Our Leadership

Farm Journal has one of the most experienced teams in agriculture and business solutions.

Andy Weber

Andy

Weber

Chief Executive Officer

Weber is a seasoned executive with 35 years of senior management experience in business-to-business media. Prior to Farm Journal, Weber was executive vice president of Reed Elsevier and senior vice president of Chilton Company, a Walt Disney/ABC company. Earlier in his career, Weber served as president of three standalone subsidiaries of the Medical Economics Company, a division of global business information giant ThomsonReuters. He spent the first eight years of his career in agricultural media with Agri Marketing magazine and then Vance Publishing. Weber currently serves as chairman of the Farm Journal Foundation and the Machinery Pete, LLC boards and as a board member of several other industry and philanthropic organizations. He is a frequent media industry speaker and has received numerous industry awards, including Agriculture Future of America’s 2019 Leader In Agriculture Award, Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism’s 2012 McAllister Top Manager Fellowship and Crain’s Media Business Magazine Top CEO Innovator for 2011. Weber is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison in agricultural journalism.
Charlene Finck

Charlene

Finck

President

Finck oversees all Farm Journal franchises including magazines, websites, digital offerings, events and broadcast programs as well as data and human resources functions of the company. She served for a decade as the ninth editor of Farm Journal magazine before moving into the company’s executive team, and founded the Farm Journal Test Plots program, which independently tests production practices, equipment and technology on U.S. farms. Under her leadership, the company launched the Farm Journal Legacy Project, an advocacy effort helping farm families transfer wealth and leadership to the next generation. Finck joined Farm Journal in 1989, as machinery editor after serving on the staff of Successful Farming magazine. An agricultural journalism graduate of the University of Missouri, she grew up on a Missouri crop and livestock farm, which is still active as a family operation today. She has been recognized as the American Agricultural Editors’ Association “Writer of the Year,” has won the Citation of Merit from the University of Missouri Alumni Association and honored as a corporate visionary by the FOLIO Top Women in Media. Finck serves as president of the Farm Journal Foundation, is a member of the AEM Sustainability Task Force, Farm Foundation Board of Directors and the National FFA Foundation Board of Trustees.
Jeff Pence

Jeff

Pence

Chief Operating Officer

Pence is responsible for company infrastructure including finance, accounting, technology and systems as well as strategic business development and mergers and acquisitions. During his tenure with Farm Journal, Pence’s roles have included serving as division president where he focused on strategy development, integrated media sales and division management of the broadcast, produce, AgWeb and Pro Farmer divisions. Before joining Farm Journal in 1998, he was president at Qualitron Media, the production/syndication company for the “AgDay” and “Weekend Market Place” television programs. He’s a graduate of Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management.
Mitch Rouda

Mitch

Rouda

Chief Strategy Officer

Rouda is responsible for leading innovation and business change at Farm Journal. He drives the development of data, digital and technology capabilities and leads the transformation of the company toward data-driven market solutions. He guided the start-up of Trust in Food™, the company’s mission-driven initiative to advance the adoption of regenerative agricultural practices. He previously served as chief revenue officer for the company and before that as president of Farm Journal’s digital media business. Before joining Farm Journal in 2009, Mitch was president and founder of an eMedia consulting group and served in chief digital officer and editor-in-chief positions at other leading media companies. He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a bachelor’s degree in architecture.
Ned Bardic

Ned

Bardic

Chief Customer Officer and President, Enterprise Solutions

Ned Bardic leads content development, paired with deep cross-platform engagement, for Farm Journal audiences while providing real-time insights for businesses to deliver the right message at the right time with unparalleled reach on trusted platforms. He oversees corporate revenues, enterprise solutions, behavioral science, data intelligence, predicative insights, market research and technology platforms. With more than 25 years of experience, Bardic is an accomplished business intelligence professional with a record of aggressive revenue growth and P&L management in strategic consulting, AI/machine learning, data science, analytics, events, market research and custom media. He’s an exceptional communicator with a consultative sales and management style, strong integrated marketing skills and exceptional problem-solving abilities. Prior to his role at Farm Journal, Bardic served as chief executive officer at InsiteAI where he pioneered a breakthrough AI intelligent system called SAGE (Strategic AI Growth Engine) that uses existing customer data to deliver powerful root cause insights and predictive/prescriptive actions. He also spent significant time serving in leadership positions at Symphony RetailAI and EnsembleIQ. Over his career, he has worked with PepsiCo, Bayer, Kimberly-Clark, Nestle, Johnson & Johnson, Conagra, General Mills and other national companies.
Christine Shaw

