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Mr. Brian Wise          Sector Advisor: Feed and Feed Additives; Meat, Dairy and Egg Production; Crop
Carmel, IN              Production Operations (Land and Facilities)
Picture coming          Mr. Brian Wise has 30 years of finance, banking, operations, and management
                        experience in ag businesses and is currently a Commercial Banking Manager
                        for Midwest Ag Finance in Rushville, IN, where he originates and manages a
                        commercial loan portfolio of rural and agricultural businesses in Indiana, Ohio
                        and Michigan.

                        Previously, Mr. Wise was a principal at BrightPath Capital, a private equity firm
                        focused on food and agriculture. Prior to that, Mr. Wise was VP of Mergers and
                        Acquisitions for Teays River Investments, an investment fund that accumulated
                        and managed farm real estate in ten states on behalf of institutional investors.
                        Prior to Teays River, Mr. Wise served as VP and General Manager of the Farm
                        Division of JBS United, Inc, where he managed $70 million in sales with 150
                        employees in commercial hog farms located in 5 states.

                        Prior to joining JBS United, Mr. Wise was a commercial banker for 20 years
                        with Key Bank, Indiana National Bank, and the Louisville Bank for Cooperatives,
                        where he maintained and developed banking relationships with food and grain
                        processors, country elevators, farm supply wholesalers, seed processors, and
                        farm machinery manufacturers throughout the Midwest.

                        After growing up in Carmel, Indiana, Brian received his Bachelor of Science
                        degree in Farm and Business Management from Purdue University. He is very
                        active his church and the Indiana Ag Leadership Program but has found time to
                        run the Indianapolis Mini-Marathon 22 of the last 23 years. Brian and his wife
                        Jeannie live in Carmel, IN, and their grown daughters _____ and _____ live in
                        Chicago and Indianapolis.

Dr. Jeff Higgins        Sector Advisor: Fertilizer and Chemical Technology; Golf, Turf, Horticulture &
Birmingham, AL          Specialty Distribution
Picture coming          Dr. Jeff Higgins is recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on
                        fertilizer technologies. Dr. Higgins is currently the Director of Agronomy for
                        ValleyCrest Golf Course Maintenance, where he is the Company’s senior
                        technical officer and is responsible for the formulation of cost effective
                        agronomic programs for all golf courses. ValleyCrest Golf Maintenance
                        (Calabasas, CA) is the nation’s largest provider of landscape design,
                        construction, and maintenance services, nursery tree production, and golf
                        course construction and maintenance.

                        Prior to joining ValleyCrest, Dr. Higgins was Director of Marketing for Agrium
                        Advanced Technologies, who acquired Pursell Technologies, Inc. in 2006. Dr.
                        Higgins spent the prior nine years with Pursell Technologies in various
                        management positions and developed and commercialized Precise fertilizer
                        technology during his tenure at Pursell.
                    Dr. Higgins has over 20 years experience in the turfgrass industry and had
                    previously held positions as Extension Turfgrass Specialist at Auburn
                    University, Director of Golf Services for Southern Turf Nurseries, Director of
                    Specialty Products for Pennington Seed, Inc., and Dimension Technical
                    Product Manager for Monsanto. He has also served as an Adjunct Turfgrass
                    Professor at Kansas State University.

                    Jeff earned his Ph.D. in Agronomy, with a major emphasis in Turfgrass
                    Management and Weed Science, from Clemson University and earned an M.S.
                    in Agronomy and Soils and a B.S. in Plant Protection from Auburn University.
                    He resides in Birmingham, AL, when he is not running around the country
                    looking after ___ golf courses.


Ms. Kim Nicholson   Sector Advisor: Crop Chemicals; Biopesticides and Plant Growth Regulators
Atlanta, GA
                    Ms. Kim Nicholson is CEO, President, and Co-Founder of N-Focus Partners, LLC,
                    a consulting company that provides management, marketing, finance,
                    operations, and sales leadership advice to many start up businesses in the
                    agricultural, chemical, and manufacturing industries.

