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Board of Directors

We are led by major players in food and ag industries, representing leading companies, education, commodity groups, energy, and economic development organizations.

Officers

judd O'Connor headshot

Judd O’Connor

Chairman

President of U.S. Commercial Business

Corteva Agriscience

Cory Reed

Cory Reed

Vice Chair

President, President, Ag & Turf Division: Production & Precision Agriculture, Americas and Australia

Deere and Company

Wendy Wintersteen

Dr. Wendy Wintersteen

Secretary

President

Iowa State University

Gage Kent

Gage Kent

Past Chairman

Chairman & CEO

Kent Corporation

Kathryn Kunert

Kathryn Kunert

VP, Economic Connections and Integration

MidAmerican Energy Company

Charles Sukup

Charles Sukup

Past Chairman

Chairman & President

Sukup Manufacturing


Directors

Jay Byers

Jay Byers

Chief Executive Officer

Greater Des Moines Partnership

Dan Culhane

Dan Culhane

President & CEO

Ames Chamber/AEDC

Nate Green

Nate Green

Director, Corporate Business Development & Senior Corporate Counsel

Renewable Energy Group, Inc.

Craig Hill

Craig Hill

President

Iowa Farm Bureau Federation

Jerry Maier

Jerry Maier

Director

Iowa Corn Promotion Board

Lucas Nelson, MedPharm Iowa

Lucas Nelson

General Manager

MedPharm Iowa

Kevin Rasmussen, IPPA

Kevin Rasmussen

Board Member

Iowa Pork Producers Association

Chad Surprenant

Chad Surprenant

President & CEO

ISG


Delegates

Jane Bachmann

Jane Bachmann

Leader, Global Commercial and North America Communications

Corteva Agriscience

Brenda Dryer

Brenda Dryer

Senior Vice President

Ames Chamber of Commerce

Rich Dwyer

Rich Dwyer

President

Kent Nutrition Group Feed Division

Martin Haverly

Dr. Martin Haverly

Manager of Process Development Engineering

Renewable Energy Group

Derek Johnson

Derek Johnson

Executive Vice President

ISG

David Maahs

David Maahs

EVP, Economic Development

Greater Des Moines Partnership

Pat McGonegle

Pat McGonegle

CEO

Iowa Pork Producers Association

Stacey Pellett

Stacey Pellett

Manager - State Public Affaris

Deere and Company

Daniel Robison

Dr. Daniel Robison

Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Iowa State University

Rodney Williamson

Rodney Williamson

Director of Research and Development

Iowa Corn Growers Association

Dr. Andrew Yersin

Dr. Andrew Yersin

Sr. Vice President, Quality Assurance & Monogastric Technical Service


Advisors

Debi Durham

Debi Durham

Director

Iowa Economic Development Authority

Dr. Martin Gross

Dr. Martin Gross

President & Founder

Gross-Wen Technologies

Mapes

Ame Mapes

Associate

Belin McCormick Law

Mike Naig

Mike Naig

Secretary of Agriculture

State of Iowa

Steve Zumbach

Steve Zumbach

Attorney

Belin McCormick