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Minnesota West Community & Technical College

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Lamb & Wool Management Instructor Ryan Knuth grew up in South Central Wisconsin on a small commercial Polypay operation learning early in life how to care for animals in profitable ways. He received his B.S. in Animal Science (2017) at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, M.S. in Animal and Range Sciences at Montana State University (2019), and Doctor of Philosophy in Animal and Veterinary Science at the University of Wyoming (2022). Throughout his collegiate education, he has had a breadth of research experience related to sheep and beef cattle production systems and looks forward to using that knowledge to build a highly impactful applied, and translatable teaching and outreach program focused on animal health and management to improve sheep production.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Lamb & Wool Management Instructor Philip Berg was born and raised on a Pipestone area sheep farm and continues to work with his family's sheep operation. He graduated with an Animal Science degree from South Dakota State University and also received a Master's Degree in Animal and Range Science from North Dakota State University. After receiving his Master's Degree, Philip worked for the North Dakota State University Research Center in Hettinger, ND. After six years with the NDSU Research Center, he returned to Pipestone where he was employed by the University of Minnesota Extension Service in Pipestone County for eleven years. Philip began his role as a Lamb and Wool Instructor in June of 2005.

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This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Small Business Management Instructor Georgina Cavin was born and raised in Lennox SD. She has a BS in Accounting from National American University and a MBA from the University of Sioux Falls. She has over 15 years of industry experience that includes general ledger accounting, payroll and benefits accounting, financial statement preparation, financial statement analysis, bank auditing, both internal and external auditing, individual tax preparation, in addition to over 25 years as an instructor in post-secondary education. For 15 years she also owned and operated a mobile food service/concessions business. As an instructor, she has taught in the classroom setting, in a hybrid format, and also in an online format. She really enjoys creating curriculum delivery that meets the needs of her audience. As a certified Soft Skills trainer, she has created and delivered several professional development training seminars to various organizations. Georgina began her role with Minnesota West College as a Small Business Management instructor in February of 2023. 


Farm Business Management 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (605-690-5336) Mike is a Farm Business Management instructor in the Marshall area.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (507-825-6829) Brian is a Farm Business Management instructor in the Pipestone area.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (507-728-8400) Prior to joining Minnesota West, Aaron was a Farm Business Management instructor at South Central College. He serves the Waldorf-Pemberton area. 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (507-828-6651) Linda is a Farm Business Management instructor in the Walnut Grove area.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (320-249-1960) Paul is a Farm Business Management instructor in the Hutchinson area.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (320-808-5187) Deron is a Farm Business Management instructor in the Barrett area.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (320-249-1958) Shawn is a Farm Business Management instructor in the Litchfield area.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (507-847-7937) Mike Dierks has been a Farm Business Management Instructor at Minnesota West for 14 years. He holds a B.S. in Agricultural Business and a B.A. in Commercial Economics from South Dakota State University. He also holds an MBA from Southwest Minnesota State University. He is also a certified Risk Management Consultant through the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Mike has been awarded the MAAE Region 6 Outstanding Beginning Adult Farm Management Instructor, and the program has been awarded the MAEE Region 6 Outstanding Adult Farm Management Program.
Mike is married and has 3 children. He enjoys spending time on his farm, playing sports and taking part in many outdoor and sportsman activities. In his previous life before Farm Business Management, he was an agricultural lender for 15 years.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (507-220-8176) Kent has been a Farm Business Management Instructor at Minnesota West for the past 7 years. Prior to joining the team at Minnesota West, he worked as a high school agriculture teacher. Kent has his MEd in Agricultural Education. Kent and his wife Jolynn, have 4 children. In his spare time, he enjoys working outside and fishing. 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (507-530-5238) Troy is a Farm Business Management instructor in the Marshall area.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (507-530-8344) Lori started teaching Farm Business Management in July of 2015. Prior to this, she taught agribusiness and economics at SMSU. She holds a BS in Ag Business and Business Administration and a Masters in Business. Lori and her husband have 5 children, and she enjoys gardening and reading.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (507-828-8506) Brad is a Farm Business Management instructor in the Marshall area.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (507-728-8400) Justin has been a Farm Business Management Instructor at MN West for the past 4 years. He holds a B.S. in Ag Education, a M.S. in Ag Education and a M.A. in Administration. Previously, Justin taught at Martin County High School and at Maple River High School. In 2006, he was awarded the Outstanding High School Program and in 2014 the Outstanding FBM Program. He and his wife Jill have 3 children: Morgan, Colby and Cade. He enjoys hunting, fishing, golf and officiating football and basketball games.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (605-695-1668) Zach is a Farm Business Management instructor in the Canby area.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (507-847-7936) Brad is a Farm Business Management instructor in the Jackson/Lakefield area.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (612-269-0334) Jeremy is a Farm Business Management instructor in the Welcome area.


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