Minnesota Committee

Targeting Excellence formed a Minnesota committee in 2013 making it the 2nd state to join the organization.  The first Minnesota fundraiser was held in 2013 and students scholarships have been awarded in the state since that time.

The Minnesota Committee is comprised of individuals from food production systems, allied industries, and university professors all volunteering their time and resources to raise these funds from national and regional partners. All money raised in the state of Minnesota will stay in the state for scholarships for Minnesota students.  Attracting the brightest and most motivated students, allowing them to have face-to-face time with future employers, and allowing them to graduate without a heavy debt load will not only be good for the students, but will also make our future industry stronger. More face-to-face time among the leaders of agribusiness, production systems and agricultural colleges can also lead to new alliances to ensure the survival of our industry.

To learn more about the impact the Minnesota committee has had on the food animal ag industry and students click here.

Dan Gray

Dan Gray

Senior Vice President Global Sales & Marketing, Animal Nutrition - QualiTech, Inc.

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Doug Skartvedt

Doug Skartvedt

Regional Sales Manager at Boehringer Ingelheim

Doug Skartvedt received his Animal Science degree from Iowa State University in 1993. He was raised on a family farm in central IA with cattle, sheep and hogs.He joined Pharmacia Animal Health focusing on the swine industry from 1995 … Read More

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Mark Fitzsimmons

Swine Graphics Enterprises

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Russ Siakel

Marketing Manager, US and Canada at PharmGate Animal Health

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Scott Webster

Regional Manager North America - Selko Feed Additives - Nutreco

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S Wayne

Pipestone Veterinary Services

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Alfredo DiCostanzo

Alfredo DiCostanzo

Professor, Department of Animal Science, University of Minnesota

Alfredo DiCostanzo is a Professor and Extension Animal Scientist with responsibilities for state-wide programming in beef cattle nutrition and management.  He has been with the University of Minnesota Extension Service for 23 … Read More

Dave Gocken

David B Gocken

Director, Marketing & Sales, Head of Equine Business - Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.

Dave Gocken is one of the founding Board Members of Targeting Excellence.  Dave has over 25 years experience in the animal health and nutrition industry. He joined Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) in 2005 as national sales … Read More

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