Agweek has added two sales representatives to its staff.
Calli DeMers and Halle Hough both are available to help agribusinesses in the region reach their goals and advertise with Agweek.
DeMers is based out of rural Gregory,
. She grew up on a Lewistown, Montana, ranch. She showed
in FFA and served as the 2014-15 Montana
“As a ranch kid, I was always passionate about advocating for agriculture. FFA cultivated and refined that passion; my time as a state officer developed my communication skills, taught me how to build relationships, which have helped immensely in my new role,” she said. “We traveled the country meeting with agribusinesses and learned how each one plays a vital role in our success as an industry. Now I have the distinct pleasure of revisiting those businesses and helping them grow. It really has been the most rewarding full-circle moment of my life.”
DeMers graduated from Sheridan College in Wyoming with a degree in ag business. Before joining Agweek, she served as manager of Blue Moon Trading Post — a small business she started with her mother — and as the marketing manager and in website development for Atomic 79. Most recently, she was a social media strategist for Krose Company.
“For years I have said my dream job would be traveling the world and advocating for agriculture. Agweek has made that a reality; we play a vital role in helping agribusinesses grow and ensure the next generation has a seat at the table,” she said. “I am honored to be a part of this team, and Agweek will continue to expand, share critical news, and, most importantly, help agriculture thrive.”
marketing expertise and energy to the Agweek sales team. Her Montana ranch roots and FFA experience add to her passion for agriculture,” said Agweek publisher and general manager Katie Pinke.
Hough is based out of Rock Valley, Iowa. She grew up in south central Minnesota and moved to Luverne,
, in middle school. She met her now-fiance whose family ran a
operation in Luverne in eighth grade and started helping him and his father at their feedlot.
“I fell in love with the industry. Throughout high school, when they maxed out on space for calves, I would take groups of anywhere from 20 to 50 at my family’s acreage and feed and care for them before and after school,” she said.
In high school, she bought “two leftover on-sale pigs” to show and had success with them after a lot of research and hard work. She continued showing four hogs and four lambs each summer.
Hough found a passion for marketing and business after starting an online western jewelry business in college. In May, she graduated from South Dakota State University, with a major in animal science, with an industry specialization, and minors in marketing and business.
At SDSU, she was involved in Block and Bridle, PREXY Council, Swine Club, and Investment Club. She interned with Purina Animal Nutrition in western
and eastern Montana in 2022, focused on marketing, sales, and nutrition at a new business.
“Marketing to rural ranchers was one of the most challenging things I have ever done in marketing, but with a lot of creativity, miles, and conversations, we made it happen,” she said.
Hough still helps manage a feedlot, and she and her fiance are working toward building a cow/calf herd under their brand, Diamond F. She remains passionate about animal nutrition and helping grow agribusinesses.
“Working for Agweek combines all that I am passionate about into one little dream. I love agriculture, I love marketing, and I love forming a public perception. Agweek is the perfect combination of all of my passions bundled into one,” she said.
“Halle’s agriculture sales and marketing internships while earning her bachelor of science in animal science from South Dakota State University bring new energy to the Agweek team. She has a passion to advocate for agriculture from her years of experience in showing livestock and serving on many board,” Pinke said.
Reach DeMers at
or 406-350-3494 and Hough at
Jenny Schlecht is the director of ag content for Agweek and serves as editor of Agweek, Sugarbeet Grower and BeanGrower. She lives on a farm and ranch near Medina, North Dakota, with her husband and two daughters. You can reach her at email@example.com or 701-595-0425.
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