Nutrient management is at the core of every climate, sustainability, and/or viability conversation. Agribusinesses play a key role in advising farmers on implementing best practices and leveraging those best practices to diversify their income streams. 

Speakers:

 

Ben Wicker, Executive Director, Indiana Agriculture Nutrient Alliance

Ben Wicker is the executive director of the Indiana Agriculture Nutrient Alliance (IANA), a partnership of agriculture groups, government agencies, conservation organizations and academia working to improve soil health and nutrient management practices on Indiana farms. Before assuming this role, Wicker held positions as an independent crop consultant and agronomist, and spent time with Indiana Pork Producers as the director of producer outreach. Most recently, Wicker held the position of agribusiness specialist at The Nature Conservancy where he worked with agribusinesses to expand services that promote nutrient management and soil health.  Wicker holds a bachelor’s degree in agronomy and crop science from Purdue University and is an active member of his family’s diversified grain, forage and cattle operation in east central Indiana.  

 

Brant Caley, Farmer Operations, Gradeable

Brant grew up (and currently lives) on a farm in Northeast Indiana. After graduating from Purdue in 2008, he started working in precision agriculture at Trimble Navigation. After eight years at Trimble, he moved on to Farmers Business Network. At FBN, he held numerous roles and watched the business grow from 2500 customers to over 40,000. His current role is focused on farmer operations within the sustainability department at Gradeable. His job is to make sustainability programs easier for farmers to successfully enroll and complete.

 

 

Brian Furrer, President, Bio Town Ag

Brian Furrer, President of Bio Town Ag, recognized the potential issues with the current agricultural sustainability model and knew something had to change. There are currently seven billion people in the world, and it’s projected to be nine billion by 2045 we need to find ways to improve how mankind produces food, fuel, and fiber.