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Meet Our Team

Who's On Our Team?

  • Family Managers: Marty & Mary Weiss and Bronson & Louise Weiss

  • Employees: Santi Salazar-Sanchez, Moises Medina-Ponce De Leon, Ivon Alvarado, Jim Miller, Pat Lawstuen and Logan Weiss

  • Veterinary Consultants: Dr. Mike and Dr. Whitney Mueller

Financial Consultants
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GREG STEELE is the Vice President of Dairy Lending with AgStar Financial Services, ACA. His focus is working with commercial dairy operations that have grown and expanded their business. Greg's responsibilities include providing expertise in the area of finance, business planning, and accounting. In addition, Greg leads a team of Industry Specialists who provide value added financial services and innovative solutions to the dairy industry.

Greg has a lifetime of dairy experience having been born on a dairy farm near Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. He attended the University of Wisconsin River Falls and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science and a minor in Farm Management. After graduation, he operated the family dairy business before he began his lending career with the Farm Credit System as a Loan Officer in 1986.

Greg has 27 years of service with AgStar Financial Services. In addition, Greg has worked diligently with the Wisconsin Dairy Business Association (DBA) since their inception. DBA is a statewide organization dedicated to being proactive in helping dairies create and protect consistent water, environmental and waste management regulations. Greg is a current member of the DBA Board of Directors and a member of the Advisory Board for GPS Dairy Consulting.

Greg has also served on the Board of Directors for the University of Wisconsin River Falls Foundation, and the University of Wisconsin River Falls Ag Alumni Association.

Greg and his wife, Mary, live in River Falls, Wisconsin and have two daughters, Abigale and Rheanna.

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STEVE BODART is currently a Principal Business Consultant for AgStar Financial Services, ACA. His focus is working with commercial dairy operations that have grown and expanded their business. Bodart’s responsibilities include business and financial planning, performance monitoring and integrating production and financial management together. Bodart currently works with operations located throughout the northern tier of states across the United States and herds that vary in size from 700 head to 6,500 head. In addition Bodart leads a team of Business Consultants that provide financial and business expertise to the dairy industry.

Steve has a lifetime of dairy experience having been born on a dairy farm near Pulaski, WI. He attended the University of Wisconsin River Falls and received a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education and a minor in Animal Science. Bodart also attended Iowa State University and received a Master of Science in Animal Production. After graduation he spent 13 years working for Land O’Lakes. During his time with Land O’Lakes he spent two years as a dairy nutritionist, six years as a dairy specialist working with financials, milk quality and nutrition and five years with the Dairy Development program assisting producers modernize their dairy operation while improving profitability. Bodart then spent two years as the Chief Financial Officer of a commercial dairy in western Wisconsin.

Bodart has over 12 years of service with AgStar. During his first two years with AgStar his role was as a Commercial Credit Analyst specializing in underwriting loans for large commercial dairies. The last ten years have been in a role leading and overseeing the dairy consulting operations of AgStar.

Bodart is active in both the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin and the Dairy Business Association and a past advisor for PDPW. In addition to his dairy involvement, Steve serves as a board member for the 29 Pines Hotel outside of Eau Claire.

Steve and his wife Stacie live near Elk Mound, WI and Steve has two grown daughters Megan and Courtney.

Veterinary Consultant
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DR. MIKE and DR. WHITNEY MUELLER are our herd veterinarians. They are responsible for our weekly herd checks, ensuring our heifers are healthy, coordinating reproductive and vaccination protocols, and getting heifers ready to be shipped to our Nebraska location. Both Mike and Whitney grew up on Wisconsin dairy farms: Whitney in Eau Galle and Mike in Edgar. They both graduated from UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012 and were married the same year. They now own and operate Chippewa Valley Veterinary Clinic, a mixed animal practice in Durand. In their free time they enjoy spending time with their two boys doing almost anything outdoors.

