The National Agri-Marketing Association has named Mike Stern, Chief Executive Officer of The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Monsanto Company, as the 2017 Agribusiness Leader of the Year.
This award, which is NAMA’s highest honor, recognizes outstanding leadership in private, public, or academic service and is conferred each year to a senior agribusiness executive who not only exemplifies excellence in agribusiness, but has also made significant contributions to the industry. Now in its 17th year, the award will be presented at the 2017 Agri-Marketing Conference, April 26-28, 2017, in Dallas, Texas.
According to NAMA, Mike Stern exemplifies the spirit of the award through his understanding of the challenges farmers face and his passion for solving agriculture’s most pressing issue: the need to feed a growing population while minimizing the impact on the environment. Stern and his team are on the forefront of solving this problem through digital agriculture, which holds the potential to unlock the next giant leap in farming productivity and efficiency. Through the combination of advanced data science, sensors and seamless connectivity of farm data, Climate is helping farmers gain a deeper understanding of their fields with data-driven, real-time insights delivered through digital tools available right at their fingertips.