Center for Farm Financial Management
 
 

Staff Info

 

Robert CravenRobert Craven
Center Director

 

Michael ConnakerMichael Connaker
Program Development Coordinator

Kevin KlairKevin Klair
Extension Economist

Curtis MahnkenCurtis Mahnken
Extension Economist

Jeff ReisdorferJeff Reisdorfer
Web Communications Coordinator

Jane SandstromJane Sandstrom
Executive Administrator

Ed UssetEd Usset
Grain Marketing Specialist

Dale NordquistDale Nordquist
Associate Director

 

Eliza HermanEliza Herman
Program Associate

Rann LoppnowRann Loppnow
Software Developer

Dave NordquistDave Nordquist
Chief Technical Support

Wynn RichardsonWynn Richardson
Software Developer

Arun SinghArun Singh
Software Developer

Jon Van KeulenJon Van Keulen
Sales Account Manager

 
 

Robert Craven

Robert CravenCFFM Director
Extension Economist

Phone Number Phone: 612-625-6701
Fax Number Fax: 612-625-3105
Email Address eMail: rcraven@umn.edu
Publications Publications by Robert Craven

Robert H. Craven – Robert Craven is an Extension Economist and Director of the Center for Farm Financial Management, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota.  Areas of specialty include business management, credit analysis and grain marketing.  His work for the Center has focused on development of FINPACK, nationally recognized ag credit analysis software.  He is also on the development team for the Winning the Game grain marketing education programs.  He has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences and seminars including the National ABA Ag Bankers Conference and the USDA Ag Outlook Forum.  He has also taught over 400 workshops on farm management and marketing.

Mr. Craven is also actively involved in a 1200 acre family farming operation in southwestern Minnesota.  He has a B.S. degree in Animal Science and an M.S. degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Minnesota.  Bob’s e-mail address is: rcraven@umn.edu

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Dale Nordquist

Dale NordquistCFFM Associate Director
Extension Economist

Phone Number Phone: 612-625-6760
Fax Number Fax: 612-625-3105
Email Address eMail: dnord@umn.edu
Publications Publications by Dale Nordquist

Dale Nordquist is an Extension Economist and Associate Director of the Center for Farm Financial Management in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota.

Dale's interests include farm business analysis, financial planning, credit analysis and software development. He has over 30 years of experience in teaching farm management and developing software tools for farm financial planning and analysis. Dale has also been a major contributor to the design and development of the FINPACK farm financial planning and analysis software as well as the FINBIN Farm Financial Database and many other software tools available from the Center For Farm Financial Management.

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Michael Connaker

Michael ConnakerProgram Development Coordinator

Phone Number Phone: 612-626-0021
Fax Number Fax: 612-625-3105
Email Address eMail: conna016@umn.edu

Mike is a Program Development Coordinator at the Center for Farm Financial Management. His primary focuses are researching credit analysis approaches and assisting with the design and development of FINPACK. Mike received his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance with a Minor in Accounting from the University of Minnesota.

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Eliza Herman

Eliza HermanProgram Associate

Phone Number Phone: 612-624-8790
Fax Number Fax: 612-625-3105
Email Address eMail: eliza@umn.edu

Eliza is a Program Associate for the Center for Farm Financial Management. She assists in the selling and distribution of the Center's software and helps coordinate many of the grain marketing workshops and other training sessions provided by the Center.

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Kevin Klair

Kevin KlairExtension Economist

Phone Number Phone: 612-625-6237
Fax Number Fax: 612-625-3105
Email Address eMail: kklair@umn.edu
Publications Publications by Kevin Klair

Kevin Klair has been an Extension Economist at the Center for Farm Financial Management in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota since 1987. He has more than 20 years of experience in teaching farm business management and developing farm financial management software programs.

Kevin helped develop the FINPACK farm financial planning and analysis software, as well as Marketeer market planning software and the FINPACK Business Plan software programs. Kevin was involved in the development of the Ag Risk & Farm Management Library and serves as a national coordinator for Extension Risk Management Education.

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Rann Loppnow

Rann LoppnowSoftware Developer

Phone Number Phone: 612-625-7040
Fax Number Fax: 612-625-3105
Email Address eMail: rann@umn.edu
Publications Publications by Rann Loppnow

Rann Loppnow has been a software developer for the Center for Farm Financial Management since 1990. His development work includes all areas of software life cycles, from initial design through the shipping of the final product. His major area of focus has been FINPACK and its satellite programs which include RankEm and FINBIN (the farm financial database reporting system).

Rann received a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota. He owns and operates a crop and livestock farm in southeast Minnesota.

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Curtis Mahnken

Curtis MahnkenExtension Economist

Phone Number Phone: 612-624-7585
Fax Number Fax: 612-625-3105
Email Address eMail: cmahnken@umn.edu
Publications Publications by Curtis Mahnken
Website or Blog Blog: AgEdu.org

Curtis Mahnken joined the Center for Farm Financial Management in 2010 as an Extension Economist.  Prior to arriving at the center, he spent four years with the University of Kentucky as an Area Extension Specialist in Farm Business Management. While at UK, he authored the 2008 Dairy Enterprise Analysis for KFBM as well as participated as a judge for the Southern Dairy Challenge.

