Ron has had a long and renowned career in agriculture and currently operates his own business, Farrell Growth Group. Always a farmer at heart, Ron has worked for several agricultural companies over the years, including Union Carbide Ag Chemicals, Shell Chemical Company, Brayton Chemicals and Wilbur-Ellis.
In 1998, Ron became Executive Director and President of RAPID, Inc., the predecessor to AgGateway Corporation. Under his leadership as CEO and President, Ron guided AgGateway to expand the use of e-business standards that are now widely accepted in agriculture and established a strong foundation for AgGateway’s future. In 2006, Ron was recognized by the Mid America CropLife Association with their Industry Vision Award for providing exemplary vision on issues affecting Midwestern agriculture. In 2008, he received a Lifetime Achievement award from CropLife America.
Ron was born in Storm Lake, Iowa, and graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Agronomy.
Brian is the Chief Operating Officer of the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA), the Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB) and Iowa Corn Opportunities, LLC (ICO). In that role, he is responsible for implementing much of the strategy outlined by ICGA, ICPB and ICO.
As a member of the Management Team, Brian develops strategic business plans, objectives and organizational policies, coordinates functions and programs, manages business transformation strategies and provides economic analysis and business support to the broader Iowa Corn organization. Brian is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Iowa Corn Opportunities including identifying and qualifying new investment opportunities as well as managing all existing investments on behalf of the organization’s board of managers.
Prior to joining Iowa Corn, Brian served as an agricultural business management consultant with The Context Network on projects related to strategic planning, research targeting, opportunity analysis, competitive intelligence and market research. Brian has a Bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness from Utah State University, and a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University.
Matt Carstens serves as Senior Vice President of SUSTAIN, the new Land O’Lakes, Inc. enterprise business unit.
Matt has an extensive agricultural background spanning the last 20 years. He joined Land O’Lakes from United Suppliers, Inc., a leader in the field of agricultural fertilizers, chemicals, and related business resources. Matt began his career with American Cyanamid where he performed in a sales role and later as a Market Development Supervisor. He was then promoted to the role of District Business Manager with BASF. From there, he moved into a Director of Business Development role with Rosen’s Inc. and Sales Manager with Helena Chemical Company before joining United Suppliers. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in agricultural business from Iowa State University.
He and his wife, Shanda, have three children and make their home in Johnston, IA.
Jason Weller joined the Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN business unit in 2017 as senior director of sustainability. Jason’s role is to lead the team developing the conservation portfolio of tools for the cooperative’s member-owners.
Previously, he was chief of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) leading a staff of 10,500 NRCS employees across the country working one-one-one with farmers and ranchers to deliver assistance to protect and improve the quality of their operations’ natural resources. While at NRCS, Jason led the effort to significantly expand the agency’s partnerships with public and private organizations—including agricultural retailers, agricultural supply chain companies and food companies—to provide innovative and effective services for agricultural producers.
Prior to serving as NRCS Chief, Jason held various agriculture and natural resource conservation leadership positions, including on the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture where he provided oversight and crafted legislation to fund USDA programs and activities, on the U.S. House Budget Committee where he helped construct the annual congressional budget for agriculture, environment and energy programs, and in the White House Office of Management and Budget where he assisted with the development and implementation of the President’s budget for USDA conservation programs.
Jason earned a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and a master of public policy degree from the University of Michigan.