INDIANAPOLIS (November 28, 2017) — AgriNovus Indiana, the State’s initiative to advance the agbiosciences, is announcing new members to its board of directors: Advanced Agrilytics CEO and Managing Partner Kess Berg, Biodyne Midwest Founder and President Gil Farley and Indiana Farm Bureau President Randy Kron.
“These additions to the AgriNovus board of directors validate the commitment of leaders across the state to advance Indiana’s leadership in the agbiosciences,” Beth Bechdol, president and CEO of AgriNovus Indiana, said. “To have the state’s largest farm organization join alongside two early-stage companies focused on spatial agronomic and biological tools for producers, further demonstrates the importance of innovation and emerging technologies to production agriculture.”
Kess Berg is the CEO and managing partner of Advanced Agrilytics and Ag Ingenuity Partners, headquartered in Huntington, Ind. Created in 2014, the companies were co-founded by Berg and three partners. Berg serves as CEO of both organizations. Berg’s focus is bridging the gap between crop growth and development, soil chemical and physical properties and the general agronomic practices of the grower.
Advanced Agrilytics and Ag Ingenuity Partners are affiliated companies that specialize in the elucidation and application of spatial agronomic science and research. Advanced Agrilytics is grower-focused and provides services to the producer through digital solutions and fundamental knowledge of agronomic principles with respect to subfield environmental influences. Ag Ingenuity Partners is a spatially-focused research entity that collaborates with multiple agronomic product suppliers.
Berg received his undergraduate degree in agronomy from Ohio State University and his master’s and doctorate degrees in plant physiology and mineral nutrition from Purdue University.
Gil Farley, founder and president of Biodyne Midwest, recently transitioned from an AgriNovus Innovation Council member to Board of Directors. Launched in 2012 in Fort Wayne, Ind., Biodyne Midwest is an innovative and fast-growing environmental biotechnology company focused on using the power of beneficial microbes to enhance crop productivity and to benefit the environment in areas such as agriculture, bioremediation of contaminated soils and groundwater and wastewater treatment applications.
Farley received a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana Tech.
Randy Kron is president of the Indiana Farm Bureau and was elected president in January 2016. Indiana Farm Bureau, founded in 1919 and present in all 92 counties, is the state’s largest general farm organization and today serves “to be an effective advocate for farmers, and through its policies and programs, promote agriculture and improve the economic and social welfare of member families.”
Kron previously served as vice president of Indiana Farm Bureau. He and his wife, Joyce, farm about 2,000 acres near Evansville, raising yellow corn, white corn, soybeans and wheat. Kron has served on the Indiana Farm Bureau ELECT Oversight Committee and on the U.S. Grains Council, serving on the Biotechnology Advisory Team. Kron received his Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture economics from Purdue University.
AgriNovus is a strategic initiative that is guided by an Executive Committee and Board of Directors comprised of stakeholders from business, university, community and government leaders across Indiana’s diverse food and agricultural sector. AgriNovus is focused on advancing the sector as a nationally recognized leader through education, research and talent development; strategic collaborations among corporations, industry associations, government and universities; the creation and support of new companies; and branding and targeted promotions to elevate the sector.
About AgriNovus Indiana
AgriNovus Indiana is the state’s food and agriculture innovation initiative focused on advancing the sector as a nationally recognized leader through education, research and talent development; strategic collaborations among corporations, industry associations, government and universities; the creation and support of new companies; and branding and targeted promotions to elevate the sector. AgriNovus Indiana is part of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP), an effort dedicated to Indiana’s continued prosperity and growth. Contact AgriNovus Indiana to learn more.