INDIANAPOLIS — Brian Barker, native Hoosier, has returned to
the Indiana, after working in Argentina, to take on the new role of U.S. seeds
general manager at Dow AgroSciences.
Prior to accepting the new position, the Indiana University
graduate spent three years in Buenos Aires, where he was regional commercial
leader for Dow AgroSciences’ Southern Cone business unit — which includes
Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay and Bolivia.
While there, he led crop protection, seeds and healthy oils
business activities’ for the region.
Although they will miss aspects of Argentina, Barker and his
family are happy to be back in Indianapolis.
Q: What does your new position
A: As the general manager of U.S. seeds for Dow
AgroSciences, I am responsible for all U.S. seed brands including our national
brands, Mycogen brand seeds and PhytoGen cottonseed, and our affiliate brands,
Brodbeck Seeds, Prairie Brand Seeds, Dairyland Seed and Pfister Seeds. I also
oversee traits and germplasm licensing activities in the United States.
Q: What are your goals for the new
A: After years of heavy investment and technological
successes, our U.S. seeds business is one of the fastest-growing in the
industry. We’re experiencing this rapid growth through multiple brands.
Our goal is to accelerate the growth through our great
people, channel partners and one of the best pipelines of genetics and traits in
We’re also capitalizing on the breadth of our total
portfolio across seeds and crop protection, including the Enlist Weed Control
System for corn, soybeans and cotton. Regulatory approvals are pending for the
Q: Are you excited to be back?
A: As a native Hoosier, it is great to be back home again
and close to family, friends and colleagues. We enjoyed and benefited both
personally and professionally, from our experience in Argentina and will miss
the close friends, people and culture of that amazing country.
Q: Have you always been interested
A: I come from a family that has been living and working on
farms in Indiana for many generations. Agriculture has always been close at
As a graduate of Indiana University, my education and
initial career opportunities led me to The Dow Chemical Co. in industrial sales
and marketing, but eventually brought me back to agriculture at Dow
Q: How has your career at Dow
progressed over the years?
A: My career at Dow AgroSciences has involved many diverse
commercial roles in both seeds and crop protection, including selling corn and
soybean products in the Midwest, cotton in the midsouth and, eventually, to a
global business unit where I managed herbicide and insecticide development
Then, I led our global corn, sorghum and alfalfa seed and
biotechnology businesses. I was able to combine everything together as regional
commercial leader of the Southern Cone region and experience the power of the
Q: What have you learned?
A: The diversity of roles, crops, technologies and
geographies, along with the growth the company experienced, has provided
constant learning. I’ve been blessed to work with and for many world-class
people along the way who have all expanded my scope of thinking, as well as
reinforced the value of good leadership.
Q: What new innovation and
technology excites you?
A: We have a robust and diverse pipeline across both seeds
and crop protection. There has never been a more exciting time to work for or
with Dow AgroSciences. We’ve received positive feedback for the Enlist Weed
Control System from growers participating in on-farm research plots. The
technology will provide growers with a valuable new weed-control platform.
Q: What makes Dow AgroSciences
A: Dow AgroSciences has a simple, yet-proven formula for
success: “Technology + People Results.” I am very proud to tell you that we have
one of the more robust, if not the most robust, pipelines of new technology, in
both seeds and crop protection, of any company in the world.
And the real driver of our success is the people. This
includes not only our dedicated, innovative and trusted employees, but also
close channel partners.