Board of Directors2018-11-13T21:52:09+00:00

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Our board members are the forward-thinking leaders Indiana needs to make us the home of unparalleled agbioscience talent and innovation.

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Purdue Univeristy

JAY AKRIDGE

ProvostPurdue University + AgriNovus Board Chair

“By bringing together industry, academe, and government, AgriNovus is building the foundation for a dynamic agricultural innovation sector in Indiana – and making sure the nation and the world know that it is truly happening here. Purdue is committed to being an extraordinary partner, bringing research, intellectual property, human talent, and education in support of this innovation ecosystem.”

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Aaron Schacht

AARON SCHACHT

Executive Vice President: Innovation, Regulatory + Business DevelopmentElanco + AgriNovus Board Vice Chair

“Elanco is pleased to be a part of AgriNovus as we share the same view and values regarding the importance of innovation in agriculture as a means of contributing to sustainable food and a healthy planet. We also believe in the great potential of Indiana and the surrounding Midwest to serve as a home, catalyst and proving grounds for agbioscience innovation focused companies.”

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Scott Beck

SCOTT BECK

PresidentBeck’s Hybrids

“AgriNovus convenes a nucleus of people involved in food, agriculture, science and technology who have a desire to learn and grow people, communities and businesses in Indiana.  Being part of AgriNovus helps Beck’s contribute to and to benefit from the relationships inside and outside of agriculture.”

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Kess Berg

KESS BERG

CEO & Managing PartnerAdvanced Agrilytics & Ag Ingenuity

“The interconnection of agbiosciences is paramount given the diversity of life sciences. AgriNovus shepherds these relationships, bettering communication and technological advancement between these disciplines, with an Indiana focus. Advanced Agrilytics/Ag Ingenuity Partners supports AgriNovus due to the awareness of community they provide across the sectors of agriculture, life sciences and beyond what is traditionally thought of agriculture focused professions.”

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Suzanne Crouch

SUZANNE CROUCH

Lt. Governor | State of Indiana

“Serving as the secretary of agriculture and rural development, I know firsthand how vital it is to have partners like AgriNovus leading the way with innovative approaches to build upon our agriculture economy.”

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SHERILYN EMBERTON

President | Huntington University

“Joining AgriNovus has been a game changer in the launch of our Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies. Our staff engages in the Innovation Council and our students participate in the Agbioscience Summit and forums.”

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BRIAN EMERICK

Board Representative| Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership

“Northeast Indiana is a strong player in the Food and Agriculture industry, and we know that our strong partnership with AgriNovus allows us to showcase and grow the agbioscience assets of our region in collaboration with others throughout the state. We believe in the mission of AgriNovus, and it’s important for Northeast Indiana to be at the table participating in the promotion and expansion of our vast regional and statewide agricultural assets.”

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Gil Farley

GIL FARLEY

President | Biodyne USA

“AgriNovus provides a uniform and consistent message that showcases Indiana’s agbiosciences. On a personal level, I like the opportunity AgriNovus provides to educate the next generation on the new and exciting changes in agriculture and potential career choices that are not commonly associated with traditional agriculture.”

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Jay Hulbert

JAY HULBERT

President + CEO | Ag Alumni Seed

“Ag Alumni’s mission is to support agriculture by developing innovative technology. AgriNovus has allowed us to expand this through their advancement of the agbiosciences – including start-up assistance and ag education improvements. Indiana is done being modest! We are making our state the center of the agbiosciences for the 21st Century.”

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BILL JOHNSON

President + CEOFarm Credit Mid-America

“Farm Credit invests in AgriNovus to support rural communities and agriculture grow and prosper.  Indiana agriculture has unlimited potential and AgriNovus plays a major role in releasing that potential.”

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DAVID JOHNSON

President + CEOCentral Indiana Corporate Partnership

“Having AgriNovus advance the sector via its promotional activities, talent initiatives and networking opportunities will lead to additional growth for the agbiosciences industry. Capitalizing on this important sector not only benefits our economy, but it also helps to solve global food challenges.”

