Aissa Good

Aissa Good

Commercial Agriculture, Purdue University

Aissa Good serves as managing director for the Center for Food and Agricultural Business and as business development manager and managing director for the Center for Commercial Agriculture in the Department of Agricultural Economics. In this role, she oversees daily operations, identifies engagement opportunities, manages client and sponsor relationships and designs/implements professional development programs for farmers and agribusiness managers both domestically and overseas.

More specifically, Aissa cultivates client relationships and leads curriculum development in collaboration with client management and program faculty. Projects under her direction range from multi-session business management development programs to workshops enhancing key account management and market strategy planning skills of field sales and marketing personnel. She has worked with highly successful agribusiness firms and industry associations and understands the challenges that both small and large companies face in developing their future leaders.

Aissa holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business from Middle Tennessee State University, a masters of science in agricultural economics from Purdue University and MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. She and her husband Ryan have two boys, Blaine and Brecken, and she spends most of her spare time at athletic events and 4-H activities.

Ernie Chappell

Ernie Chappell is the Founder and President of EFC Systems, a solution provider to Agribusiness. EFC Systems was founded in Texas in 1988 to develop ERP solutions focused on managerial insights and entered the ag sector in 1991. The company has more than 150 people focused on advancing farm profitability and empowering retail service providers to be more efficient and digitally partner with their growers. He resides in the Nashville area with his wife and three teenage boys.

EFC Systems is now part of Ever.Ag, a 500-person global ag tech powerhouse empowering the supply chain to feed a growing world. 

Jim Fargo

Jim Fargo

Integrated Agribusiness Professionals 

Jim Started his Ag career in 1996 working for Centennial Ag Supply in Kersey, Colorado. After starting as a dispatcher for the Colorado retailer, Jim held and several key management roles and became well known within Agriculture and the IAP community as an owner/member in the organization. After gaining years of SH&E experience at the local retail level and earning the National Environmental respect award twice in back to back years Fargo spent working at Nutrien Ag Solutions as the Western U.S. Environmental Health and Safety manager before joining IAP as President. Jim has 27 years of experience in retail ag, he and his IAP team supports 32 independent retailers with 362 retail locations across the U.S. with their crop inputs.   

Integrated Agribusiness Professionals is a national agricultural cooperative with global affiliation that gives like-minded retailers a place to network and associate. IAP provides a unified platform that delivers to its owners the services, key supplier relationships, access to innovation and competitive positions to enhance their position as market influencers.   

 

 

Dr. James Budzynski

Dr. James Budzynski

MacroGain Partners

Dr. James Budzynski is the Managing Principal of MacroGain Partners, a Carmel, Indiana firm which provides strategic planning and management consulting services. He has provided strategic counsel to dozens of agrifood businesses, from start-ups to major multinationals, and frequently provides strategic technology and market sector assessments. He has helped many companies fine tune their business strategy and identify optimal private equity or venture capital partners. He is a well-known strategic thinker in the agri-business sector and has published numerous articles and delivered keynote speeches at leading conferences nationwide. His current focus is on speaking and writing to help to re-define the strategic direction of American agriculture for the post-Covid era.

Amy Winstead

Amy Winstead

GreenPoint Ag

Amy Winstead is the Vice President of Business Innovation and Agronomy for GreenPoint Ag Holdings, LLC a joint venture between Alabama Farmers Cooperative, Tennessee Farmers Cooperative and Winfield Solutions. In this role she leads GreenPoint Ag’s IT and Business Systems and the Agronomy and Ag Technology offerings for Alabama Farmers Cooperative, Tennessee Farmers Cooperative and GreenPoint Ag retail locations.  Prior to joining GreenPoint Ag, Amy was the Chief Technology Officer for Agri-AFC, LLC and worked for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System as an Extension Agent with statewide responsibilities for Precision Agriculture.  She received her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Agronomy and Soils with a Precision Agriculture emphasis from Auburn University. Amy currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Ag Data Coalition. She and her husband Matt reside in north Alabama with their two sons.  

GreenPoint Ag Holdings, LLC is a joint venture between Alabama Farmers Cooperative, Tennessee Farmers Cooperative and WinField United. WinField is an entity of Land O’Lakes. GreenPoint Ag provides competitively priced crop inputs and premier agronomy, product application and ag technology offerings, backed by almost 90 years’ legacy of customer service and expertise. GreenPoint Ag is headquartered in Decatur, Alabama and serves growers in Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, and the Florida Panhandle. 

Kelly Farrell

Kelly Farrell

Farrell Growth Group

Kelly Farrell is a CPA with 25 years of experience, primarily in agribusiness. Kelly graduated from Iowa State University with honors in December 1995 and worked one year in public accounting with a Des Moines, Iowa CPA firm. In 1997 she moved to Kansas City and took a position as an accountant with WILFARM, LLC. During her relatively brief tenure at WILFARM, Kelly was promoted to the position of lead accountant for the newly formed seed distribution business and worked with other departments to develop a system of accounting for seed. When WILFARM became Agriliance, Kelly worked briefly as operations manager at Agwizard.com, managing their tank monitoring service until accepting the opportunity to join Farrell Growth Group in January of 2001.

As a partner at FGG, Kelly worked to develop MIX which has become the premier financial statement benchmarking program in the agricultural retail industry. Through the MIX program and FGG’s peer to peer groups, Kelly spends the majority of her time working with the best ag retailers in the industry in order to assist them in improving their financial performance.

