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Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation News   
April 5, 2021

Ron Meeusen, PhD is a Managing Director of Cultivian Sandbox and Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Cultivian Ventures. Prior to founding Cultivian, Ron had over 30 years of experience in bringing new technologies and products to market. Ron led the expansion of the biotechnology research and development program of Dow AgroSciences, and founded a successful biopharmaceutical company, Immuneworks.
Ron has led research and development for major corporations in agricultural chemicals, field crop and vegetable genetics and breeding, animal health, novel foods and industrial materials. His successful projects include the world’s first field trial of a genetically engineered crop trait in 1986, development and launch of one of the first insect and herbicide resistant corn hybrids, introduction of a trans-fat free canola oil, and development of dozens of new varieties of field and vegetable crops on three continents.

 
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Kevin "KJ" Johnson (IALP '16) has been named Interim President of the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association (IFCA). KJ began working with IFCA in 2013 and previously held the title of Director of Government and Industry Relations. You can read more about KJ's role with IFCA here
The Champaign- Urbana News Gazette has named Ken Dalenberg (IALP '86) as the 2020 Farm Leader of the Year. Ken began farming after attending the University of Illinois, and has continued to work with UI researchers. Ken has also tested new technology from startups and large corporations, and has worked with international soybean organizations. He has also been a part of the Land of Lincoln Soybean Association, the American Soybean Association, the Illinois Soybean Operating Board, the United Soybean Board, the Chicago Federal Reserve advisory board, and the Chicago Board of Trade ag advisory committee. You can read more about Ken's career and impact on agriculture here
Correction

In the last issue of IALF News, we shared that Jeff Adkisson (IALP '04) was honored as a distinguished alumni by Western Illinois University. We also shared that Gerry Salzman (IALP '92) was an honoree in 2020, but failed to mention that Jeff Galle (IALP '90) was also a 2020 honoree. We apologize for this omission and congratulate Jeff on this honor.  
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