                    Ms. Nicholson was most recently President of the Consumer Products division
                    of Chemtura corporation where she managed the global enterprise consisting
                    of 900 employees in North America, Europe, South Africa and Australia/New
                    Zealand with 5 dedicated manufacturing facilities. During her tenure she re-
                    structured to reduce division costs, improve margin and focus resources on the
                    most profitable segments of the enterprise. Prior to her appointment as
                    Group President she led the U.S. sales team for Chemtura’s BioLab division.

                    Before joining Chemtura, Ms. Nicholson held the position of VP of Sales and
                    Marketing of Nutra-Park, Inc. a biotech firm specializing in plant growth
                    regulators. Ms. Nicholson also served as Director of Global Supply Chain for
                    BASF where she managed project groups in Europe, North America and Latin
                    America to optimize projects and processes in the manufacturing and supply
                    chain. She joined BASF as National Sales Manager for the US crop protection
                    division where she led the integration and restructuring of the team post the
                    acquisition of American Cyanamid.

                    Kim began her career with American Cyanamid’s crop protection division
                    where she held a number of sales and marketing roles, including the launch of
                    two brands and revitalization of two others. She also served as Director of
                    Retail Distribution where she managed the promotions and programs for the
                    company’s network of 2000+ dealers.

                    Kim graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Crop and Soil Science.
                    Kim and her husband Keith live in Buford, GA with their two children.

                    For more information on N-Focus Partners see www.nfocuspartners.com .
Mr. Dean Cavey      Sector Advisor: Biotechnology and Seeds; Horticulture; Seed Marketing & Sales
Champaign, IL
                    Mr. Dean Cavey is the Managing Partner of Verdant Partners of Champaign, IL.
                    Mr. Cavey has 30 years experience in the worldwide seed industry,
                    horticulture, and agribusiness. From 1991 to 1998, Mr. Cavey was President of
                    AgriCapital Corporation. Assignments included crop genetics mergers,
                    acquisitions and divestitures, debt and equity financing, and financial
                    consulting.

                    Mr. Cavey was previously President and Chief Operating Officer of United
                    AgriSeeds, Inc. from 1989 through 1990. Previously, he was Vice President of
                    Finance and Administration beginning in 1983. The Company was sold to Dow
                    Chemical Co. in December, 1987. From 1977 through 1982, Mr. Cavey was Vice
                    President of Finance at Amfac Nurseries, a horticulture production and
                    marketing company. In 1980, American Garden Products was acquired by
                    Amfac Nurseries. From 1972 through 1976, Mr. Cavey served as a Certified
                    Public Accountant with Arthur Andersen and Co., specializing in audit, tax, and
                    management consulting.

                    Mr. Cavey holds a degree in finance and accounting from Ohio University,
                    Athens, Ohio.

                    For more information on Verdant Partners see www.verdantpartners.com .


Mr. Dale Monceaux   Sector Advisor: Corn Ethanol Optimization Technology; Emerging Ethanol
Cincinnati, OH      Technology; Biodiesel Technology
Picture coming      Mr. Dale Monceaux is a co-founder and principal of AdvanceBio, a firm which
                    provides consulting services and technology to the growing global biofuels
                    industry and emerging biochemical sector. The AdvanceBio team, including co-
                    founder Mr. Bipin Shroff, have deep experience in operations, management,
                    engineering and technology, and process development in starch, sugar and
                    lignocellulosic-based bioethanol.

                    Mr. Monceaux is a leading ethanol technologist with more than 30 years
                    experience in process technology development and plant design, construction,
                    commissioning, startup and operations in petrochemical and renewable fuels.
                    Mr. Monceaux has experience in oil refining, molasses- and grain-based
                    distillery quality control, operations, and production. He is a frequent speaker
                    at biofuels industry events and has served as an instructor in fuel alcohol
                    production at the well-known annual Alcohol School training symposium.

                    Mr. Monceaux previously spent 15 years with Katzen International where he
                    was a Senior Vice President and a board member while focusing on
                    international project and business development with a concentration on
                    advanced enzymatic hydrolysis, fermentation, distillation and separation
                    technologies.

