Precision Ag Business
Wed, Aug 4, 2021
9:10am to 9:50am
Business Topics: Management Panel
Paul Dudley was born in Champaign, Urbana Illinois. He was home schooled through middle school and attended Judah Christian High School in Champaign. He studied Avionics Design and Human Factors Engineering at the University of Illinois Institute of Aviation. He would later go to work for Horizon Hobby LLC as a product support representative for UAVs and R.C. vehicles of all sorts. He received a certificate in UAS operations from Parkland Community College, his part 107 UAS commercial operators license in 2020 and began his internship at Sentera in February of that year.
Jason Leary joined Crystal Valley in 2011 after receiving his B.S. Degree in Ag Systems Technology from South Dakota State University. Jason helped develop, launch, and grow Crystal Valley’s Precision Ag program to provide growers local research and data-driven decision-making. As Ag Technology Manager, Jason oversees the Precision Agronomy and Precision Equipment teams and the agronomic research trials for Crystal Valley. In 2019, Jason’s team received the Precision Farming Dealer Most Valuable Dealership award. Jason takes his passion for precision agronomy and incorporates it into his family farm in South Central Minnesota, where he resides with his wife and three children.
Bret Sitzmann is the head of ecosystem and grain at Solinftec, a technology provider built exclusively for agriculture, based in West Lafayette, IN. Sitzmann has a lifetime of experience in agriculture as an agronomist, grain merchandiser, farmer, marketer and business leader. Technology and digital solutions in agriculture are an addiction for Bret, having spent the past 15 years of his career with companies including Monsanto, The Climate Corporation, Bayer Crop Science and IBM. Sitzmann holds a bachelor’s degree in agronomy and crop science from Iowa State University.
Dudley grew up on a family farm in the Mississippi Delta and has over two decades of consulting experience in the food and agribusiness industries. He holds a BBA from Mississippi State University and an MBA from the University of Illinois. Throughout his career, he has led several grain trading desks for multinational firms, managed multiple corn and soybean breeding programs, and developed and implemented Identity Preserved origination programs. His expertise focuses on producer group development, implementing process improvements, delivering AgTech investment guidance, and creating new marketing strategies, specifically in specialty crop and technology markets. Prior to joining Rantizo in the spring of 2021, Dudley held leadership roles with startups in Chicago, Silicon Valley, and Denmark.