The National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) has picked a winner. Mike Stern, Chief Executive Officer of The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Monsanto Company, has been named the 2017 Agribusiness Leader of the Year.
This agriculture industry award recognizes outstanding leadership in private, public, or academic service. It is conferred each year to a senior agribusiness executive who exemplifies excellence in agribusiness, and has also made significant contributions to the industry.
Since joining Climate in 2014, Stern has guided the company’s growth from serving 35 million crop acres to more than 100 million acres. In less than two growing seasons, the Climate FieldView platform has quickly become the most broadly connected platform in the United States. Under Stern’s leadership, the Climate FieldView platform has continued to expand into new, global regions, including recent expansion into Canada and Brazil. In November 2016, the company acquired VitalFields, a European farm management software company based in Tallinn, Estonia, marking Climate’s first step into the European market. The company plans to bring the Climate FieldView platform to Europe, South Africa, Australia, and Argentina over the next few years.
Most recently, the Climate FieldView platform was selected by the Business Intelligence Group as one of five Chairman’s Choice winners of the 2017 BIG Innovation Awards, signifying Climate FieldView as one of the top five product innovations of 2017.