Ryan has twenty-two years of commercial turkey production experience. He grew up on a swine and beef farm in southern Indiana. After graduating from Purdue University with a bachelor of applied science in animal agribusiness, he returned to southern Indiana to join Farbest Farms working in technical service for six years. He then became a contract grower for them for the next 10 years and later managed Farbest’s nighttime live turkey loading operations. In 2018, he managed River View Farm’s Live Production in Orleans, Indiana where he was responsible for all aspects for the production of 225,000 turkeys, and also managed the new construction of several cage-free pullet and layer houses.
Ryan currently chairs the Indiana Turkey Market Development Council and will soon be PAACO certified for all poultry species.