Center for Farm Financial Management
 
 

Staff Info

 

Robert CravenRobert Craven
Center Director

 

 

Ben BaltichBen Baltich
Sales Manager

Kevin HamiltonKevin Hamilton
Technical Support

Brittni LamoreuxBrittni Lamoreux
Program Associate

Rann LoppnowRann Loppnow
Software Developer

Curtis MahnkenCurtis Mahnken
Extension Economist

Dave NordquistDave Nordquist
Chief Technical Support

Dale NordquistDale Nordquist
Associate Director

Kevin KlairKevin Klair
Associate Director

 

Jeff ReisdorferJeff Reisdorfer
Senior Communications Specialist

Wynn RichardsonWynn Richardson
Software Developer

Jane SandstromJane Sandstrom
Executive Administrator

Ed UssetEdward Usset
Grain Marketing Specialist

Pauline Van NurdenPauline Van Nurden
Extension Economist

 
 

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

Back to Top

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.

Back to Top

Kevin Klair

Kevin KlairCFFM Associate Director
Extension 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 is an Extension Economist at the Center for Farm Financial Management in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota. He has more than 30 years of experience teaching farm management workshops and developing farm management software tools. He has had a major role in the development of a number of farm management tools including AgPlan: an online business planning tool that has been used to develop over 60,000 business plans; the Ag Risk & Farm Management Library; Farm Answers, the beginning farmers information clearinghouse; and the FINPACK credit analysis software.

Back to Top

Ben Baltich

Ben BaltichSales Manager

Phone Number Phone: 612-301-1413
Fax Number Fax: 612-625-3105
Email Address eMail: bbaltich@umn.edu

Ben Baltich joined CFFM in 2016 as Sales Manager. With a background in banking and sales, Ben focuses on providing FINPACK to lenders and producers. He has a BA in Marketing with a Minor in Mathematics.

Back to Top

Kevin Hamilton

Kevin HamiltonTechnical Support

Phone Number Phone: 612-626-4713
Fax Number Fax: 612-625-3105
Email Address eMail: kdhamilt@umn.edu

Kevin Hamilton provides user and technical support for the Center's software.

Kevin joined the Center for Farm Financial Management in 2016. He worked at a leading agribusiness cooperative and helped numerous customers in the agriculture/agribusiness industry prior to joining the Center. Kevin grew up on a crop and livestock farm in southeastern Minnesota (Mower County) and stays connected to agriculture via his family and friends who are still engaged in farming.

Kevin earned both his B. S. degree in Business Management and his MBA at the University of Phoenix.

Back to Top

Brittni Lamoreux

Rann LoppnowProgram Associate

Phone Number Phone: 612-624-7182
Fax Number Fax: 612-625-3105
Email Address eMail: lambx@umn.edu

Brittni Lamoreux joined the Center for Farm Financial Management in 2016. She organizes various meetings, conferences and trainings, helps to manage the distribution of CFFM software and educational materials, supports sponsored projects, and assists with sales, promotion, and technical support of CFFM products.

Brittni received a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Minnesota and is pursuing a Master of Agribusiness from Kansas State University with expected receipt in 2019.

Back to Top

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.

Back to Top

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

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.

Back to Top

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.

Back to Top

Jeff Reisdorfer

Jeff ReisdorferSenior Communications Specialist

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

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.

Back to Top

 

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.

Back to Top

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.

Back to Top

Edward 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 Economist for the Center for Farm Financial Management at the University of Minnesota, the developers of FINPACK software and a variety of educational programs. Working with his colleagues at CFFM and in extension, Ed developed the award winning “Winning the Game” series of workshops. In addition, he manages Commodity Challenge, an online marketing education game that uses real-time cash and futures data. He teaches "Commodity Markets" at the University. The 2nd Edition of his book, “Grain Marketing is Simple (it’s just not easy)” was released in November, 2015. He is also a regular columnist for Corn and Soybean Digest.

Back to Top

Pauline Van Nurden

Pauline Van NurdenExtension Economist

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

Pauline has worked in several areas of agricultural education and agricultural finance during her professional career. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Economics and a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Education, both from the University of Minnesota. Professionally she has been a high school agricultural education teacher, a farm business management instructor for the Minnesota State college system, an agricultural lender for a community bank, and now an Extension Educator. Pauline’s interest include farm business analysis, farm financial management, and other topics related to assisting farmers meet their operational and personal goals. Pauline grew up on dairy farm in southeastern Minnesota and now has a hobby farm with her family.

Back to Top

 
 

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