Founder & Executive Director
Forrest Lucas was born and raised in Ramsey, Indiana and still calls the state of Indiana, Home. As the oldest of four, he comes from humble beginnings. In his teens, Forrest went to work on a cattle farm in Harrison County to support his family. After graduating from high school, he took several jobs, from working in a muffler factory to hauling loads in a dump truck. Only three years after high school, he purchased his first semi-truck and began long-haul trucking. Throughout the next decade he purchased more semi-trucks and even a convenience store. Forrest met his wife Charlotte in 1979 and the couple later had a son, Morgan, whom they raised along with their children from previous relationships.
With the need to keep his trucks going down the road, Forrest developed a fascination for mixing oils and additives to improve gas mileage and overall performance in his vehicles. This would lead to the creation of several products and the incorporation of Lucas Oil Products in 1989. Over the last 25 years, Lucas Oil has grown to offer over 100 products sold in the United States and abroad. In addition to founding Lucas Oil, Forrest has been able to pursue many other successful business ventures. The most notable of these ventures can be found in the sporting world. Lucas Oil Stadium has been the home of the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League for nearly a decade, and the Lucas Oil name is prominent in the world of racing, with tracks located in California, Missouri, and Indianapolis.
Mr. Lucas' lifelong association with agriculture and his passion for our American traditions led him to found Protect The Harvest in 2011. Protect The Harvest, under Forrest Lucas’ guidance, informs and educates the public about the agenda and activities of animal and environmental extremist groups who are working to end animal agriculture, animal ownership and to restrict the rights of property owners.
Besides staying busy with his many business ventures and attending dozens of sporting events throughout the year, Forrest enjoys spending time with his family and taking care of his cattle ranch in Missouri.
Protect The Harvest Board Members
Dale Ludwig - Board President
Dale is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with degrees in animal science and agricultural economics. He is the President and Founder of Elevation Ag and the CEO of AgriNext. Over the years he has become adept at understanding the cumulative effects of market forces and government policy upon business practices. He has led many efforts focused on creating partnerships and navigating among federal and state organizations. Dale is also owns and operates farms in southeast and central Missouri. He grows soybeans, corn, wheat, and raises beef cattle. He and his wife reside near Linn, Missouri with their three children.
Awards and Accomplishments:
- Executive Director/CEO of the Missouri Soybean Association (1992-2013)
- Vice President of the University of Missouri Ag Foundation
- Treasurer of Missouri Farmers Care
- Past Chairman of the Missouri 4-H Foundation and key member for over 25 years
- Past President of the Missouri Dairy Growth Council
- Chairman Emeritus of the Missouri Biotechnology Association
- President of the MU Alumni Association (2001-2002)
- Past President of the Missouri Ag Research Council
- Past President of the St. Louis Agri-Business Club
- First ever recipient of the MU Tiger Pride Award
- MU’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Alumnus of the Year
- 2007 Agribusiness Leader of the Year (National Agri-Marketing Association)
Glen graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Animal Science. He has owned and operated his own family farms in Pennsylvania (1961-1966) and Missouri (1993-present). He was a Missouri State Senator for the 12th district in 1993-1994. He then took office as a Missouri State Representative from 2010-2012.
Past chairman of:
- Beef Board Operating Committee (1990-1991
- Beef Board Producers Communications Committee (1987, 1992)
- Beef Board Research Committee (1988-1989)
- American Polled Hereford Association (1983)
- Director, National Cattleman’s Association (1984-1990)
- NCA Membership Committee (1987-1989)
- NCA Priority Issues Committee (1988-1989)
- NCA Planning & Implementation Committee (1989-1990).
- Honorary Alumnus, University of Missouri School of Agriculture
- Outstanding Ag Alumnus from Penn State University
- E.O. of American Chianina Association (2000-2009)
- Presidential appointment to Federal Ag. Mortgage Corporation Board, Chairman Public Policy Committee, Corporate Governance Committee, Compensation Committee, and Credit Committee (2003-2009)
- Missouri Seedstock Producer of the Year
- Livestock Man of the Year in Missouri
- “Mr. Ag” at Penn State University
- Partner and operator at Glenkirk Farms in Missouri (1966-1993)
- Judged national cattle shows for 9 breeds along with regional and state shows in the United States and on four continents
- Hosted as many as 3,000 visitors annually to his family farm
Theresa McMahan - Board Secretary
Theresa is the Program Manager for Protect The Harvest and Lucas Oil Products, Inc. and has been with the company since 2013. Her educational background is in the veterinary technician field, and she has been working with animals in multiple occupations since 2006. She is married and her husband has been in law enforcement since 2008. Her family raises cattle and they enjoy horseback riding in their spare time. In addition to her commitment to animal welfare, she enjoys hiking, spending time with her family, and attending her local Baptist church.
Jim has a long history in both agriculture and animal ownership, as well as business management and strategy. This experience includes being a cattle rancher, cutting horse breeder and competitor, as well as a 30-year background in all aspects of business operation and leadership.
Jim is the current President & CEO of Outdoor Cap Company. Prior to this, Jim served as Chairman & CEO of Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR), EVP/President of Retail Services of Sears Holdings Corporation, and Chairman, President, & CEO of Chia Tai Enterprises Intl. LTD. CP Lotus. Additionally, Jim spent 20 years with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., holding various positions culminating in Executive Vice President & COO.
Jim currently serves as a Member of the Board of Directors at Conn's Home Plus, and a Member of the Board of Directors at Western Sports Foundation. True to his roots, Jim is on the Finance Committee as well as the Long-Range Planning Committee for the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA).
Jim and his wife, Kathy, have three children and seven grandchildren.
Mike Siemens, Ph.D.
Dr. Siemens was raised on a diversified farming operation in Northern Indiana. Dr. Siemens obtained his B.S. from Purdue University and his M.S. & PhD from the University of Missouri.
Following his time at the University of Missouri Dr. Siemens took a tenured faculty position with the University of Wisconsin as their State Beef Cattle Specialist. Following his 10 years at the University of Wisconsin he then took a position with Smithfield Foods, Inc. as their Director of Integrated Meat Technology where he was responsible for animal welfare oversight.
In 2006, Dr. Siemens and his family moved to Wichita, Kansas where he joined Cargill as their Global Leader - Animal Welfare and Husbandry. In this role, Dr. Siemens oversaw all animal welfare efforts for the Global meat businesses.
In 2017, Dr. Siemens joined Arrowsight Inc. as their Sr Vice President - Global Animal Welfare Officer where he works with major food companies to help them enhance their efforts in the areas of animal welfare and husbandry.
Dr. Siemens is or has been a member of the Animal Welfare Committees for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Pork Board, and the North American Meat Institute where he was a past committee chairman. Dr. Siemens has been a member of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef and also advised the US and Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. He currently serves or has served on numerous animal welfare advisory boards in North America for companies and organizations in the animal protein industry.
Dr. Siemens is married to Dr. Angie Siemens, Cargill Vice President – Food Safety, Quality and Regulatory. They have one son Nicholas, a student at Kansas State University.