Kelly also works on other consulting projects and with the other FGG partners as they assist retailers in buying and selling businesses. Kelly serves on ARA’s Member Services Committee and the Agribusiness Association of Iowa’s Legislative Committee. She is a graduate of Kansas Ag Retailers Association’s Tomorrow’s Agribusiness Leaders (TAL) program. Additionally, Kelly serves on the boards of Premier Crop Systems and the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City.

Farrell Growth Group (FGG) is an agribusiness consulting firm founded in 1997 comprised of top quality professionals. We work with only the very best companies in the segments of agribusiness we serve. Services include general agribusiness consulting, an extensive financial benchmarking service to ag retailers and business brokerage with complete mergers and acquisitions services. FGG also facilitates two peer-to-peer groups of top ag retailers in the US and Canada.

Ryan Klaveano

Ryan Klaveano

Wilbur-Ellis Ag Division

Klaveano is the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for the Wilbur-Ellis Ag Division located in Aurora, Colorado. He oversees sales and marketing activities for the retail and wholesale businesses in the United States.  He joined Wilbur-Ellis in January, 2015. 

Klaveano has focused on sales and marketing roles his entire 25+ years in the ag industry. He launched his career in 1994 with Ciba-Geigy (later Syngenta) after completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Idaho.  He touched all aspects of Syngenta’s businesses including crop protection, seeds, and seed treatment.  His Syngenta career in the US took him to South Dakota, North Carolina, Tennessee, Minnesota, the Pacific Northwest, and overseas to Switzerland.  

Ryan grew up on a cereals farm in eastern Washington and has a lifelong passion for agriculture. He holds his undergraduate degree from the University of Idaho and an MBA from Purdue University.   

Dr. Jeff Bunting

Dr. Jeffrey A. Bunting

GROWMARK

Bunting is currently the Vice President of Crop Protection Division Manager at GROWMARK. He has been in the Division since January of 2011 and assumed his current role after spending 2 years as Marketing Manager. He received his B.S., M. S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois. After receiving his Master’s degree, he accepted a job with American Cyanamid as a Technical Service Representative in West Central Illinois.  After completing his Ph.D., he joined GROWMARK and has been with the company for 18 years. He is an active member in a number of ag organizations, including the American Society of Agronomy, CropLife America, FieldWatch, North Central Weed Science Society, and Weed Science Society of America. 

GROWMARK is an agricultural cooperative with annual sales of $9.5 billion (FY 2021 data) providing agronomy, energy, facility planning, and logistics products and services, as well as grain marketing and risk management services throughout North America. Headquartered in Bloomington, IL, GROWMARK owns the FS trademark, which is used by affiliated member cooperatives. More information is available at growmark.com. 

 

Bob Trogele

Bob Trogele

AMVAC, a subsidiary of American Vanguard Corporation

Bob Trogele, has enjoyed a dynamic year leadership career in Agribusiness, working for “large caps” such as Hoechst, Aventis and Bayer, and “mid-caps” such as Schering and FMC. He has working experience and knowledge in Europe, Asia and the Americas at all levels of Agribusiness crop segments and systems (chemical, nutrient, seed, biologicals and precision agriculture). In addition, he has worked at the country, regional and corporate general management level. Further, Trogele has been a voluntary Adjunct Professor at the Berlin School of Economics & Law, educating Asian European MBA’s as future leaders in global business and society. He is an independent board director of Clean Seeds Capital Group and the Farm Journal Foundation and sits on the board of the Agricultural Retailer Association. 

American Vanguard Corporation 

American Vanguard Corporation is a diversified specialty and agricultural products company focusing on crop protection, turf and ornamental markets, and public health applications. The Company has continued its successful strategy of acquiring or licensing both new and well-established product lines that serve numerous high valued market niches. New product development and international expansion also provide an additional stimulus for growth. Through skillful marketing, diligent product registration, quality manufacturing, American Vanguard has positioned itself to capitalize on developing trends in modern agriculture. American Vanguard will continue to meet the needs of a world demanding ever-increasing quantities of agricultural products for human food, animal feed, natural fibers and alternative fuels.

American Vanguard’s subsidiary, AMVAC Chemical Corporation (https://www.amvac.com), develops, manufactures and markets effective agricultural and commercial products for crop protection, non-agricultural and public health applications. AMVAC’s product development capabilities include new product acquisition and/or licensing for U.S. domestic sales and worldwide product distribution. AMVAC operates six manufacturing facilities in the U.S. that provide flexible production of high-quality products with an excellent record of safety and regulatory compliance. AMVAC also maintains a very robust product registration function that has successfully maintained the intellectual property value of the company’s portfolio 

 

 

 

Jean Payne

Jean Payne

Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association

Payne is the President of the Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association.  She has been with IFCA since 1998 and has served as President since 2004.  She is involved in the management of the IFCA including oversight of regulatory and legislative issues that impact the industry as well as programs to provide leadership on nutrient and agrichemical stewardship.  Jean received a B.A. in English from Illinois State University.  She has served on the Board of Directors for the Ag Retailers Association, The Fertilizer Institute, the Mid America Crop Life Association, the American Agronomic Stewardship Alliance and the Asmark Institute.  She lives in Bloomington, IL with her husband Rae.

IFCA’s membership consists of owners, managers and employees of agrichemical retail facilities located in Illinois, as well as representatives of pesticide, fertilizer, seed and equipment manufacturers, distributors and transporters.  The majority of IFCA’s 1000+ members are directly responsible for providing the products and services needed by Illinois farmers.  IFCA is committed to developing and supporting programs that enhance the safe and efficient handling and use of agricultural inputs.