Judd O'Connor

Judd O’Connor, Corteva Agriscience, will serve as chair for 2020-21 leadership term

DES MOINES, IOWA – America’s Cultivation Corridor announced today its new slate of board officers for the 2020-21 leadership term. Judd O’Connor, President, U.S. Commercial Business, Corteva Agriscience, will serve as the chair of the board of directors. Cory Reed, President, Worldwide Agriculture & Turf Division, John Deere, will serve as vice-chair; and Dr. Wendy Wintersteen, President of Iowa State University, will serve as secretary.

Terms for new officers began at the Corridor’s Jan. 28, 2020, board meeting. Charles Sukup, CEO and President of Sukup Manufacturing Co., completed his term as chair and will serve as past chair for the 2020-21 leadership term.

World class innovation and global leadership come together to make America’s Cultivation Corridor the premier region for agricultural bioscience research, development and entrepreneurship. Investors and partners in the Corridor are working together to accelerate the development of new technologies, strengthen Iowa’s ag bioscience workforce, attract economic development, and connect the state’s leadership and resources with the world.

“The innovation needed to sustainably meet the needs of the world is taking place right now in America’s Cultivation Corridor,” said O’Connor. “Iowa is recognized around the globe as a leader in agriculture and agbioscience, and the Corridor plays a key role in connecting Iowa’s world-class talent with researchers, entrepreneurs, farmers and industry leaders to accelerate global innovation.”

Stakeholder organizations of the Cultivation Corridor include Iowa State University, Corteva Agriscience, Deere & Company, Greater Des Moines Partnership, Iowa Pork Producers, Kent Corporation, MidAmerican Energy, Ames Economic Development Corporation, Iowa Corn Promotion Board, Iowa Farm Bureau, ISG, Kemin, Land O’Lakes, Inc., REG, and Sukup Manufacturing, Co.

Iowa’s agriculture industry includes global leaders in all sectors — advanced manufacturing, agricultural processing, animal health, biobased processing and fuels, plant sciences, predictive agriculture and more — as well as start-up companies with new technologies that will boost productivity, animal care and sustainability for farmers in Iowa and around the world.

More information is available at CultivationCorridor.org, or by following on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook.

America’s Cultivation Corridor — Where Science Feeds the World!
Focused on further developing and marketing the world-renowned agricultural and bioscience economy in Iowa, America’s Cultivation Corridor is building on a rich history of innovation to accelerate value-added agriculture business development by attracting companies, talent and capital from across the globe to the state. Representing a diverse public-private coalition of stakeholders including the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Ames Chamber of Commerce, Iowa State University, nonprofits and private sector companies from across the region and state, the Cultivation Corridor is one of the nation’s foremost cluster-based economic development organizations. For more information, visit CultivationCorridor.org.