Leadership & Staff

PCM Specialists

These are the professionals who work directly with our PCM farmers. [add more]

Clay Bess

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Serving Champaign, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Coles
and Vermilion counties

Collin Roemer

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Serving Livingston, McLean, Tazewell and
Woodford counties

Shane Sinclair

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Serving Christian, Macoupin and Sangamon counties

Dave Fulton

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Serving Piatt, DeWitt and Macon counties

Chris Stewart

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Serving Counties in Kentucky

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Dr. Laura Gentry

Director of Water Quality Science, IL Corn
Adjunct Professor, University of Illinois

Dr. Laura Gentry’s work focuses on watershed research to support agriculture water
quality initiatives and nutrient management. She most recently served as research
assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, specializing in
the sustainability of high-yielding corn production systems, residue management and
reduced tillage, and production and sustainability of annual bioenergy crops. Previous
to her position at UIUC, she was an assistant professor at North Dakota State University.
Her Ph.D. studies focused on the effect of tillage, rotation and organic amendments on
nutrient cycling.

Travis Deppe

Director of Precision Conservation Managment

Mr. Travis Deppe leads IL Corn’s water quality and sustainability initiatives focused
on implementing the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy and meeting supply
chain sustainability demands. In partnership with others, he develops and implements
education, outreach and research to help Illinois corn farmers reach their nutrient loss
goals and engage in the sustainability conversation. He most recently was the nutrient
management project lead on GROWMARK’s Sales Agronomy team. Earlier, as a research
technician at Purdue University, he conducted and supported numerous research
projects mostly focused on soil health and mitigating nitrogen losses via cover crop
assimilation in varying crop production scenarios.

Dr. Gary Schnitkey

Professor, University of Illinois 

Dr. Gary Schnitkey is a professor and farm management specialist in the Department
of Agricultural & Consumer Economics, University of Illinois. His activities focus on
farm management and risk management, including examination of issues impacting
the profitability of grain farms such as corn-soybean rotations, machinery economics,
and factors separating profitable from unprofitable farms. Schnitkey performed
economic analysis for the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy and the economic analysis
for conservation practices through the PCM program.

Glen Salo

Consultant, & PCM Techology Partner
CEO, Heartland Science & Technology Group

Mr. Glen Salo, and electrical engineer by profession, is an entrepreneur that has successfully established multiple technical teams and organizational units to support government programs, private industry, and public good missions for small, large, and independent not-for-profit businesses. Heartland operates the PCM Farmer Portal, and continues to develop and expand it’s supporting data analysis technologies.