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Craig Nelson named CEO of the Indiana Crop Improvement Association

The Indiana Crop Improvement Association (ICIA) announced Craig Nelson as its new chief executive officer in a news release. Nelson, who brings more than three decades of experience in seed quality testing, laboratory operations, business development and leadership, is taking over from interim CEO Alan Galbreth.

Nelson’s appointment marks a significant phase for ICIA as it steps into its 125th year. He aims to foster trust and partnerships with stakeholders, leveraging his extensive experience in the industry. His experience and his prior role as ICIA’s genetics lab director laid a foundation for his new position as CEO.

 “I am excited to begin in my role as CEO, and continue working alongside our exceptional team as we further develop and promote growth for our customers and the organization,” Nelson said in the release.

Having grown up in West Lafayette, Indiana, and holding a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University, Nelson has deep roots in the state. He also holds a master’s degree in agronomy from the University of Kentucky. His tenure at Eurofins BioDiagnostics, Inc., where he was a vice president and owner, equipped him with insights and an agricultural network, emphasizing industry growth and customer service.

Nelson and his wife Shelly recently moved back to Indiana, signaling a homecoming that aligns with his new role at ICIA. The release stated the organization’s leadership team and colleagues are enthusiastic about the growth prospects and service enhancement that Nelson’s leadership will bring.