With a customized plan, Summit SmartFarms addresses your biggest challenges in labor and technology so you can equip your team and optimize your business performance.

Summit SmartFarms is focused on providing decision-ready information to production agriculture. Established in 2019, we are the newest company under the Bahler Group umbrella that also includes FBi Buildings, Summit Livestock, The Aspen Group, and Heartland Builders.

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Ed Bahler

CEO

Ed graduated from Purdue University in 1979 with a B.S. in Agricultural/Civil Engineering. He’s passionate about leveraging technology through lean processes to get everyone home safe, significantly reduce waste, improve quality and enhance value to each customer. Ed is also passionate about developing next-generation designs and facilitating the construction of humane, sustainable and industry-leading protein production facilities that feed the world.

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Jonathon Hoek

President

Jon Hoek was raised in the south suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, where his grandfather inspired him to pursue a career in agriculture. He earned a degree in Agricultural Production with a concentration in Swine Management.

For ten years, Jon and his family owned and operated a farrow to finish swine enterprise. Jon worked at Belstra Milling Company for 20 years in a variety of roles, concluding as Vice President of Pig Production. He co-founded Summit SmartFarms with Ed Bahler in 2019 to service the protein industry as a people-centric innovation broker, developing and assembling technologies for result optimization.

Jon has lectured on the topics of pig production efficiency and agri-tourism both domestically and internationally. He has four children and two grandchildren with his wife, Laureen. Jon enjoys outdoor activities, reading, going to church, and spending time with his family.

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Valerie Duttlinger

Chief Analytics Officer

Valerie grew up on a farrow to finish seedstock farm near Santa Claus, Indiana and attended Purdue University where she majored in Animal Science. Upon graduation she returned to the family farm where she was part of the operation until June 2016 and began with Swine Management Services in Fremont, Nebraska as a Production Analyst until October of 2019. Valerie has traveled throughout the country and in Asia working on farms with producers in many capacities from production training, employee management, and data analysis.

Valerie and her husband Ben still reside near Santa Claus with their two sons, Blake and Jace. Valerie enjoys working with producers and their teams to continue to improve performance and efficiency doing what is right for the animals and the people.

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Bonnie Osowski

QPS Manager

Bonnie is a documentation specialist, a technical writer, an operational auditor, and a productivity enthusiast contributing over 30 years of continuous improvement by means of standardizing processes. While at Lockheed Martin as a corporate internal auditor, she designed, documented and executed production engineering processes and audit programs to demonstrate the required 98% data accuracy during their initial MRP implementation and to be certified as ISO 9000 compliant. In 2005 after relocating from Colorado, Bonnie teamed up with FBi Buildings’ IT programmers to initiate the Quality Performance System (QPS). The QPS database serves multiple companies by tracking document status and revisions of over 4,600 documents. Finalized documents are published to companies’ customer portal via SharePoint to provide confidential and proprietary access.

Bonnie grew up on her family’s grain farm near Brook, IN, in which her son continues to operate, serves on the board of directors of Brook Community Bank, serves as the financial secretary for her church, and she is a hands-on, play in the dirt gardening enthusiast, wife, mom, and grandma.

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Sarah Babulic

Operations Logistics Coordinator

Sarah Babulic brings to the Summit team 15 years of pig production and management experience. Sarah grew up on a farrow to finish swine farm. She is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s in Human Resources Management. She has served on the non-profit board for the Pig Adventure at Fair Oaks Farms.

Sarah and her husband live in Valparaiso, IN with their two children. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her kids, outdoor activities, and traveling.

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Nathan Doss

Customer Success Specialist

My name is Nathan Doss. I grew up on a small family farm in North Central Kansas. I also worked at 2500 head farrowing operations while helping on my family’s farm. I used my experiences working at the sow farm to create a great project for FFA. In 2011, I was National Proficiency Finalist in Swine Placement in Indianapolis, Indiana at the National FFA Convention. With my passion for the industry, I decided to pursue a degree at Kansas State University.  In 2017 I graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Animal Science and a minor in Agricultural Business. I have over 8 years of experience in commercial swine production and 4 years in the swine genetics business with DNA Swine Genetics. I reside in Columbus, NE, with my wife Amanda and daughter Emery. My hobbies include camping with my family, watching dirt track racing, hunting, fishing, and golfing. I love the swine industry and helping feed the world!

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Carson Bakker

Field Installation Specialist

My name is Carson Bakker. I am 21 years old and recently just graduated from Ivy Tech, with an associate degree in business. I grew up in southwest Minnesota for the first 15 years of my life and then moved to northern Indiana. Growing up I enjoyed working for several pig and cattle farmers, playing sports, and doing other outdoor activities. During high school I dedicated a lot of time to sports and was able to participate in several state meets in track and cross country. During the summers and falls, I managed a small gamebird farm and still do this in my spare time.

Since graduating high school, I have been working part-time and going to school full time.  While at school I was working for a biomedical pig farm and a manure management company. I am looking forward to working for Summit and am ready for the start of my career here.