Tim Hassinger is no stranger to Indiana agriculture after having worked for Dow Agrosciences in Indianapolis for more than three decades, including a three-year stint as chief executive officer. His career in ag has taken him around the globe, but now he’s back in Indy and serves as CEO of ag tech startup IntelinAir Inc. In this week’s Ag+Bio+Science podcast, Hassinger explains how his career path brought him back to Indiana.
“Ag… it’s what I’ve been in my entire career, and I just love the industry. But I wanted to be involved in a different sector compared to what I had been in before. The excitement of doing something new was very compelling for me. I can tell you, I found it,” said Hassinger to this week’s podcast host AgriNovus Indiana Chief Executive Officer Mitch Frazier.
The Indianapolis-based precision agriculture company uses machine learning, computer vision and high-resolution imaging to pinpoint potential problems with crops through its AGMRI platform.
“We provide insights to farmers and retailers on what’s happening in their fields. We take imagery data, and then we do the analytics on the plants in the field. And we compare that to 50-plus machine learn patterns that indicate if there’s some type of agronomic issue,” explained Hassinger.
The company decided to relocate to Indianapolis last year. Hassinger says with the Corn Belt being a primary market for its platform, the decision made sense. Plus, the Hoosier State has a deep bench for ag tech talent.
“Indianapolis has access to the talent the type of talent that we’re looking for. Many of them have knowledge or experience in the ag market. The area’s close to our customer base. And it’s also an area that’s rapidly becoming known as an ag tech hub,” said Hassinger.
Hassinger joined Dow in 1984 and worked his way up to CEO of Indy-based Dow Agrosciences in 2014. The company later became known as Corteva Agriscience (NYSE: CTVA) as a result of the merger of Dow Chemical Company and DuPont.