Cory Reed Will Serve as Chairman of Board
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Cory Reed, John Deere, serve as chair for 2022-23 term

DES MOINES, IOWA – America’s Cultivation Corridor announced today its new slate of board officers for the 2022-23 leadership term. Cory Reed, President, Worldwide Agriculture & Turf Division, John Deere, will serve as chair of the board of directors. Kevin Rasmussen, Owner of Owl Lake Production Company and board member of the Iowa Pork Producers Association, 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. 18, 2022, board meeting. Judd O’Connor, President, U.S. Commercial Business, Corteva Agriscience, completed his term as chair and will serve as past chair for the 2022-23 leadership term.

America’s Cultivation Corridor is the premier region for agricultural bioscience research, development and entrepreneurship thanks to world-class innovation and global leadership of Iowa’s individuals, organizations and companies. 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. 

“Iowa’s leadership in agriculture, food and ag bioscience is unique and unmatched,” said Reed. “When you combine the innovation in all sectors with forward-thinking farmers and livestock producers and the leadership of Iowa State University, it creates incredible momentum toward solving the challenges ahead.” 

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, Hy-Vee, Iowa Corn Promotion Board, ISG, Kemin, REG, Scoular 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. 

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About America’s Cultivation Corridor

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 Iowa State University, Greater Des Moines Partnership, Ames Chamber of Commerce, 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 


Billi Hunt, executive director

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Published January 2022. 

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