Terry Kippley

Terry Kippley

The Council of Producers and Distributors of Agrotechnology

Terry Kippley was named President of CPDA on January 4, 2022. Kippley brings more than 35 years of experience in the agriculture industry, both domestic and international. Most recently, he was president of Aceto Agricultural Chemicals and a long-term board member and past president of the Mid America CropLife Association. Kippley began his career at Monsanto in field sales, followed by product, sales, and business management roles at Oil-Dri Corporation.

During his career with Aceto Agricultural Chemicals Corporation, Kippley led expansion of the EPA post-patent pesticide active-ingredient molecule portfolio and profitability. Key to this success was developing long-term partnerships with Chinese and Indian suppliers, establishing sales relationships with U.S. distributors, and fostering geographic expansion internationally while working through complex regulatory environments.

Kippley was raised as a sixth-generation dairy farmer in Wisconsin and earned a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from Loyola University of Chicago.

The Council of Producers and Distributors of Agrotechnology (CPDA) based near Washington DC has been the voice and advocate for the adjuvant, inert, and post-patent crop protection industry for 35 years. Nearly 80% of US distribution for the $13 billion crop protection market and approximately 80% of the inert ingredients used in agricultural production in the US are provided by CPDA members. The association members are a network of basic inert manufacturers, adjuvant formulators, distributors, retailers, US pesticide formulators, and post-patent crop protection registrants and manufacturers who make their voices heard by working together.

Daren Coppock

Daren Coppock

Ag Retailers Association

In his current role, which he’s held since November 2009, Daren leads a staff of eight people to accomplish the mission of the ARA – to ensure a profitable business environment for members of the association through its public policy work in Washington, DC. 

Prior to joining ARA, he was the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) for more than eight years. He also served as Executive Vice President for the Oregon Wheat Growers League and as the first full-time Administrator of the Oregon Grains Commission. 

Daren holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University in Agricultural and Resource Economics. He was born and raised on a wheat and cattle ranch in eastern OR, and he and his wife Mechelle live in Falls Church VA with the youngest of our three children. 

The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) advocates, influences, educates and provides services to support its members in their quest to maintain a profitable business environment, adapt to a changing world and preserve their freedom to operate.

Kevin Johnson

Kevin “KJ” Johnson

Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association (IFCA)

KJ is the President of the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association (IFCA).  In this role, Johnson serves as Chief Executive Officer.  He manages the overall operation and resources of IFCA, including oversight of regulatory and legislative issues and the development of programs that promote stewardship and safety for the nutrient and agrichemical industry.   

From 2013 to 2020, Johnson served as the Director of Government and Industry Relations for IFCA where he was responsible for carrying out the legislative and regulatory policy objectives.  He fostered positive working relationships with state and federal legislators and agency officials, as well as with other industry organizations. From 2001 to 2013, Johnson served as the agricultural liaison for Congressman Tim Johnson, assisting the Congressman and constituents with policy issues including agriculture and environmental regulations before the House Agriculture Committee.  

KJ still farms in Champaign/Vermilion counties with his father and two brothers.  KJ earned degrees in agri-business and political science from Illinois State University in 2004.  KJ, his wife Anna, and two sons, Kace and Beckett live in St. Joseph, Illinois. 

IFCA assists and represents the crop production supply and service industry while promoting the sound stewardship and utilization of agricultural inputs.

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. 

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. 

Dave Downey

Dave Downey

Purdue University

Dave Downey is a widely recognized agribusiness consultant in North America and various countries around the globe. He founded and serves as the executive director emeritus of Purdue University’s Center for Food and Agricultural Business and is a professor emeritus of agricultural marketing at Purdue. Downey’s primary focus is on marketing and selling to farmers. He has received several recognitions for professional excellence, published three widely accepted books in his field and co-authored “ProSelling: A Professional Approach to Selling in Agriculture and Other Industries”, which is used extensively by colleges and universities across North America.

The Purdue University Center for Food and Agricultural Business is housed within Purdue’s Department of Agricultural Economics. Committed to being the agribusiness industry’s partner of choice for navigating the complex agri-food system, the Center designs and delivers educational resources over various business topics tailored to food and agribusiness. These resources are distributed through three key initiatives: professional development programs and workshops; an MS-MBA in Food and Agribusiness Management program, a dual-degree program partnership with the Indiana University Kelley School of Business; and applied agribusiness research. All Center programming combines applied research with real-world application.

Amy Asmus

Amy Asmus CCA, RMS

Asmus Farm Supply

Amy Asmus, along with her husband, Harlan, are the second-generation owners of Asmus Farm Supply. Amy became a Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) in 2004 and has since been also certified as a resistance management specialist.  Amy works with several associations including: Agricultural Retailers Association as board vice chair, American Society of Agronomy and International Certified Crop Adviser as liaison between the two boards, Weed Science Society of America as a member of their herbicide resistance and education outreach committee and WSSA’s representative on EPA OPP PPDC.  Amy also is an invited speaker for many events.   Asmus received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Iowa State University. 

Asmus Farm Supply (AFS) is a family-owned agricultural retail business serving northern Iowa and southern Minnesota.  AFS specializes in crop protection, plant nutrition, seed and seed treatment. Harlan and Amy Asmus are the second generation to lead AFS while their son Garrett is the third generation involved.   At Asmus Farm Supply, selling is more than just price. AFS strives to listen to grower’s production problems, and through product knowledge, recommends an IPM program that is tailored to each grower’s needs.   All Agronomists are CCA certified and uphold integrity and trust with each of our growers.  Our mission is  Consulting Clients with Sustainable Recommendations to Maximize Production.