Curtis received an M.S. in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University. He grew up on a 100 cow dairy farm in southern Illinois and has been described as having milk running through his veins.

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Dave Nordquist

Dave NordquistChief Technical Support

Phone Number Phone: 612-625-9222
Fax Number Fax: 612-625-3105
Email Address eMail: nordq007@umn.edu
Publications Publications by Dave Nordquist

Dave Nordquist provides user and technical support for the Center's software.

He has been with the Center for nearly 14 years. Prior to joining the Center, he operated a dairy farm in east central Minnesota. Dave and his brother still run a small corn/soybean operation on the home farm "just to get a little dirt under our fingernails."

If Dave were to list what he considers his major accomplishment, it is being a part of the friendly and
cooperative relationship between the Center and its many software users.

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Jeff Reisdorfer

Jeff ReisdorferWeb Communications Coordinator

Phone Number Phone: 612-624-4788
Fax Number Fax: 612-625-3105
Email Address eMail: jreisdor@umn.edu
Publications Publications by Jeff Reisdorfer
Website or Blog Blog: AgEdu.org

Jeff's focus is design and management of CFFM's websites, video development, social media and brand identity. He annually speaks at conferences and private meetings on topics related to Social Media, User Experience, Design Standards and Emerging Technologies.

Jeff co-authors the blog Ag Edu, dedicated to simple mission of prodiving "Useful Stuff for Ag Educators" with CFFM Extension Economist, Curtis Mahnken.

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Wynn Richardson

Wynn RichardsonExtension Economist
Software Developer

Phone Number Phone: 612-625-5283
Fax Number Fax: 612-625-3105
Email Address eMail: wynn@umn.edu
Publications Publications by Wynn Richardson

Wynn Richardson has been with the Center for Farm Financial Management since 1990. He works as an Extension Economist and a Software Developer.

Wynn received a B.S. in Agricultural Economics and Computer Science from Oklahoma State University. He has also received a M.S. in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota.

Wynn's family is the proud owner/operator of a century farm in Oklahoma.

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Jane Sandstrom

Jane SandstromExecutive Administrator

Phone Number Phone: 612-625-3112
Fax Number Fax: 612-625-3105
Email Address eMail: jsandstr@umn.edu

Jane Sandstrom has been with the Center since its creation, over 20 years ago.

Her primary focus is in the the area of financial accounting and business operations associated with the Center's programs. She is involved with editing and some writing of promotional and grant materials.

Jane enjoys the camaraderie and working atmosphere of the Center.

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Arun Singh

Arun SinghSoftware Developer

Phone Number Phone: 612-625-5283
Fax Number Fax: 612-301-1311
Email Address eMail: aksingh@umn.edu

Arun Singh has been in software development since 1998. His prior work has been on projects in the areas of Health, State Government, Accounting, Manufacturing, Online Stock Trading, Service, and Private Aviation.

Arun has US equivalent of Bachelor in Computer Science, loves playing with his kids, enjoys photography, and golf .

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Ed Usset

Ed UssetGrain Marketing Specialist

Phone Number Phone: 612-625-7014
Fax Number Fax: 612-625-3105
Email Address eMail: usset001@umn.edu
Publications Publications by Ed Usset
Column at Corn & Soybean Digest Column at Corn & Soybean Digest
Website or Blog Blog: EdsWorld.wordpress.com

Edward Usset serves as a Grain Marketing Specialist for the Center for Farm Financial Management at the University of Minnesota.

Working with his colleagues at CFFM and in Extension, Ed developed the award winning "Winning the Game" and "Tool Time" series of workshops. In addition, he manages Commodity Challenge, a grain marketing game that uses real time cash and futures data. He has taught "Futures and Options Markets," "Grain Marketing Economics" and "Commodity Marketing" at the University.

His first book, "Grain Marketing is Simple (it's just not easy)" was released in September, 2007.

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Jon Van Keulen

Jon Van KeulenSales Account Manager

Phone Number Phone: 612-625-4219
Fax Number Fax: 612-625-3105
Email Address eMail: vank0082@umn.edu

Jon is the Sales Account Manager for the Center’s products, with a focus on FINPACK. He assists in day-to-day customer relationship management and new sales of software. He also works on promotional materials for conferences and events where the Center for Farm Financial Management has a presence.

Jon received a BSB in Marketing from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management, with a minor in Political Economics. His relatives operate several corn and pig farms in south-central and southeastern Minnesota.

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CFFM Initiatives

 
FINPACK
FINPACK

The premier farm financial planning and analysis software, with versions for producers, lenders, and educators. Now available: commercial credit analysis

FINBIN
FINBIN

FINBIN is the largest and most accessible source of farm financial and production benchmark information in the world

Ag Risk Education Library
Ag Risk Library

The Ag Risk & Farm Management Library collects, categorizes and organizes thousands of Agriculture Risk and Farm Management documents, videos and presentations to help you find the information you need

AgPlan
AgPlan

AgPlan helps rural business owners develop a business plan. Everyone can use AgPlan—for FREE

AgTransitions
AgTransitions

AgTransitions helps farmers and ranchers develop a plan to transition their business to the next generation

Grain Marketing
Grain Marketing

Ed Usset attempts to separate the wheat from the chaff in the often confusing world of grain marketing