ICIA has collaborated with the seed, grain, and food industry to ensure the integrity, trust, and credibility of our services over the last 120 years. We remain steadfast in our commitment to provide unbiased and innovative solutions that address industry challenges.

Consistently, ICIA leads the way in cutting-edge scientific services, providing relevant solutions to the evolving needs of our industry. Our team of experts constantly strives to develop and adopt the latest technologies and methodologies, ensuring the highest standards of accuracy, quality, and consistency.

ICIA is driven by a purpose to improve food quality and abundance, while also integrating business goals and social values. We recognize the interdependence of business and society, and strive to promote sustainable practices that balance economic, environmental, and social interests.

At ICIA, we foster an environment of learning and development, ensuring the next generation of leaders is capable of addressing the challenges of a sustainable planet. Through mentorship, training, and hands-on experience, we empower our team to innovate and contribute to a better future for all.

ICIA Executive Staff

Craig Nelson

Chief Executive Officer

John Zheng

Ph.D., Chief Science Officer

Laura Donaldson

RST, Seed Lab Director

Brenton Leach

Genetics Lab Director

Jeff Linn

Field Programs Director

Susan Overdorf

Executive Admin & Organization Culture

Executive Committee

  • Gene Kassmeyer President, Inari Agriculture
  • Wade Wiley Vice President, Syngenta
  • Brett Jones Director at Large, Ingredion
  • Marshall Martin Director at Large, Martin Acres LLC
  • Jim Parks Immediate Past President, formerly of Corteva Agriscience
  • Ron Turco Purdue Faculty

Board of Directors

  • Samantha Bock SePRO Ag
  • Roger Budreau Remington Seeds
  • David Dunk Hubner Industries
  • Doug Hardy Superior Seed
  • Brian Marlatt 1st Choice Seeds
  • Kathy McCarthy The Cisco Companies
  • Tesfaye Mengiste Purdue University
  • Bill Stumph Ag Alumni Seed
  • Ron Turco Purdue University
  • Robert Waller Winfield United

Contact the ICIA Team

Have questions for our team of experts? We are available during normal business hours Mon-Fri 7:45am – 4:30pm EST. If you need assistance we would be more than happy to help!