The fourteenth class of the Indiana Agricultural Leadership Program has graduated and now AgrIInstitute’s next class gets ready for the two year program. ALP has been cultivating ag leaders for Indiana for a long time, and executive director Beth Archer says the mission now is much the same as it was in 1984.
“We want to build a very strong network of individuals who serve agriculture in leadership roles. We wanted to make sure they were well grounded with a strong knowledge of the issues that affected the industry. We wanted them to continue to grow their leadership capacity so they could be good decision makers and policy influencers.”
Archer said there was an emphasis 28 years ago to get a great start for the Agricultural Leadership Program by enrolling a top flight group. You only need to hear a few names to know they had an impressive first class.
Archer told HAT those names include “people like Bill Biddle with Biddle Seeds; Kay Whitehead with Seldom Rest Farms; Jim Moseley who has done tremendous leadership in DC as well as here in the state; Don Villwock, President of Indiana Farm Bureau; Alan Kemper, who has done a lot of national work on behalf of corn and soybean growers in Indiana and the U.S. And the list just continues to grow in terms of where those individuals have applied their knowledge, their skills and made a difference for agriculture.”
Class 15 follows the usual path of a very diverse group representing all aspects of agriculture.
“It’s everything from sod farming to poultry production to our traditional grains crops, corn and soybeans, animal agriculture. It includes those who are involved in legal and financial services for the industry.”
Class members also come from state and local government, extension and education. They will begin their journey in July, and the recruitment process for class 16 begins next summer. Hear more in the full HAT interview[audio:http://www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/05/Beth-Archer-on-ALP-Class-15.mp3|titles=Beth Archer on ALP Class 15] and learn more at AgrIInstitute.org.
ALP Class 15 includes:
Cynthia Adam, Goshen, Knollbrook Farm and Clincical Dietitian, IU Health -Goshen;
Cheyanne Allen, Hagerstown, Beef Marketing Asst., Unison Resource Company;
Patrick Bell, Zionsville, Sr. Product Manager US Turf & Ornamental, Dow AgroSciences;
Jim Bishop, Greenfield, Dist. Sales Mgr. US Poultry, Elanco Animal Health;
Lynn Campbell, Pittsboro, Personal Marketing Mgr. Cargill;
Chad Cass, Ladoga, Sales Specialists, Ceres Solutions
Amy Cornell, Program Manager of Regulatory Affairs for the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.
Shannon Dalton, Washington, Alcohol/Utilities Div. Superintendent, Grain Processing Corp.;
Scott Gabbard, Shelbyville, Ag NR Educator, Shelby County Purdue University Extension;
Cody Gault, Greensburg, Crop Insurance Specialists, Farm Credit Services of Mid-America;
Aaron Grant, Indianapolis, Assoc. Attorney, Ice Miller LLP;
Todd Greenwood, Plainfield, Dir. Of Corporate Contributions, National FFA Foundation;
Bethany Gremel, Noblesville, Human Resources Manager, Beck’s Superior Hybrids;
Nikki Hall, Carmel, District Sales Mgr., Dow AgroSciences;
Aaron Howell, Middletown, Howell Farms;
Todd Janzen, Indianapolis, Partner, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP;
Jeffrey Jones, Fishers, Ext. Educator, 4-H Youth, Marion County Purdue University Extension;
Clark Jordan, Richmond, Jordan Farms;
Kari Keller-Steele, Connersville, Ag Environmental Systems;
Danica Kirkpatrick, Veedersburg, Engagement Program Mgr, College of Ag, Purdue University;
Courtney Knupp, Indianapolis, Sr. Marketing Assoc., Elanco Animal Health;
Ryan Law, Pendleton, Commercial Manager, Bunge NA;
Cary Mawbey, Kokomo, Sr. Commercial/Ag Lender, First Farmers Bank & Trust;
Adam Myers, Brownstown, Myers Sod Farm;
Tamilee Nennich, Lafayette, Asst. Prof/Extension Dairy Specialist, Purdue University;
Jiqin Ni, West Lafayette, Asst. Prof, Dept. of Ag and Biological Engineering, Purdue University;
Jamie Price, Lizton, Commodity Statistician, USDA, NASS, Indiana Field Office;
Eric Reed, Haubstadt Relationship Manager, Rabo Agrifinance;
Andrew Utterback, Brownsburg, Field Agent, National Starch; and
David Wyeth, North Salem Dave Wyeth Farms.[audio:http://www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/05/Beth-Archer-ALP-update.mp3|titles=Beth Archer ALP update]