KENTLAND, IN (March 16, 2015) – Mitch Snyder, Sales and Marketing Manager for AgVenture McKillip Seeds, Wabash, Indiana has been elected as the president of the Indiana Crop Improvement Association (ICIA). Snyder has served on the Board of Directors of the ICIA for the past four years and on the executive committee for the past two years. Snyder was elected at the organization’s Corn Belt Seed Conference held recently in Indianapolis.
ICIA, a non-profit, self-supporting agency, exists to deliver unbiased, needed services including seed certification, seed quality testing, genetic testing and research. Their membership includes producers to seed conditioners, seed companies, seed distributors and other related seed industry input providers.
Snyder said, “It is an honor and a privilege to serve ICIA and our industry. The ICIA plays a crucial role in our ability to be productive and competitive in this fast-paced, rapidly changing seed business.”
“The ICIA members represent some of the finest seed companies and longest legacies in the seed business,” said Snyder. “Many member seed companies have had family members involved in the organization for three or four generations. For more than 100 years, this organization has provided unbiased, reliable, and repeatable high-quality analysis that helps each company provide better seed products to their customers. While many members are direct competitors in the field, we all come together for the good of the industry through this organization. It is an honorable community.”
During his one year term, Snyder said he will support efforts to continue to deploy the group’s strategic plan. “We’re pleased to implement a well-defined organizational structure, providing continuity and cross-training within the organization. We want to be sure we are operating at the highest level, assessing current needs and performance. At the same time, we want to assure that we are well prepared for new shifts and changes in industry, ready to respond to members’ needs. I look forward to building additional awareness of the group and the excellence they provide.”
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 US, and the World.
AgVenture, Inc. is the nation’s largest network of independently owned regional seed companies. Based in Kentland, Indiana, 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.