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Board of Directors


PeteNelson2Pete Nelson
Chairman & CEO Pete has been actively involved in building the support ecosystem for new agricultural enterprises for over 10 years working with a variety of public and private sector partners. He has helped launch multiple startup companies, as well as develop sector specific initiatives to fund, incubate, and accelerate agricultural companies with high growth potential.

 dfaulknerDouglas Faulkner
For two decades Doug Faulkner has been a leader in expanding the global use of renewable energy and energy efficiency, as well as forging new partnerships between agricultural, energy, and environment. In the U.S. government, he served in several senior political assignments for President George W. Bush for the duration of his Administration including Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at DOE and Acting Under Secretary for the Office of Rural Development at USDA.

BrianGoodwinBrian Goodwin
Brian is an entrepreneur with expertise in agbiotech, biologics, seed coating, and agriproduct distribution channels. Formerly he was President and CEO of Floratine Products Group, Inc., before selling that company in September 2007, and forming FBSciences. Since the formation of FBSciences the company has raised $26 million and is generating $8 million in annual sales. Prior to Floratine, he was with Acadian Seaplants Ltd., a bio-nutrient company in Canada, where he was instrumental in the creation of international sales and marketing systems.

BudHughesThomas “Bud” Hughes
Thomas F. (“Bud”) Hughes is a 30-year veteran of the seed and crop genetics industry and is a partner with Verdant Partners LLC., a leading business brokerage and consulting group for agribusiness. Hughes is the former CEO of Memphis-based Stoneville Pedigreed Seed Company, historically a global leader in advanced cotton genetics. Under Hughes’ direction, Stoneville successfully developed and commercialized the world’s first biotech cotton products, grew to record sales and earnings and, after several acquisitions, ended up as an integral component of the seed business at Bayer CropScience.