New Syngenta series showcases individuals in agriculture whose hard work and determination are helping to secure a better future.


Felisha Vestal: “Transplant” to Ag Formulates Success in the Field
Chemical engineer learns to “speak ag,” embraces the mission.
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Steve Wilkens: Helping Connect Growers to Leading-Edge Solutions
A small-town dairy farmer’s son grows up to become an agronomist who develops global crop innovations.
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Brenda Watts: Bringing a ‘Can-Do’ Attitude to Ag and Ag Aviation
After picking up the pieces, she became a national leader in the industry.
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Phil Krieg: Focused on the Field
A lifelong connection to agriculture transforms a reluctant student into a skilled teacher.
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Risa DeMasi: Seed Executive Surrounds Herself with Agricultural Know-How
The co-founder of Grassland Oregon leans from her own experiences and those of others to cultivate success.
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Jennifer Yocum: Syngenta Tech Specialist Answers Tough Questions
Growing up on a university research station gave this Syngenta specialist a unique perspective on the technical side of ag.
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Shawn Potter: A Passion to Empower Others
Early experiences on the farm drive his desire to help growers succeed.
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Megan Moll: Personally and Professionally Dedicated to Ag
Growing up on a farm taught her how to value hard work and hard-working people.
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Liz Hunt: Syngenta Leader in Sustainability
For this Syngenta Sustainable Solutions lead, a history of flowers blossomed into a commitment to sustainability.
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Lisa Phelps: Dedicated Chemist and Passionate Farmer
When she’s not working on the latest chemical breakthrough for Syngenta, Phelps tends to chores on the family farm.
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Willie Hawkins: Sentimental Ag Professional
Syngenta sales rep has always followed his heart—both personally and professionally.
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Jill Wheeler: Industry Veteran Committed to Making a Difference
From journalist to head of sustainable productivity, Wheeler has dedicated her career to the ag industry.
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Brenda and Marin Wolgamott: A Wine-Producing Mother and Daughter Duo
Grape growing and winemaking are the bonds that keep this family succeeding in the ag industry.
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Laura Peterson: Syngenta Public Policy Advocate for Ag
Splitting life between Washington, D.C., and a Montana ranch helps this Syngenta leader remain connected to the industry she supports.
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Lori Thomas: Seasoned Sales Professional With a Passion for People
Her expansive and successful career gives Thomas plenty of experience to share with the next generation of ag pros.
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Pamela Cole Smith: Dedicated Chronicler of Agriculture and Farm Life
As an agricultural journalist, Smith is dedicated to helping growers solve problems.
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Connie Banks: Syngenta Integrated Account Lead Dedicated to the Industry
Growing up on a farm, Banks’ involvement in ag began at a very young age and still continues today.
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Leon Hunter: A Passion for Ag and Education
Agronomy service and training are guided by values learned on the family farm.
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Dan Burdett: Entrepreneurial Spirit Serves Global Syngenta Leader Well
A Syngenta global leader builds relationships based on values, collaboration and trust.
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Doug Kirkbride: Syngenta Agronomist Works to Help Growers Attain Their Goals
Invigorated by the science of soil, Kirkbride puts his knowledge to use to help growers and retailers.
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Kelsey Vance: Syngenta Retail Sales Rep and Mentor for Women
Industry involvement helps this Syngenta sales rep inspire the future women of agriculture.
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Pete Clark and Rick Murdock: Ag Experience Is the Key to Software Success
Partners create powerful, farmer-friendly crop management software.
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Caydee Savinelli: Syngenta Champion for Pollinator Health and Integrated Pest Management
Interest in her grandfather’s citrus grove helped this Syngenta scientist develop a passion for the agriculture industry.
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Jeff Cecil: Marketing Leader Motivated by Meeting Growers’ Needs
This farm boy at heart has a passion for helping customers succeed.
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Marji Guyler-Alaniz: Iowa Photographer and Advocate for Women in Agriculture
Founder and president of FarmHer expands her mission to honor women in ag with the launch of a new RFD-TV show.
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Hope Hart: Proven Ag Researcher and Developer
Syngenta scientist commits her career to innovative ag technologies and the understanding of their safety.
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Jamie Eichorn: Syngenta Technical Services Leader Advocates Collaboration
For Eichorn, involvement in ag organizations and his role-model dad instilled the importance of trusted relationships.
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Krista Lottinville: Motivator for Young Women in Ag
Thrive contest winner embraces her agricultural roots and inspires many other young women to do the same.
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Mitch Roth: Future Pathologist Promoting Sustainable Ag
Syngenta Agricultural Scholarship winner plans to use his agricultural roots to help feed the world.
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Vern Hawkins: Syngenta Leader with Strong Roots in Ag
Lessons he learned as a young farmhand have helped propel a remarkable career.
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Mary-Dell Chilton: The "Queen of Agrobacterium"
Founder of modern plant biotech continues to lead the field as a mentor.
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