Joseph Kelsay
Joseph Kelsay

INDIANAPOLIS — Feeding an ever-growing world is a challenge facing all of agriculture, and two Dow AgroSciences employees have been honored for their commitment to advancing agricultural solutions.

Joseph Kelsay, senior manager of biotechnology affairs, and Dwain Rule, biology team leader, have been named to Vance Publishing’s “40 under 40 in Agriculture Awards” for their impact on both their organization and the industry as a whole.

Selected from a field of more than 200 nominations, Kelsay and Rule were named to this elite and diverse group of young agricultural leaders who will shape the future of the industry and help advance the cause of doubling food production by 2050, according to contest organizers.

Award criteria focused on passion for agriculture, demonstrated involvement in the food industry and notable records of achievement.

Kelsay is a tireless champion of agriculture, serving as an advocate in numerous ways. Along with his work at Dow AgroSciences, he is a partner with his father and brother at Kelsay Farms, a dairy and crop operation with 500 milking cows and more than 2,200 acres.

In addition, he and his wife are active in agricultural outreach, conducting farm tours and educational visits for nearly 20,000 visitors annually. He was the Indiana director of agriculture from 2009 to 2013.

In 2012, Kelsay served as president of the Midwest Association of State Departments of Agriculture, as well as the Food Export Association of the Midwest USA.

He also has served on the Dean of Agriculture’s Advisory Council at Purdue University, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture’s Advisory Board and the Indiana FFA Board of Directors. Kelsay is a 2008 graduate of AgrIInstitute, Indiana’s premier agricultural leadership program.

Rule has worked in the agriculture industry to provide new crop production solutions for grower yield improvements.

At Dow AgroSciences, he has been instrumental in the company’s biotechnology efforts to advance corn technology. He develops research programs that predict product performance and durability in order to bring farmers insect-resistant crops that are better able to protect themselves from pests.

He has focused on breakthrough technology that is effective and also convenient for farmers to use which enhances a sustainable approach to production. An example of a key product he helped bring to market is the company’s Refuge Advanced powered by SmartStax.