Indiana communities are facing complex land-use planning decisions, specifically in regard to renewable energy.  A panel of industry experts will explain how those county-level decisions can affect your agribusiness. 



Jeff Cummins, Associate Director for Policy Engagement, Indiana Farm Bureau

Jeff Cummins serves as the Associate Director for Policy Engagement for Indiana Farm Bureau where he handles many of INFB’s policy and regulatory priorities, including lobbying at the Indiana Statehouse. He also helps manage AgELECT, INFB’s political action committee that focuses on candidate endorsements and issues.

Prior to joining INFB, Cummins was the Indiana State Department of Agriculture for four and a half years, serving in various roles on the policy team but most recently as general counsel and legislative director.

Derrick Stalbaum, Owner, Stalbaum Pork

Derrick Stalbaum is a 2011 graduate of Ball State University. Derrick is the owner operator of Stalbaum Pork and ShowStock located in Medaryville, Indiana.  He currently serves as President of the Pulaski County BZA and has led his board through multiple  industrial solar hearings, as his county is slated to host the largest Utility Solar Farm in the United States.  On a personal level Derrick is incredibly involved in his community as President of his local School Board, a Volunteer Fireman, local philanthropist, and actively involved in many sectors of local and state government. 


Stephanie Wells, Field Coordinator, Hoosiers for Renewables

Prior to founding Wells Strategy + Solutions in 2019, Stephanie Wells was the Vice President of Workforce Development for the Indiana Manufacturers Association, where she developed an employer-driven workforce policy and spearheaded the creation of the Indiana Federation of Advanced Manufacturing Education (INFAME), a work-based learning initiative. 

Previously, Stephanie worked as a Senior Fiscal Analyst for the Indiana Legislative Services Agency.  She served in various roles at the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, where she oversaw the creation of the Indiana Foreclosure Prevention Network and the Hardest Hit Fund, a $220 million federal initiative to assist troubled homeowners stay in their homes during the worst years of the Great Recession. She has also held positions at the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, the Office of Governor Mitch Daniels, Ice Miller, Indiana University Public Policy Institute, and Holliday Fenoglio Fowler (HFF). 

In total, Stephanie has over 20 years of research and analysis, public affairs, and policy experience in the areas of economic development, workforce, housing, and community development.

Stephanie is a proud graduate of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, both for her undergraduate and graduate degrees, where she specialized in public management and policy analysis.



Kara Salazar, Assistant Program Leader and Extension Specialist for Sustainable Communities

Kara Salazar is Assistant Program Leader and Extension Specialist for Sustainable Communities, affiliated with Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, Purdue University Extension, and the Purdue University Department of Forestry and Natural Resources. Working with multidisciplinary teams, Kara oversees the development and delivery of programs to support community planning and sustainable development strategies in communities across Indiana and Great Lakes states. Extension program focus areas include placemaking and enhancing public spaces, land use, green infrastructure, community development, facilitation and strategic planning. Kara additionally serves as a liaison between Illinois – Indiana Sea Grant and Purdue Extension. In this administrative role, she facilitates and coordinates collaborative activities between Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and the Purdue Extension program areas of Community Development and Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Kara has a B.S. in public affairs and environmental science and a M.P.A. in natural resources management and nonprofit management from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She also received a M.S.Ed. degree from the IU School of Education at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) with concentrations in community building and science education. Additionally, she is pursuing a PhD part-time in Natural Resources Social Science at Purdue University. Kara is a certified planner (AICP) and a Professional Community and Economic Developer with credentials from LEED AP ND and the National Charrette Institute. Kara serves on the Indiana Land Resources Council, the Community Planning and Zoning Extension Community of Practice, and the Purdue Land Use Team.