An Indiana farmer may soon be representing the United States in the United Nations. On Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Kip Tom to be accorded the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service as United States Representative to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture at the Department of State.
Tom is the current chairman of Tom Farms in Leesburg, Indiana. His early role in Tom Farms was to serve as a production technician. In 1980, he assumed the role of Assistant Director of Production and Supply Management, leading the company’s growth and expansion of production. In 1985, he led Tom Farms’ engagement into seed production for Pioneer and by 1996, they became Pioneer’s largest U.S. contract seed producer.
By 1992, Tom began seed corn production consulting services in Latin America by working with companies to improve yields, increase efficiencies, and shorten the timeline in the supply channel in Southern Hemisphere Seed Production. In 2000, he led the efforts to found a company in Argentina to produce seed for Pioneer. Today, Tom Farms is one of Monsanto’s largest seed producers and is also developing into one of Indiana’s largest grain commodity production businesses.
Tom serves on the boards of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the Future Farmers of America Foundation, and the National 4-H Foundation. He is the recipient of the 2015 Agriculture Future of America Ag Leader of the Year Award.
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