Phone: (712) 348-2850
SN Location: SD and Iowa
Dr. Robert Fischer grew up in Northeast, Nebraska on a diversified farming operation, consisting of a farrow to finish swine operation, cow-calf operation, corn, soybeans, and alfalfa. It was on that operation working with his father and mother that he developed a love for animal production and furthered his education in animal production at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Fischer attained three advance degrees from UNL, his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Animal Science in 1997, Master’s Degree in Swine Nutrition in 2001, and Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Swine Nutrition in 2005. During his time working on his Masters and PhD. degrees, he also worked as a Research Technologist helping other graduate student’s set-up and complete their swine feeding experiments to attain their advanced degrees. After finishing his advanced degrees, Dr. Fischer started working at Sioux Nation Ag in the summer of 2005 as a monogastric nutritionist with a focus in swine nutrition, but over the last 5 years has also diversified into working with and formulating diets for turkey operations. Dr. Fischer is committed to helping customers raise productive pigs and turkeys. Sow nutrition, nursery and brooder feeding programs, and anti-biotic free swine and turkey production are areas of interest for Dr. Fischer. In his spare time he enjoys spending time at his kids activities, being outdoors working around the house, working on the family farm, and spending time with family.
• Batchelor of Science in Animal Science from The University of Kentucky
• Masters Degree in Swine Nutrition from The University of Kentucky
• PHD in Swine Nutrition from The University of Kentucky
• Awarded the 2013 Stahly/Peo Outstanding Swine Nutrition Midwest Graduate Student Award
• Awarded the prestigious IIC (International Ingredient Corporation) Pinnacle Award for his nutritional contributions to the swine industry
Dr. Baldwin grew up outside of Fargo, ND where he developed an interest in avian medicine and management. He graduated from Iowa State University in May of 2016 with his DVM. Although a recent graduate, he is not a newcomer to poultry medicine. During his time in veterinary school he spent time with major integrators in broilers, layers, turkeys, and ducks. Some notable poultry externships include: Butterball, Jennie-O Turkey Store, Sanderson Farms, GNP, Nicholas, Phibro Animal Health, Cargill, Aviagen Turkeys, and multiple state diagnostic laboratories across the country. Beyond the poultry realm, Dr. Baldwin has spent time working with the Swine Medicine Education Center, Boehringer Ingelheim Biologics, and the Department of Toxicology at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He has been published multiple times on his novel research using infrared thermography.
Dr. Baldwin is committed to being a member of the poultry community and local community. In his spare time he likes to play ice hockey, work out, mentor students interested in avian production, be an active member of the Sioux Falls Young Professional organization, and volunteer at the local animal shelters.
If you have any questions about your flock, do not hesitate to use his skillset to help you grow the best birds possible.
• University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN, Bachelors of Arts in Animal Science with an emphasis in Dairy Production Management
• University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
• Poultry medicine – Turkey, Broilers, Layers, Pheasants, Geese, and Ducks
• Poultry management
• Poultry education
• Antibiotic Free/Raised Without Antibiotics Production
• Biosecurity Audits
• PAACO Certified/Welfare Audits
• Breeder Selection
• Genetic Selection
• Probiotic, essential oils, non-traditional poultry medicine
• Licensed in MN and WI
Robert Hoiten grew up on his family farm outside of Montrose, SD where his passion for agriculture began. He attended South Dakota State University for a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. He plans to get a Masters Degree in Monogastric Nutrition. Robert has a strong background in animal agriculture his family raises sheep and hogs. Robert started working for Sioux Nation as an intern focusing on flock management and diagnostics. Robert now works as a technical service person for poultry at Sioux Nation Ag Center. Management, nutrition, and overall bird health are his areas of expertise. Unlike many, Dr. Luke Baldwin personally trained Robert for over six months; Robert has been trained in advanced diagnostics, poultry management, and poultry diseases. Robert is committed to raising great birds in South Dakota. In his free time he enjoys attending sporting events, hunting, fishing, training hunting dogs, and being with his family.
SN Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Jon grew up in Montrose, SD where he developed an interest in business, agriculture, and technology. He studied computer information systems at Dakota State University in Madison, SD. He has been working for Sioux Nation Ag Center for the past four years; Jon is not new to Sioux Nation Ag Center. Jon’s father, Jeff Debates, has been working at Sioux Nation for 25 years. Jon has spent time within the company working many different positions really gaining insight into all the workings of the company. Most of his time in the sales division has been spent working with Hutterite Colonies in Eastern South Dakota. In his spare time he likes to watch sporting events, hang out with friends, and work on vehicles.