The American Seed Trade Industry tapped a young Hoosier with a prestigious honor at the 127th meeting of the association. Doug Hubner was names as a 2010 Future Giant of the Seed Industry. The ward is co-sponsored by an industry trade publication, SeedWorld.
Indiana Prairie Farmer interviewed Hubner just a few short years ago, and featured him in a story about the evolving seed industry. His family's company produced seed for other companies, but also sold seed under the Hubner brand name in the eastern U.S. Headquarters are located in West Lebanon in extreme west-central Indiana.
Since the interview, Hubner Seeds became a part of the ASI seed group owned by Monsanto. Stewart Seeds, Greensburg, another Indiana seed company, is also a part of ASI Seeds today.
Hubner proceeded through the ranks at his parent's seed company. He didn't get an automatic offer to enter into a position in the head office. Instead, he has spent time working with customers and in the field in various capacities.
Hubner, 27, graduated from Purdue University in ag economics and business marketing in 2005. Since last year, he's become part of another family business, Hubner Industries. This side of the company grows quality seed for other companies in the seed business.
Several ASI companies were acquired by Monsanto through the years in a similar manner. Monsanto purchased the sales arm of the company and brand rights. The original owners maintained control of the physical assets. That was the case with Stewart Seeds. In that situation, the original owners also formed a separate company to produce seed for others.
Writing the release about Hubner's accomplishments was Julie Douglas, an Indiana farm girl from Flat Rock in Shelby County. Her father, Jim Douglas, is an Indiana Prairie Farmer/ Purdue University College of Agriculture Master Farmer.
Douglas graduated from Purdue in ag communications. She worked at Purdue in the ag communications service department, taking charge of Ag Answers, a weekly feature that provides news leads to media outlets throughout Indiana and Ohio. The service is co-sponsored by Purdue and Ohio State University. At the first of the year, she resigned to take a position in communications with the American Seed Trade Association, based in Washington, D.C. Jennifer Stewart replaced her as writer of Ag Answers.
Douglas was featured in the December 2009 issue of Indiana Prairie Farmer in the cover story. The article related her experiences traveling in Afghanistan as a journalist last year. That trip was part of a Purdue effort to help improve the level of agricultural training in the war-torn country.