The Iowa Innovation Corporation recently announced the 2013 Innovation Leaders award recipients. Paullina native Ted Crosbie, Integrated Farming Systems lead for Monsanto Company, was one of the recipients honored. He received the Innovation Founder Award in recognition of his exceptional service and dedication to providing innovative solutions to grow and support Iowa’s economy.
The Iowa Innovation Founder Award recognizes individuals who, for the past ten years, have led the effort to change how economic success is measured, how to define gaps in the innovation eco-system and how those gaps are filled.
Dr. Crosbie grew up on a farm near Paullina. Monsanto officials say his association with agriculture is long-standing. Crosbie has a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Cytogenetics from Iowa State University. He joined Monsanto Company in 1996 as the Director of Global Wheat Breeding. He then joined the Seeds Business Team in the Ag Sector of Monsanto in 1998 and was named a Distinguished Fellow in Science in 2002 for his scientific leadership at Monsanto. In 2005, Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack named Crosbie to Chief Technology Officer for the State of Iowa.
“The award is a credit to Crosbie’s lifetime of work helping the state of Iowa with job creation and economic development,” said Dave Tierney, Monsanto’s director of MW region and community affairs. “Crosbie is very deserving of this award. He has volunteered so much of his time to the betterment of the state of Iowa.”
Monsanto’s Integrated Farming Systems Platform, launched in 2012, works to drive yield through proprietary breeding technology combined with equipment technology advances. The platform uses advanced seed genetics, on-farm agronomic practices, software and hardware innovations to enhance recommendations for seed optimization through next generation planting, fertility and water management.
About Iowa Innovation Corporation
The Iowa Innovation Corporation is a private non-profit organization created to implement specific innovation strategies developed by the business community to achieve the following goals: Accelerate good ideas into bankable ventures; build partnerships to create a statewide sustainable innovation network; and, advocate for ongoing innovation-based resources to grow Iowa’s economy.