Agronomy Geeks, Ep 3: Ellen Sparry


There are so many different roles in the farming and agriculture industry, it’s rare to find someone who ended up in exactly the job they always thought they’d have. More often than not, a string of opportunities is presented to a person with talents and interests and the wherewithal to pursue them, and — boom — a few decades later, you’re a researcher, or a CEO, or a plant breeder.

Ellen Sparry, general manager of C & M Seeds, didn’t set out to run a seed company, but her interests, abilities, and opportunities conspired to move her into a career that’s sitting at two decades and counting with the company.

As Sparry shares in the Agronomy Geeks below, running a research program, balancing the demands of farmers and consumers, and serving a small geographic area has its challenges, but also its own rewards.

From being open to new opportunities, to the value in international travel and association work, and on to if we’ll we ever solve the fusarium head blight problem, hear that and more in this edition of Agronomy Geeks.

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