Editors

Jim Dickrell serves as editorial director of Farm Journal Media's dairy group overseeing Dairy Herd Management and MILK. Dickrell began working at Farm Journal as editor of Dairy Today in 1989 and associate publisher in 2007, and is based in Monticello, Minn., northwest of Minneapolis. He has 27 years of publication experience, and also operated his family’s Wisconsin family dairy farm for three years following graduation from the University of Wisconsin—River Falls. He also holds a Masters Degree from Hamline University, St. Paul, Minn. In addition to traveling extensively within the United States covering the dairy industry, he has visited Europe, Canada and Mexico on numerous assignments for Dairy Herd Management and MILK.

Dickrell is a past president of the National Mastitis Council, a 2,000-member research and education organization dedicated to improving milk quality around the world. He is also a past president of the American Agricultural Editors Association, an AAEA Master Writer, and winner of dozens of writing awards. He is a recipient of Mid-America Dairymen’s Salute Award for excellence in agricultural communications and Farm Journal’s Wilmer Atkinson Award.

He is actively involved in his local Lions Club and Catholic Church. He is also an avid cyclist and runner, logging some 1,200 miles annually, and a rabid Green Packer fan and owner. He and his wife, Mary, have one daughter.

You can reach Jim at jdickrell@farmjournal.com.

 
Wyatt Bechtel reports for Farm Journal Media's Dairy Herd Management, MILK and Drovers brands as associate editor. Bechtel joined Farm Journal Media in October 2013 as associate editor for Dairy Today and Beef Today.  Prior to joining Farm Journal Media he served as an assistant editor for Vance Publishing, where he was part of the Dairy Herd Management and Pork Network publications. Bechtel was raised on a ranch in the Kansas Flint Hills, where he remains active in managing the family’s cow herd and custom grazing operation. An agricultural journalism and animal science graduate of Kansas State University, Bechtel is based in Farm Journal Media’s office in Lenexa, Kan.

You can reach Wyatt at wbechtel@farmjournal.com

 
Anna-Lisa Laca reports for Farm Journal Media's MILKDairy Herd Management and Top Producer brands as online and business editor. Laca, who served as social media editor for Farm Journal Media early in her career, owns and runs a dairy with her husband, Scott. She works from home near Fallon, Nev. and grew up on a West Coast cow-calf operation. Laca is a graduate of Oklahoma State University.
You can reach Anna-Lisa at alaca@farmjournal.com
 

Contributors

Maureen Hanson combines more than two decades of writing experience with a lifetime of dairy experience. She grew up on a dairy farm in Iowa, which is still a family operation. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree from Iowa State University, then worked as a public relations consultant and technical writer for an agricultural marketing firm for 10 years. She now focuses her freelance writing career on calf and heifer development; mastitis and milk quality; animal health; and dairy nutrition. Maureen oversees content for the Calf & Heifer Adviser e-newsletter
 
Laura Daniels, Contributing Editor
Laura Daniels serves as Nutrition e-Newsletter Contributing Editor. Laura, is the general manager of Heartwood Farm, a 300-cow Jersey herd located in Cobb, Wis., owned in partnership with husband Jarred Searls. Laura also does consulting in the areas of dairy nutrition, labor management and team building.
 

Regular Columnists

 
Columnists sharing their expertise in Dairy Herd Management include Carrie Mess, Lake Mills, Wis., known throughout the dairy industry as "Dairy Carrie,” writing about Social Media; and veterinarians Fred Gingrich, Ashland, Ohio; Mel Wenger and Gabe Middleton, Orville, Ohio; and Mark Thomas, Lowvile, N.Y., discussing dairy herd health topics.
 
Dairy Herd Management also regularly seeks out academia and industry experts to provide columns and features on specific dairy topics and issues.