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.