Jane Ade Stevens is an “agricultural doer”, as one nominator stated. She currently works as the Senior Director of Programs for Indiana Soybean Alliance, Indiana Corn Marketing Council, and Indiana Corn Growers Association. She has also been called upon to serve as the Interim Executive Director for these groups. Jane graduated from Purdue with a B.S in Agriculture and was a member of the first graduate class from the Indiana Agricultural Leadership Program.
Jane has committed her professional career to serving agriculture. Her career has been one of communicating the importance of Indiana agriculture; of promoting Indiana farmers and their products; and defending agriculture against opposition groups of modern farming practices. One of the aspects that draw people to Jane is how passionate she is with sharing agriculture’s story with the non-agriculture public. Jane has exhibited this passion through her extensive career in agriculture. She has led producer trade missions to other countries to promote Indiana’s agricultural commodities. These missions also developed farmer spokespersons to educate fellow farmers on the importance of foreign markets and trade. When Jim Moseley was appointed Assistant Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment for the USDA, Jane was his first choice as Chief of Staff. Jane has also contributed to the Indiana State Fair by managing the Pioneer Our Land Pavilion and the Agriculture/Horticulture Building Exhibits.
Her passion has also led her to help others spread the message and importance of agriculture. She has spent countless hours working with members of 4-H, FFA, the Indiana Ag Leadership Program, and the Center for Agricultural Heritage and Science to develop leaders for the future. Jane also helps Indiana livestock producers develop skills to defend their right to operate using modern agricultural practices. This was so important to her that she founded the Indiana Livestock Alliance. Additionally she gives her time and service to numerous organizations dedicated to communication within agriculture. She is a member of the American Association of Agricultural Editors, National Farm Broadcasters Association, and Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow as well as various leadership boards.