Cassie Becker is the publications and media relations specialist for GROWMARK, Inc. She is a 2011 graduate of the University of Illinois, College of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES) with a degree in agricultural communications, and a focus in advertising and public relations.

Marci Sears has held the dual position of National Sales Manager/Ag Sales Manager at The WSBT Radio Group in Mishawaka, Indiana for 14 years.  When initially beginning with WSBT, Marci quickly realized the need for accurate, concise information delivered to the area farm community.  Through her continued work with programming, Marci has quadrupled farm programming on the radio stations in her group.  Achieving the highest

Harold Birch, one of the founding members of FamilyFarms Group, was named Executive Vice President in 2010, after having served as COO since 2006.  In his role as Executive Vice President, Mr. Birch is a valuable organizational resource (internal for staff and external for clients) and is responsible for both international endeavors and strategic resource and development.


Paul Neiffer is an Agribusiness Certified Public Accountant and business advisor specializing in income taxation and accounting services related to farmers and processors.

Experience in serving clients

Terry Simmons was born and raised on a small rice and soybean farm near Cash, Arkansas. In his teenage years, Terry worked as a laborer on neighboring farms and was active in his high school’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter. Terry is a graduate of Westside High School (Jonesboro, AR) and Delta Technical School (Arkansas State University) where he received a diploma in nursing.