Members include companies, universities, individuals and other organizations that support the purpose of the ADC. They contribute time and resources to help advance the goals of facilitating collaborative research based on data shared with grower consent.

AGCO (NYSE: AGCO) is a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural solutions and supports more productive farming through its full line of equipment and related services. AGCO products are sold through five core brands, Challenger®, Fendt®, GSI®, Massey Ferguson® and Valtra®, supported by Fuse® precision technologies and farm optimization services, and are distributed globally through a combination of approximately 3,000 independent dealers and distributors in more than 140 countries. Founded in 1990, AGCO is headquartered in Duluth, GA, USA. In 2015, AGCO had net sales of $7.5 billion. For more information, visit For company news, information and events, please follow us on Twitter: @AGCOCorp. For financial news on Twitter, please follow the hashtag #AGCOIR.

Agri-AFC, LLC was formed in 2003 as a joint venture between Alabama Farmers Cooperative and WinField Solutions, a wholly owned entity of Land O’Lakes. The JV was formed to give the members of Alabama Farmers Cooperative more competitively priced crop input products and availability of new products for their producers. Through strategic growth Agri-AFC, LLC now includes twenty-eight agronomy retail locations, two professional product distribution centers, multiple fertilizer terminals and a cotton gin and warehouse.  Headquartered in Decatur, Alabama,  the Agri-AFC, LLC footprint spans south Alabama, south Mississippi, south Georgia and the Florida panhandle.  Agri-AFC, LLC strives to offer a comprehensive and competitive supply of products while providing superior service and support to its cooperative and grower customers.  

Auburn University was established in 1856 and in 1872 became the first land-grant college in the South.  Today, Auburn is one of the few universities to carry the torch as a land, sea and space grant university.  Auburn University remains in the educational forefront with its traditional blend of arts and applied science, and changing with the needs of today while living with a respect for the traditions and spirit that are Auburn.  In Auburn’s College of Agriculture, we address world-shaping issues in health, economics, global politics, ecology, energy and commerce.  Throughout its 139-year history, the College has helped advance Alabama’s agricultural economy while improving the nutrition, health and standard of living for all citizens. 

CNH Industrial N.V. (NYSE: CNHI /MI: CNHI) is a global leader in the capital goods sector with established industrial experience, a wide range of products and a worldwide presence. Each of the individual brands belonging to the Company is a major international force in its specific industrial sector: Case IH, New Holland Agriculture and Steyr for tractors and agricultural machinery; Case and New Holland Construction for earth moving equipment; Iveco for commercial vehicles; Iveco Bus and Heuliez Bus for buses and coaches; Iveco Astra for quarry and construction vehicles; Magirus for firefighting vehicles; Iveco Defence Vehicles for defense and civil protection; and FPT Industrial for engines and transmissions. More information can be found on the corporate website:

Crop IMS LLC may be a tiny company, but since its inception in 2004, it has become a significant contributor to all things related to information technologies and its impact to US producers.   Crop IMS offers retail and wholesale technology and agronomy services across the Midwest and other areas of the country too.  Crop IMS’s twenty-three employees situated in Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin embody the innovative approach to bringing value to the industry. Crop IMS LLC is owned by five farmer-owned input supply cooperatives located in Illinois and Indiana.  Through its participation and leadership in AgGateway, Ag Data Transparency Evaluator, Inc. and other industry groups, Crop IMS helps forward its mission of increasing profitability for producers and those work with producers.  For more information, please visit

EFC Systems is a thirty-year old technology solutions provider focused on improving farm profitability and retailer operational efficiency.    Our solutions provide enterprise functionality to both retailer and service provider as well as growers by way of FieldAlytics, which is our comprehensive field management system with the optional AgSolver planning for profit engine.   We also help retailers manage their profitability, risk and resource management with our Merchant Ag ERP platform.   Our solutions support and enhance digital interaction between growers and retail service providers while also taking data and turning it into actionable insights.   Our tools help both retailers and growers prosper together.  Visit to learn more about how our solutions can help your organization.

Farm Bureau is a general farm organization representing almost six million members in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.  Our mission is to be the unified national voice of agriculture, working through our grassroots organizations to enhance and strengthen the lives of rural Americans and to build strong, prosperous agricultural communities.

Founded in 1910, Ice Miller LLP has a nationally recognized reputation in many of its practice areas. Ice Miller is a full-service firm with the resources it needs to counsel its clients and deliver quality legal advice. Ice Miller’s Food and Agribusiness Practice includes attorneys and agribusiness professionals with a variety of backgrounds who represent food and agriculture companies across the country while monitoring the issues facing the industry. We help our clients, who span the food and agricultural value chain, to manage risk, identify and protect assets, identify new business opportunities and protect and adopt innovative technologies.