                    Dale was raised in _____ , Louisiana and earned a bachelor's degree in zoology
                    from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA. Dale and his wife _____ live
                    in ______, Ohio. children??___

                    For more information on AdvanceBio see www.advancebiollc.com .


Mr. Jim McCallie    Sector Advisor:
Greenwood, IN       Global Macro and Impacts on CAFÉ Markets
                    Energy and Commodity Risk Management
Picture coming      Mr. Jim McCallie is the owner of HedgeRight Energy Solutions, LLC, an energy
                    risk management consulting firm. Jim has extensive background in the area of
                    commodity risk management, hedging, and energy consulting. His firm focuses
                    on educating clients on energy price risk and developing and implementing
                    appropriate risk management strategies to manage volatile fuel risk in
                    corporate budgets. He publishes a daily newsletter for clients on global
                    macroeconomic developments and market moves in the diesel, gasoline,
                    natural gas, propane, jet fuel, and bunker (ocean) fuel markets.

                    Mr. McCallie previously spent five years at F.C. Stone in Indianapolis, IN as an
                    energy risk consultant who developed and managed a team responsible for
                    prospecting, developing, and managing new accounts for energy and fuel risk
                    management. Prior to that he worked with Archer Daniels Midland as a
                    commodity trader and merchandiser, originating multiple grain varieties for
                    domestic use and export.

                    Jim grew up on a grain and livestock farm in Kansas. During college he served
                    internships at ContiBeef in Dalhart, TX, Bartlett Grain in Kansas City, MO, and
                    ConAgra Milling in Blackwell, OK while working to complete a dual B.S. degree
                    in Agriculture Economics and Animal Science & Industry from Kansas State
                    University in Manhattan, KS. In addition to holding a Series 3 License from the
                    National Commodities Futures Association, Jim is also a certified private pilot.
                    Jim was recently married and he and his wife Amy live in Greenwood, IN.


Mr. Chris Higgins   Sector Advisor:
Euless, TX          Greenhouse and Hydroponic Production
                    Horticultural Equipment, Supplies, and Distribution
                   Mr. Chris Higgins is the General Manager and Co-Owner of Hort Americas, LLC,
                   an international distributor of horticultural commercial equipment, supply
                   goods and services for the North American greenhouse vegetable and niche
                   ornamental market. In addition, he operates a consulting firm to assist
                   manufacturers (as well as sales and marketing firms) better place, position and
                   sell products and/or services aimed at either the commercial or the retail
                   horticultural market.

                   Mr. Higgins previously was the VP Sales and Marketing for AgroDynamics-
                   Grodan North America, who is a large Netherlands-based supplier and
                   distributor of substrates and other supplies to the greenhouse production
                   industry. His roles there included line management responsibility for North
                   American sales/sales support teams, budgeting, forecasting, profit
                   management, hiring and recruiting, vendor management, product positioning,
                   contract negotiations, market development and strategic planning for both
                   retail and commercial markets.

                   Prior to AD/Grodan, Mr. Higgins spent seven years in sales, sales management,
                   and marketing roles for Olympic Horticultural Products (now OHP). His
                   responsibilities included distributor and dealer product training, account
                   management, end-user pull-through sales, direct sales calls, industry
                   educational programs(CEU’s)/tradeshow and intern management.

                   Chris received his Bachelors of Science Degree from Olivet College in Olivet,
                   MI, where in addition to being on the Dean’s list for four years and receiving
                   the outstanding senior award he also played collegiate basketball, serving as
                   co-captain and receiving Honorable Mention for All-MIAA Basketball (Div III
                   NCAA) in 1996. Chris lives in Euless, TX when he is not on the road helping
                   horticultural businesses.

                   For more information on Hort Americas see www.hortamericas.com .


Mr. Dean Potratz   Sector Advisor: Branded Ag & Food Marketing; Agricultural Life Sciences
Milwaukee, WI
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