Apex Award Winner 2013 - Joe Kelsay
Joe Kelsay graduated from Purdue with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Economics. A sixth generation dairy and crop farmer, Joe farms with his father and brother in Johnson County where they milk around 500 Holsteins and raise corn, soybeans, alfalfa and wheat. The farm is a Hoosier Homestead farm, and last year celebrated its 175th year. Joe partners with his wife Amy to operate her farm tour business, Kelsay Farm Tours LLC. Last year nearly 20,000 visitors had the chance to learn about agriculture on the dairy.
Off the farm, Joe is employed by Dow AgroSciences, on the Global Regulatory and Government Affairs Team as Senior Manager of Biotechnology Affairs. He enjoys the opportunities that Dow AgroSciences offers to advance novel, sustainable solutions for agriculture, from the farm to the consumer.
Prior to his role with Dow AgroSciences, Joe served Indiana as the Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA). While at ISDA, Joe worked on efforts of agricultural advocacy and education, soil and water conservation and agricultural economic development.
As a life-long champion for agriculture, Joe played other supporting roles off the farm. He served on the Purdue University Dean of Agriculture’s Advisory Council, served as president of the Indiana Dairy Producers, was a board member for the Indiana FFA Foundation and many years ago served as a State FFA Officer. Other experiences include the Indiana State Fair Board and Commission, State Young Farmer Committee for Indiana Farm Bureau, and AgrIInstitute—Indiana’s premiere agricultural leadership program.Joe and his wife Amy live in Johnson County and have three children Jenna, Josie and Jack.