AgTech Innovation Summit 2017 - Growers Talk Back Panel


Bradley Uken, Champaign County Farm Bureau

Bradley Uken serves as the Manager of the Champaign County Farm Bureau, a membership-based organization that provides information, education and advocacy for and on behalf of its members. Bradley
has been with the Farm Bureau for 17 years serving in two other counties previously in the same position. He was born and raised on a grain and livestock farm in Champaign County and continues to help out on the family farm as time allows. Bradley graduated from Illinois State University with an Agri-Business degree.


Matt Barnard, Barnard Farms Partnership

Matt is the owner/operator of Barnard Farms Partnership and is working with his family to produce corn and soybeans in Illinois. He is a graduate of the Illinois Ag Leadership Program and a 2014 recipient of Vance Publishing’s 40 under 40 Leaders in Agriculture. A University of Illinois graduate, Matt resides in Foosland, Illinois, with wife Angie and children, Alex and Brecke.

Pete Pistorius, Pistorius Farm

Pete Pistorius has been involved in the farming operation since graduating college in 1997. Pistorius Farms has been owned and operated in Central Illinois by his family for six generations. Pete’s duties include marketing, inputs, HR, crop planning and overall farm direction. Pete is also the President of Osbernville Grain Elevator and Meridian Seed Service.

Ken Dalenberg, Scattered Acres Farm

With a BS in Agronomy and MS in Crop Science, Ken has spent most of his farming career working with chemical and machinery companies in testing and evaluating new products. He has also tested and evaluated data analysis, precision farming, and modeling products. His farm, Scattered Acres, farms corn and soybeans in Champaign and Piatt counties in Illinois.