Jeanne Bernick

Principal

Kansas City, KS

8801 Renner Blvd., Suite 100 Lenexa, KS 66219

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As a principal, Jeanne leads the firm’s market and growth strategies in food and agriculture. Jeanne matches the needs of large commercial producers with K·Coe Isom’s talent and tools, facilitating healthy, growing farm operations that are sustainable for generations to come. She offers a depth of industry insights and works alongside producers to zero-in on solutions to keep ag operations thriving.

Utilizing her first-hand perspective and professional knowledge in working with family business owners, Jeanne intricately understands the needs and many roles that family business and non-family members play. Jeanne has been recognized for her outstanding achievement in family enterprise advising, and holds a Certificate in Family Business Advising (CFBA).

Throughout her 20-years at Farm Journal Media, Jeanne developed long-standing relationships with large commercial ag producers and their families, sitting at their kitchen tables, watching their families grow, seeing the kids take over the operation, and witnessing businesses fail and succeed.

Over her distinguished career, Jeanne became one of the top editors in ag media. An editor and award-winning writer, she grew Top Producer magazine into the leading industry brand, creating authoritative coverage on key aspects of agriculture and launching national events to connect farmers with their peer groups.

Traveling nationally and internationally, she wrote thousands of stories that captured the trials and triumphs of the farmers who feed the world. Her achievements include:

  • Establishing a national women’s ag conference that provides a community for women to find resources and network with like-minded business owners.
  • Creating Top Producer Executive Network (TPEN), the first, national, peer-to-peer network for ag producers. TPEN gives farmers opportunities to consult with one another on business ideas, share financials, and help each other grow based on real-world experience.
  • Covering ag industry topics in rural America and places as far flung as Africa, where ag potential is enormous, yet population hunger and basic needs are overwhelming. From this experience, she gained new perspectives on ag industry efficiencies.

From childhood, Jeanne has walked in the shoes of ag producers. While her friends were playing during summer break, she was rounding up cattle with her family on their ranch in Southern Missouri. After college, Jeanne left the family farm for the big city. As fate would have it, she ended up returning to farms across America, spending many hours in a truck, driving dirt roads, visiting, listening, and learning all about who ag producers are, and what they need. Their stories have shaped her, and they fuel her passion for connecting ag producers with the right business resources to sustain their long-term livelihood.

Practice Areas

  • Food & Ag, Commodity Crops, Animal Ag, Permanent & Specialty Crops

Education

  • B.S, agricultural journalism, University of Missouri

Credentials

  • Certificate in Family Business Advising (CFBA)

Professional Associations

  • American Ag Editors Association
  • American Society of Agricultural Consultants

Civic Associations

  • Beta Sigma Phi International
  • Parent Teachers Association

Personal

  • Enjoys practicing yoga, reading, riding horses, gardening, being outdoors and raising three daughters
  • Into travel, cooking, and is an ardent horse racing enthusiast

Mentions and articles by Jeanne

Focus Your Family Business on Its Legacy this Holiday Season

Jeanne Bernick | November 21, 2018

By Jeanne Bernick, K·Coe Isom Market Strategist and Certified Family Business Advisor For many of you the stress of harvest season is over and now you enter a new season in family business: the holidays! As if working with family […]

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5 Things to Mitigate Farm Risk During Natural Disaster

Jeanne Bernick | September 15, 2018

As the nation watches the ongoing punch from Hurricane Florence (now a tropical storm) as it has been dumping rain for days and causing catastrophic storm surges, all eyes have been on an area just inland from the North Carolina coast, where there are more […]

Four Principals Announced as Instrumental Leaders in Firm’s Growth Strategy

K·Coe Editorial | April 1, 2018

K·Coe Isom announced the appointment of four firm leaders as principals: Jeanne Bernick, Danielle McCormick, Justin Mentele, and Chris Pfannenstiel. Commenting on the promotions, K·Coe Isom CEO Jeff Wald said, “Jeanne, Danielle, Justin and Chris provide the expertise that will […]