Randy Madden

Agriculture Runs Deep in Iowa Family Farms

Farming is as much a family tradition as a business, and our 4th generation farm in Iowa will soon turn 100 years old. My great-grandfather purchased the farm in 1925, so in 2025 we will be recognized as a Century Farm. In Iowa, that is how they recognize 100 years of continuous ownership of farms. We feel very fortunate to continue that tradition as well as the family business.

In 2000, I made the decision to come back to the family farm full-time after receiving Ph. D. in plant physiology and molecular biology. Using my background from Iowa State and 40 years of farming experience, I am eager start new digital projects on our farm that help contribute to the data-driven decision-making process.

We’re standing at the threshold of some exciting new developments that will allow us to stay competitive on a world production stage as we innovate. We can grow a bushel of corn more efficiently with fewer resources than we’re doing today. Along with that, I think we can grow more bushels of corn on those acres. But I’m almost more excited for the short-term ability to produce food more efficiently with incredible benefits to our environment.

I have this vision for the future where modern technology helps farmers stay competitive in the world market, while providing healthier, more plentiful crops and improving the quality of life in a rapidly growing world.

Randy Madden
Randy Madden
Randy Madden
is a 4th generation Iowa farmer and brother-in-law to the President and CEO for Crop Science, a Division of Bayer, Jim Blome.
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