, Math Team, and Knowledge Bowl. In our free time, we like to go to the lake – fishing and camping. I enjoy reading, gardening, and all our farm animals.

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Jeff Schultz

Treasurer: Jeff Schultz

I have been a Farm Business Management instructor since 2015. I am part of a 13-instructor team at South Central, Faribault campus, along with Mark Wehe and Eric Kinsley. Previously I was a commodity broker for 15 years helping farmers sell and hedge their commodities. Prior to that I was an Agronomist for 10 years in Iowa and Minnesota. I have a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota in Agronomy and Ag Economics.

I live and grew up in Faribault with my wife and three children. We raise red angus and clubby cattle and show them locally and nationally. I enjoy pheasant hunting behind pointers, BBQ, gardening, and too many volunteer positions to mention.

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Deron Erickson

National Council Rep: Deron Erickson

Deron is a Farm Business Management instructor at Minnesota West Technical College with an office in Barrett, MN. He has been a Farm Business Management instructor since November of 2000. Prior to this he taught High School Ag Education in Morris and Hancock. The Westland FBM program has been honored in 2022 as the Outstand Post-Secondary and Adult program by the Minnesota Association of Agricultural Educators. This program has around 65 students that range in age from 22 to 75, and has students in Grant, Traverse, Big Stone, Stevens, Swift, and Douglas Counties of Minnesota.

Deron was born and raised in Stevens County and currently operates the 430-acre home farm growing both corn and soybeans. Growing up it was a diverse farm raising finish beef, finish hogs, chickens, and sheep. That background has helped as a Farm Business Management instructor. Deron graduated from North Dakota State University and is a proud Bison alum! Deron’s free time is taken up with farming, but he also enjoys being on the water as much as possible.

Deron has been married to his lovely wife Cam for 4 years. He has a daughter Rebecca who is an Ag Education graduate from the University of MN, Jacob who is an infrastructure engineer on the Microsoft campus in Seattle, and Noah who is the 2022-23 FFA State Sentinel and will be attending the University of MN in the Fall. Deron also has two step children, Kelli and Kate, and two grandchildren.

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Denise Reeser

Conference Sponsorship Coordinator: Denise Reeser

Denise has been an agricultural educator for the past 26 years. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education and received her MBA from Southwest Minnesota State University.

Currently, she teaches Adult Farm Business Management for South Central College to area farmers near Montgomery, MN. Denise is a co-leader of the Minnesota Professional Excellence Program, a mentoring program for early career farm business management instructors.

In addition, Denise is a part owner in their family business, BamaSota BBQ, a food trailer and catering business serving Southern Minnesota. She resides in rural New Prague with her husband and three daughters.

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Deb Pike

Communications Director: Debra Pike

Deb has been co-editor of NUTS & BOLTS since 1993, and became the NFRBMEA webmaster in April 1999. Beginning June of 2010, her official title changed to "Communications Director".

Deb received an AS in Web Design & Development from Rochester Community & Technical College in 2007. Her interest in web page design came about after "sitting in" for Wayne at a workshop offered at the Minnesota Vocational Ag Instructor's Association (now MAAE) conference in July 1998. Deb also designs websites on an independent contract basis.

Deb is married to Wayne; they have three sons, & daughters-in-law: Bob & Gretchen, Matt & Emily (parents to Grace and Noah) and Ted & Taylor (parents to Killian).

Deb also enjoys machine knitting, machine embroidery and sewing, and playing agility with her "Spotted Rocket", Zuzu.

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