Broken Agronomic Supply Chain

There are no easy fixes for supply chain issues. Join Rod Wells as he highlights a suggested multi-pronged approach including addressing issues of infrastructure, crop input protection and regulation, energy, labor and economic policies.

Speaker:

 

Rod Wells, Vice President Supply Chain & Logistics, GROWMARK

Rod Wells was named VP, Supply Chain and Logistics for GROWMARK in January 2022. In this role, he provides overall leadership to the development of an efficient and optimized supply chain throughout the GROWMARK System from manufacturer to GROWMARK’s member customer locations. 

Wells earned a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Industries from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987 and is a graduate of the GROWMARK Senior Leader Development Program.

He has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility since joining the GROWMARK System in 1987. He began his career at Moultrie-Shelby FS, Inc. as a crop specialist and in 1991 earned the title Certified Crop Specialist. In 1997 he became Agronomy Marketing Manager for Lincoln Land FS, Inc. Rod was hired as Agronomy Area Sales Manager by GROWMARK, Inc. in 2006 and promoted to Region Agronomy Sales Manager in January 2007. In August 2007, he became Manager, Facility Strategy and Operations in the Agronomy Division. In April 2008, he was named Agronomy Sales Manager and assumed the role of Director, Agronomy Sales and Operations later that year. In 2010, he was named GROWMARK’s Crop Nutrients Division Manager, responsible for leading the company’s $1.3 billion fertilizers division. Prior to his current role, Wells served as Chief Supply Chain Officer beginning in August 2018.

Wells is a past chairman of the board of directors of the Agricultural Retailers Association where he currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors. He is a former member of the operating board of Mapleton Solution Terminal, LLC and was an inaugural board member of ResponsibleAg, an industry-led program designed to assist ag retailers in the assessment of their compliance with federal regulations. 

He has two grown children and resides in Bloomington, Illinois with his wife, Bev.