Lafayette, IN (February 11, 2019) - Chuck Schneider, Regional Business Development Manager for AgVenture, Inc. has been elected as the president of the Indiana Crop Improvement Association (ICIA). Schneider has served in leadership roles with the ICIA during the past four years. He has served on the Board of Directors and as an Executive Board Member prior to being elected as president at the organization’s Corn Belt Seed Conference held Feb. 5-7 in Indianapolis.
For over 100 years, ICIA has been a leader in seed certification, seed quality testing, genetic testing and research. ICIA, a non-profit, self-supporting agency, exists to deliver unbiased, needed services to their member customers across a diverse spectrum of seed related industries.
“This organization provides cutting-edge resources, timely testing and the science-based acuity so many companies need to be effective for their customers," Schneider says. "Their service is the strength behind many of the advancements we make and the opportunities those provide farmers across the state and beyond."
Schneider brings more than 27 years of seed industry leadership to the role. During his one-year term, Schneider will lead the organization through some major changes.
“With the pending retirement of long-time CEO, Alan Galbreth, the Board has begun the search for his replacement," Schneider says. “In addition, we look to keep the organization fiscally strong while positioning us to advance our capabilities for the future with personnel, infrastructure, and the technologies necessary. We will continue to advance our goals – providing responsive, reliable and experienced support to each of our member clients.”
ICIA members represent a broad array of companies involved in many aspects of the seed business, grain companies, food and related industries.
“It’s an amazing opportunity to witness these many entities come together to work with ICIA," Schneider adds. "The resources they provide through their many services provide the highest standards of quality, accuracy and consistency that allow all of us to do our jobs better and be more effective for our customers. ICIA has what it takes – attention to detail, knowledge, and experience required to help us help farmers feed the world.”
ICIA is dedicated to improving productivity, profitability and the competitive position of ICIA members by providing services to producers, conditioners, and distributors of plant products enabling them to provide high quality plant products to Indiana, the United States, and the world.
AgVenture, Inc. is the nation’s largest network of independently owned regional seed companies. Based in Johnston, IA, AgVenture provides this growing network of independently owned and managed seed business owners with seed products meeting exacting standards for quality, together with leading-edge genetics and technology. Since 1983, this unique marketing approach has allowed each individual company to match the hybrids it sells to the specific needs of the geographical area it serves. Combined with professional seed representation at a local level, AgVenture strives to help every grower realize more profit from every field.