Christine

Shaw

Executive Vice President, Crops

Shaw oversees Farm Journal’s crops portfolio including industry-leading print brands, broadcast brands, AgWeb.com and data and research. Previously, she served as CEO of Investment News LLC/Bonhill Group PLC, directing global operations and serving on the U.S. board of directors. Prior to InvestmentNews, she oversaw Pennwell’s Technology division (now Endeavor Business Media) for 18 years. She earned an executive certification in management and leadership from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Cliff Becker

Cliff

Becker

Executive Vice President, Livestock

Becker oversees all functions of Farm Journal’s livestock division and its platforms, including beef cattle, dairy cattle and swine. Joining Farm Journal in 2012 as a national account manager, he was promoted to publisher of the livestock group in 2013, vice president in 2016 and senior vice president in 2019. In prior positions, he was vice president of business development at CMA and spent 21 years at the Food 360 group for Vance Publishing, including as vice president and publishing director. He has a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Western Illinois University and serves on the board of directors of five diverse agriculture organizations.
Matt Morgan

Matt

Morgan

Executive Vice President, Produce

Morgan leads Farm Journal’s full produce portfolio, including print, digital and events tied to The Packer, Produce Retailer and the Produce Market Guide marketplace. He has also held the position of senior vice president of data and digital and vice president of digital and row crops. Joining Farm Journal with the acquisition of Vance Publishing in 2015, Matt was the leader of the agribusiness division, and has prior experience as a content manager and director in the areas of livestock and agribusiness. He grew up on a farm in southwest Iowa before his family relocated to Garden City, Kan. Matt is a graduate of Kansas State University with a degree in public relations.
Amy Cole

Amy

Skoczlas Cole

Executive Vice President, Trust in Food

Amy Skoczlas Cole joined Farm Journal in 2020 to lead Trust in Food, a mission-driven division working to mainstream and accelerate sustainable and regenerative agriculture, from producer to consumer, and everyone in between. Before joining Farm Journal0 she served as managing director of The Water Main, a social impact enterprise of American Public Media, where she created Field Work, a multi-platform media effort to put farmers at the center of the conversation about sustainable agriculture. She has also held the position of vice president, sustainability for Pentair and executive director of the Pentair Foundation, as well as director of sustainability and social enterprise at eBay. Amy started her career at Conservation International, where she forged some of the earliest collaborations between business, the global environment and agriculture. She holds an MBA from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in environmental policy from Vanderbilt.

Steve

Custer

Executive Advisor

Custer retired from his position as president of Farm Journal in 2020 but continues as an executive advisor to the company. He spent the first half of his career working for major marketing communications companies, including Leo Burnett, DDB Needham and Young & Rubicam. After joining Farm Journal in 1998 as vice president and director of marketing, he quickly rose through the ranks becoming president in 2014. Along the way, he farmed in Pennsylvania for over 20 years. Custer was raised in rural Iowa in the shadow of a family farm equipment business. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Northern Iowa and a master’s degree in advertising from Michigan State University.
Joel Jaeger

Joel

Jaeger

President and General Manager, Pro Farmer

Joel Jaeger is responsible for Farm Journal’s Pro Farmer business — an industry-leading subscription-based service providing commodity market advice to end-user farmers — as well as the planned offering of additional single-payer subscription products. Jaeger was formerly CEO of Commodity Update LLC, a leading provider of agricultural information to mobile phones, which was acquired by Farm Journal between 2011 and 2014. Before rejoining Farm Journal in 2019 to run the Pro Farmer business, Jaeger was managing partner in two closely held production agricultural businesses based in the United States and Central America. He earned a bachelor’s in business administration from Abilene Christian University and an MBA from Northern Arizona University.
Kevin Doyle

Kevin

Doyle

Chief Executive Officer, Machinery Pete

As CEO of Machinery Pete, Kevin Doyle has grown the leading online equipment marketplace to more than 900,000 unique farmers shopping for farm equipment each month. Doyle has more than 30 years of experience in digital sales, marketing and business development, with a career focus on leading and growing online businesses, and brings extensive experience in online classifieds and lead generation. Doyle previously was president and co-founder of High School Cube. Prior to that, he was with Apartments.com, the leading apartment listings website in the U.S., as senior vice president and general manager. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in economics.

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