2023 Thought Leaders

February 17, 2023

The Power of Partnerships:  State and Federal Relationships

Julia Wickard, State Director, USDA/FSA

Bruce Kettler, President/CEO  Agribusiness Council of IN


Leadering Essentials: Coaching for Success

When people don’t get the coaching they need, they flounder, disengage, get frustrated and they miss out on valuable development. Are you a manager of people, an influencer,  a manager ‘in waiting’? This workshop will give you the essential knowledge and skills for integrating coaching into your leadership style. Your improvement leads to helping your people better succeed on their own.  You will learn a coaching mindset, learn a 4 part coaching process, practice the essential skills and focused conversations that result in accelerated performance and development. 

BONUS:  Learn about the AgrReliant story.

Event Held at :  AgReliant Genetics LLC Headquarters, 1122 E. 169th Street, Westfield

ALP Class 20


Class 20 Members

Amy Alka,  Purdue University Extension, Randolph County
Mathew Berger, Merchants Bank of Indiana
Christopher Bierhaus, Miers Farm Corporation
John Boerman, Benton Dairy, LLC
Christopher Boomsma,  American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America
Michael Braswell, Elanco
Crystal Buckner, B & B Cattle/Blue River Beef
Matthew Clark, Ceres Solutions
Caroline Currie,  AgReliant/Agrigold
Kayla Fogg,  Cargill
Katie Forro, Bayer
Chase Harris,   Farm Credit Mid America
Abigail Heidenreich, Superior Ag Resources
Megan Jochem,  FarBest Farms
Mitchell Jordan,  Jordan Farms
Jayde Ketring, First Bank of Berne
Dee Lindsay,  First Financial Bank
Courtney Mann, Mann Livestock LLC
Jason Moulin, Corteva Agriscience
Katie Nelson, IN State Dept. of Agriculture
Ashley Schultz,  Beck’s Hybrids
Brian Walker, Grain Processing Corp.
Stacie Warner, Elanco
Nate Wyss, Corteva Agriscience



What Our Graduates Say

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Tom Sloma Honored

Honoring Tom Sloma, AgrIInstitute Chair 2018-2020, for his two yrs and chair and six years of board service to AgrIInstitute.  Representing the AgrIInstitute board were board members Julia Wickard (current chair), Greg Slipher, and Bruce Kettler. THANK YOU Tom for...

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Leeck and Rekeweg appointed

Congratulations to ALP Class 12 members, Rosalind Leeck, US Soybean Export Council, and Matthew Rekeweg, Corteva Agriscience.  Appointed to serve on the Agricultural Trade Advisory Committee for Trade in Grains, Feed, Oilseeds and Planting Seeds by US Secretary of Ag...

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"The AG Leadership Program is all about people. The most valuable piece of the program is the connections you make with your classmates. The people that I learned from locally, nationally and internationally were incredible."

Don Lamb
Vice President, Lamb Farms

"We firmly believe that the Indiana Agricultural Leadership Program is a valuable, life-changing experience for participants and a sound investment for those interested in promoting ag and rural leadership in the Hoosier state and beyond, but don’t take our word for it. Please read what our ALP class graduates and supporters say about the program."

Tom Daughterty
ALP Class 4 Agriculture Educator

Amboy, Indiana

"As I reflect on the effect ALP had on my career and life, the list is enormous. The network, the contacts, and the leadership skills you receive are only the short list of what one receives. I became more proactive in looking at programs. I was one of two selected from Indiana to be a part of the Toyota Teacher Exchange program to Japan. Having a toolbox filled with leadership skills helps in problem solving, community involvement and servant – learning."

Kenda Resler Friend ALP Class 11 Corteva Agriscience, Indianapolis, IN

"Three words come to mind when I think of the Indiana Agricultural Leadership Program and those are network, awareness and empowerment. The people that I have been able to meet have really made an impression on me andI’m proud to work in an industry where there are so many bright and talented individuals. I have learned a lot about agriculture in Indiana, but also how it relates to a national and global level. Most of all, I have seen that being involved and active as a representative of this industry does make a difference."

Courtney Knupp, ALP Class 15

News & Events

AgrIInstitute is joining Indiana Rural Health Association to conduct 23 workshops across the state of Indiana to raise awareness and reduce stigma about mental health, mental illness, and suicide prevention. The Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives team is proud to welcome...

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