The seeds of the Iowa AgState Group were planted in the spring of 1997 as representatives of farm and commodity organizations, agribusinesses, state government and Iowa State University began to talk about the need for a long-range, strategic plan for Iowa agriculture. A name designed to help the public understand the purpose of the group was chosen. Iowa AgState is an acronym for “Agricultural Strategic Thinkers Acting Together Effectively.”

Kansas State University

Established in 1878 as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of the State of Mississippi, Mississippi State University today continues to excel in its original mission of education, research, and service. The study of agriculture, a founding basis for the institution, was formalized into a college in 1903.  The present-day College of Agriculture and Life Science (CALS) presents a broad array of opportunities for the study of life, encompassing 9 schools and departments. Together, they offer 16 majors and 46 concentrations for undergraduates and 10 majors and 30 concentrations for graduate degrees.  The College is also closely associated with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station (MAFES) and the Mississippi State University Extension Service, which both share knowledge and solutions with farmers, business people, and government agencies throughout the state and beyond.

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) is a land-grant university chartered in 1689. UNL is a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) at UNL focuses on people, and the food, water and natural resources that sustain them. IANR innovation in research, teaching and extension education places Nebraska on the leading edge of food production, environmental stewardship, human nutrition, business development and youth engagement. Composed of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR), the Agricultural Research Division (ARD), UNL Extension, and the ARD and Extension components of three departments in the College of Education and Human Sciences; IANR is committed to growing the future of Nebraska’s people, businesses, and communities.

The Ohio State University’s main Columbus campus is one of America’s largest and most comprehensive. More than 58,000 students select from 15 colleges, 200 undergraduate majors, and 250 masters, doctoral, and professional degree programs attend.  Of the 15 colleges, The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University encompasses three important mission areas: academics, research, and extension. The CFAES vision is to sustain life through production efficiency and technologies, food safety and security, economic and policy analysis, and preservation of the environment, ecosystems, and water quality. To learn more about CFAES, visit  Within CFAES, The Ohio State University Digital Ag Program strives to be the premier source of research-based information in the age of digital agriculture. The central focus of the program is the interaction of automation, sensing and data analytics to optimize crop production while addressing environmental quality, sustainability and profitability. To learn more about the Digital Ag Program, visit

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Purdue University is Indiana’s land grant institution with research, teaching, and Extension at its core.  Its engineering, aviation, and agricultural programs are highly ranked and recognized worldwide.  The West Lafayette campus is home to about 30,000 undergraduate students, 10,000 graduate students, and 3,000 faculty and staff.  The College of Agriculture is ranked ninth in the world (2018 QS World University Rankings), Agricultural and Biological Engineering is ranked first (2019 US News & World Report) and the Agricultural Economics program fourth (2017 Center for World University Rankings).  There are about 2800 undergraduate students in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Agricultural Economics, Agronomy, Animal Sciences, Biochemistry, Botany & Plant Pathology, Entomology, Food Science, Forestry, and Horticulture & Landscape Architecture.  For more information:

Since 1956, Raven Industries has designed and manufactured high quality, high-value technical products. Raven is publicly traded on NASDAQ (RAVN) and has earned an international reputation for innovation, product quality, high performance, and unmatched service. Raven realizes its vision by developing innovative solutions to great challenges related to the markets we understand and serve. Today, those solutions are focused on feeding and connecting the growing world population, preserving natural resources, and answering the growing need for security. Utilizing our strength in engineering, manufacturing, and technological innovation, Raven is a leader in precision agriculture, high performance specialty films, and situational awareness markets. Visit for more information.

Topcon Positioning Group is headquartered in Livermore, California, USA ( Topcon Positioning Group designs, manufactures and distributes precise positioning products and solutions for the global surveying, construction, agriculture, civil engineering, BIM, mapping and GIS, asset management and mobile control markets.  Its brands include Topcon, Sokkia, Tierra, Wachendorff Elektronik, Digi-Star, RDS Technology, NORAC and 2LS. Topcon Corporation (, founded in 1932, is traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (7732).

The ADC is lead by a board of directors, seven of which are elected by the different types of members organizations and eight directors selected at large.

University Elected Directors

  • Dr. Kieth Coble
  • Dr. Bruce Erickson
  • Dr. John Fulton (Treasurer)

Industry Elected Directors

  • Don Bierman (Vice-President)
  • Ben Craker (President)

Producer and Producer Organization Elected Directors

  • Dr. Matt Darr

Founding Member Elected Directors

  • Dr. Scott Schearer

Elected General Directors

  • Anthony Aaron
  • Dr. Ajay Sharda
  • Michael Gomes (Secretary)
  • Dan Danford
  • Dr. Joe Luck
  • Dr. Diran Fasina
  • Paul Welbig
  • Amy Winstead