Seed technology has played a key role in driving Iowa's agricultural production to previously unimaginable heights. Harry Stine, CEO of Stine Seed, talks about challenges he faced starting and growing his own businesses, as well as the increasing importance of continued seed genetic innovations. He also talks about emerging issues facing today's farmers and offers advice to students interested in careers in ag.
A native of Dallas County, in 1965 young Mr. Stine became interested in soybean plant breeding after finding some unusual soybean plants in a farm field. That led to the founding of Stine Seed Farms and the genetic licensing company Midwest Oilseeds. In 1979 retail soybean sales started with Stine Soybean Seeds.