Prairie Ag Supply

Marshland Acres is a well-managed heifer growing operation. They work hard to do an excellent job managing the animals and crop production, and it shows in the well-grown animals that leave the farm. With such attention to detail, the heifers are allowed to grow to their potential, and return to the home-farms in excellent shape and ready to perform! The Weiss’s take pride in their work, and will work hard for you if you choose to work with them.

CHAD MCEATHRON grew up on a dairy farm in Holcombe, WI. After graduating from UW-RF in 1997 with a degree in Animal Science, he went to work at Prairie Ag Supply in Menomonie, WI, as a Dairy Nutrition consultant. He works with farms of all sizes in West-Central and North-Western Wisconsin, providing advice and services on nutrition, quality forage management, facilities and cow-comfort, calf/heifer feeding, and other related things according to his customers' needs. He lives in Chippewa Falls with his wife Angela and daughter Lakken (age 9). In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors and hunting -- when he is able to go -- and attending sporting events for his daughter and other relatives. His other hobby is officiating high school and Division 3 college football, which keeps him busy on weekends in the fall.

Chad McEarhon, Nutrition Consultant, Prairie Ag Supply

NorthStar Cooperative Genetics & Reproduction Team

In August 2018, NorthStar Cooperative began providing genetic consultation and reproduction services at Marshland Acres. We provide the industry’s best genetics through the Accelerated Genetics and Select Sires lineups. Our team at Marshland Acres includes Darin Klevgard and Tim Trones who collectively offer more than 45 years of experience helping dairy producers meet their genetic and reproduction goals.

As the partner providing genetic and reproduction solutions to Marshland Acres we are committed to helping them achieve their goals. To do that we follow the mating recommendations provided by our genetic consultants, which are developed with the individual owners of the animals housed at Marshland Acres. With a genetic road map in place, our reproduction team is dedicated to generating pregnancies. NorthStar oversees, implements and scrutinizes the entire process from genetic selection to heat detection and insemination and record keeping. We are your partner and are committed to helping you achieve the results you want.

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DARIN KLEVGARD I am a long time dairy industry enthusiast. My role has changed over the years and today I am fortunate to be a Team Leader for NorthStar employees who serve dairy and beef producers in west and north central Wisconsin. I came to the NorthStar team in 2017 as a result of Accelerated Genetics joining Select Sires. For 16 years I had the good fortune to work for Accelerated Genetics first as an A.I. technician and then later as a direct herd sales representative and area sales manager. I have a tremendous amount of experience with synchronization programs, as well as dairy herd management software. I grew up in this area on a dairy farm, which I operated for nine years after earning an associate’s degree from Chippewa Valley Technical College.

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TIM TRONES I started my career as an A.I. Technician in 1992 and in 2002 joined the Accelerated Genetics team providing insemination services to dairy and beef producers in Buffalo and Pepin counties. Like Darin, I transitioned to NorthStar Cooperativein 2017 and continue to provide reproduction services in the area. Over the years the farms I’ve worked with have ranged in size and management styles and I appreciate each owner’s approach and learn from each experience.

Senior Dairy Specialist
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TIM THOMPSON is a Senior Dairy Specialist with Provimi – NA – a division of Cargill Premixes and has been with the company since 1995. He is responsible for Nutrition Tech support to their dealer network throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North & South Dakota, Colorado, Texas, and Kansas. Currently, he services about 200,000+ cows on numerous herds – approximately 5-600 or so. He also works with 40-45 outside salesman/consultants and over sees their accounts. In addition, he personally handles the ration work to some 8000 cows and 6000 heifers on 18 herds.

He has played an intricle part in the development of the AAMPS program over the last 21 years, making it user-friendly as well as developing a true working model to be used to least cost diets in the field.

Over the last 10+ years, his responsibilities have included providing dairy nutrition and management tech support to one of the larger feed companies in Canada (Hi Pro Feeds) as well as the largest feed company in Japan (Feed One).

He is currently an active member of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists.