Here are individuals who have been approved to serve as Dairy Decisions Consultants for dairy farms enrolled in the DDC program. Those designated with a DDC behind their name serve as financial and business consultants, while those designated with a DDCe behind their name will assist with employee relations. For more information about any of these individuals, call the center at 717-346-0849.
Matt Henderson (DDC) is an ag business consultant with AgChoice Farm Credit, based in Lewisburg, Pa. Matt specializes in business plans, transition plans and other business services. Matt was a former business owner, business consultant and public relations manager, contributing to the success of countless businesses of all sizes and developing a large professional network for fourteen years. Recently, Matt served as a shale gas asset manager, researching and educating groups about natural gas’s impact on lending, wealth management, the economy and regulatory issues.
Bruce Dehm (DDC) (Agricultural Economist) has over 30 year of experience in the Agriculture industry with a MS degree in Economics & Farming Systems from University of Florida, BS in Animal Science from Cornell University, and AAS in Veterinary Technology from SUNY Delhi. Bruce works with producers every day to help guide them through difficult business decisions based on detailed financial analysis through a consulting service called Dairy Dashboard. Dairy Dashboard helps producers improve profitability by gaining more control and understanding the financial health of their business on a monthly basis.
Matt Meals (DDC) Matt Meals is an ag business consultant with AgChoice Farm Credit, based in Chambersburg, Pa. Matt possesses a unique skill set from his personal, professional and educational endeavors including serving as Deputy Secretary of Animal Agriculture for the Pa. Dept. of Agriculture. Matt specializes in technology, agricultural business management, applied science and agricultural power machinery.
Chris Barton, VMD, (DDCe) has 40 years of experience in dairy veterinary medicine with Lancaster Veterinary Associates and has does informal and formal employee, owner and management consulting for dairy farms throughout the southeast region of Pennsylvania and surrounding area.
Wayne Brubaker (DDC) is a consultant with MSC Business Services, where he has 32 years of experience as a farm accountant and 11 years as a farm consultant. MSC Business Services has performed more than 100 consultations for farms, mostly centered around feasibility studies.
Charles E. Gardner, DVM, MBA, (DDC) has extensive experience in dairy herd management and finances. He has worked with many farms on expansion projects and ownership transitions. He also has training and experience with family communications and conflict resolution.
Chad Fox (DDC) is a Certified Public Accountant and supervisor with Acuity Advisors and CPAs, LLP in Lancaster, PA. As a member of Acuity’s Ag & Agri-Business Services team, Chad is focused on providing financial reporting, tax and consulting services to progressive dairy farms and agribusinesses. Chad grew up on a dairy farm and is a partner in his family’s farm creamery called Fox Meadows Creamery.
Harlan Fricke (DDC) has spent the last 22 years as the owner of AG FIN LLC in New Oxford, where he provides a non-bias business analysis for dairy farm business owners to maximize profits. He was born on a Midwest dairy farm and has 14 years of experience in ag lending.
Mike Hosterman (DDC) is an agricultural business consultant with AgChoice Farm Credit, based in Chambersburg, Pa. Mike specializes in cash flow and viability analysis, cash flow budgeting and developing cash flow plans, and team and business facilitation.
Cory Meyers, DVM, (DDC) is a veterinarian and partner with Mid-Maryland Dairy Veterinarians in Maryland, where they specialize in completing dairy viability assessments and creating inexpensive, innovative solutions to problems identified through the viability assessment.
Brian Reed, DVM, MBA, (DDC) is a veterinarian and partner with Agricultural Veterinary Associates, based in Manheim, Pa. Brian has 23 years as a dairy veterinarian and ten years of experience in dairy business, expansion, and transition planning, as well as team facilitation experience.
Rick Ridgway (DDC) with Ridgway Dairy Consulting in York, Pa., has expertise in financial evaluation, prodution issues and determining the most beneficial response for the least cost, and accounting and tax liability issues. He has worked with dairy farms across Pennsylvania as a consultant.
Kelly Ritchey (DDC) is a senior accounting supervisor and consultant with MSC Business Services, an organization that has performed over 100 consultations to dairy farms, centered mostly on feasibility studies. Kelly has 32 years of experience as an accountant, 11 years as a farm consultant, and grew up on a dairy farm.
Greg Squires is with Dairy Enterprise Services and has consulted with hundreds of dairy operations in 30 states in areas including expansion planning, business planning and financial projection, procuring bridge and primary financing, production audits, labor management and succession planning. He has been a consultant for over 30 years for businesses across the dairy sector.
Phil Taylor (DDC) is a dairy business consultant with AgChoice Farm Credit, where he specializes in financial accounting and financial business analysis. He also has expertise in analyzing DHI production records for financial performance and conducting forage production economics analysis.
David C. Welch, VMD, MBA, (DDC, DDCe) is a veterinary and dairy business consultant from White Oak Consulting in Berlin, Pa. Dr. Welch’s experience is in developing and writing feasibility and business plan relative to expansions and startups. Dr. Welch’s approach is to tie the biology to the business plan, to ensure that cattle management practices support feasibility of the plan.
Lee Wenger (DDC) is a consultant with MSC Business Services, based in Camp Hill, who has 32 years of experience as a farm accountant and 11 years of experience as a farm consultant. Lee also grew up on a dairy farm.
Rich Stup, PHD (DDC) (DDCe) Rich’s focus is on the people side of business. He coaches business owners and senior managers to become more effective as leaders, to develop middle managers, and to build teams that enjoy success together. He also consults in team facilitation, business strategy, change management, succession planning, and human resource management. His 20 years of diverse experience as a business owner, consultant, educator, leader, and financial advisor help him to understand clients and design practical, human solutions.