Our Team

Beth Bechdol is the President and CEO of AgriNovus Indiana. In this role, she has led the effort to bring stakeholders together to plan and launch the new organization and now provides strategic leadership to AgriNovus Indiana. Beth also serves as Ice Miller’s Director of Agribusiness Strategies.

Beth was the former deputy director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA). As the deputy director of the first-ever ISDA, she had an integral role in establishing the agency and crafting the strategic plan for Indiana agriculture put forward by Governor Mitch Daniels. Her dedication to public service in agriculture and her extensive trade and farm policy experience also extends to Washington, D.C. where she served in key roles at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and on the Senate Agriculture Committee under Indiana Senator Richard G. Lugar.

Beth began her career working with large agribusiness companies in the Washington office of Sparks Companies, Inc. (now Informa Economics). As a vice president in the firm, she assisted clients in understanding critical agriculture issues such as biotechnology, changing farm structure, global trade, federal farm policy, risk management tools, among other major trends.

Beth received her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University in international law and international affairs. She completed her master’s degree at Purdue University in agricultural economics. She was raised and lives today on her family’s corn and soybean farm in Auburn, Indiana.

 

Libby Fritz Agrinovus Indiana

Libby Fritz is the Communications & Stakeholder Engagement Manager of AgriNovus Indiana. In this role, she leads all media relations, communications, and event development for AgriNovus Indiana.

Libby was previously the ag communications manager for the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center, where she worked on several projects for exhibitor and guest relations, including new initiatives that increased the exhibitor experience. She also used her extensive agriculture background to build the ag industry and ag media relations for the Fairgrounds year-round.

Libby began her career at the Indiana State Department of Agriculture where she served as the point person to the Director for ag companies, organizations and staff. Previously, she also assisted with Kelsay Farm Tours and Vines of Mendoza, where she coordinated and hosted two international wine conferences.

Libby received her bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in agricultural communications. She was raised and is still involved with her family’s corn, soybean and popcorn farm in Winamac, Ind.

Dan Dawes Agrinovus Indiana

Dan Dawes is the Senior Director for Strategy and Innovation of AgriNovus Indiana. In this consulting role, he leads several projects including the ongoing talent and workforce development assessment, oversight of the Innovation Councils, and development of the agbiosciences sector.

Dan was previously with DuPont Crop Protection and is recognized as a leader in business with a unique combination of experience in roles within project management, marketing and sales. As the Business Unit Leader, he had profit responsibility for company assets aimed at meeting customer needs in crops grown in the Midwestern US leading 80+ members of the Sales Teams and Marketing Managers focused on the value chain throughout the geography. Dan was especially noted for his cross functional efforts to collaborate with the seed unit in generating growth strategies for the company. In 2012, Dan and his team were awarded a Corporate Marketing and Sales Achievement Award for their innovative work.

Dan received his bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in Agriculture with an emphasis on Ag Economics. He grew up on a dairy and grain farm in Wabash, Ind.