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BRUCE KETTLER

DirectorIndiana State Department of Agriculture

“Through AgriNovus, ISDA can engage in critical conversations with our industry partners about the challenges they face and how we can work together to help solve them. Part of our responsibility is to retain, expand and attract food and agricultural businesses to the state. AgriNovus is key to helping us make that happen.”

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RANDY KRON

PresidentIndiana Farm Bureau

“AgriNovus is on the cutting edge of innovation. As a farm organization, Indiana Farm Bureau needs to ensure agriculture is positioned to continue as a viable industry across Indiana.”

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GARY MORRIS

President + COOClabber Girl Corporation

“As a more than 100-year old Indiana food manufacturer, it is crucial for Clabber Girl to stay on the forefront of innovation. Partnering with AgriNovus allows us to do this through education and collaboration with other businesses, which not only prepares us for growth, but the state of Indiana as well.”

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JOHNNY PARK

CEOWabash Heartland Innovation Network

“The great success we had at Spensa wouldn’t have been possible without the help and support from the larger agbioscience community. I am grateful to have the opportunity at AgriNovus to give back and support others doing similar things here in Indiana.”

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KAREN PLAUT

Glenn W. Sample Dean of AgriculturePurdue University

“We believe that AgriNovus fosters a robust ecosystem around the state that enables Purdue to provide talent suited to industry needs, develop a start-up culture that fosters innovation and work with partners to enhance local and regional economic development in the agbiosciences.”

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MARK POESCHL

CEONational FFA Organization

“National FFA benefits in many ways from the relationships that are fostered through my involvement with AgriNovus. This engagement allows me to spread the message of Indiana economic development in the agbiosciences and, conversely, casts FFA in a light of innovation in agriculture. It’s a win-win for both of us.”

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DAVID ROBERTS

Chief Innovation OfficerIndiana Economic Development Corporation

“AgriNovus plays a critical role in the State’s strategy to advance the agbiosciences sector. AgriNovus is the go-to partner in convening the interests of the sector and continues to help advance global partnerships for the State and our agbioscience companies.”

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JANE ADE STEVENS

CEOIndiana Soybean Alliance + Indiana Corn Marketing Council

“Indiana corn and soybean farmers support AgriNovus because the organization reinforces our state’s long tradition of helping farmers and ag businesses be at the forefront of new technology. Indiana agriculture is a cornerstone of our state’s economy, and AgriNovus is helping us be a 21st Century leader.”

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ELLIE SYMES

CEO + Co-Founder | The Bee Corp

“Our company is at the crossroads of Ag and Technology. AgriNovus has been great at connecting us with organizations that play in the agbiosciences space and representing our industry as a whole.”

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TRENT TORRANCE

COO United Animal Health

“United Animal Health believes in the power of a collective voice. AgriNovus provides us an opportunity to collaborate with an outstanding leadership team and world class partners to bring awareness of modern agriculture to consumers and policymakers. Indiana is leading the way in agriculture innovation, and AgriNovus plays a critical role in bringing leaders together.”

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MICAH VINCENT

Director Indiana Office of Management and Budget

“Innovation in core Indiana industries is a key driver in diversifying and strengthening our economy. AgriNovus is positioned to facilitate that innovation in agriculture and help take Indiana to the Next Level.”

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JONATHAN WEINZAPFEL

Chancellor Ivy Tech Community College

“Ivy Tech drives workforce development in Indiana. Our partnership with AgriNovus is vital because of the important role it serves in bringing together business, higher education and entrepreneurs to promote Indiana’s agbioscience industry. Addressing workforce needs is critical to the success of this sector, and we want to help industry leaders at AgriNovus achieve that success.”

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SUSANNE WASSON

President, Crop Protection Business Platform Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont

“At Corteva Agriscience, we are focused on enriching the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come.  Being part of AgriNovus helps us collaborate within the agbiosciences industry to advance common goals and drive our industry forward.  Indiana has a great story to tell!”

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