Dave Nanda joins Seed Consultants Inc. as Director of Genetics and Technology. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from around the world to the Eastern Corn Belt. Before coming to the United States, he worked with the Rockefeller Foundation in India collecting corn and millets germplasm. He holds a PhD in Agronomy and Genetics from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and also worked closely with Dekalb Seed Operations in Argentina, India and Europe.
Throughout his career he has focused on plant breeding, product development and selection. He looks forward to helping Eastern Corn Belt farmers with agronomics, corn genetics and new technologies. “With the fast changing world of genetics and technology, I think a company such as SCI needs personnel who can communicate with other scientists, seed consultants and farmers.” Dave has been communicating with farmers as a consultant to Prairie Farmer magazine since 2007 and he’s known as CornDoc1 on Twitter, a social network.
Says SCI President Chris Jeffries, “I have known Dr. Nanda for nearly 30 years. He is well respected within the industry and I am excited about the expertise and knowledge he brings to Seed Consultants. I look for Dr. Nanda to be an integral part of our efforts to sustain our growth and to double SCI’s size in the next 5 to 7 years.”
Early in his career Dave had a goal. “Coming to America for higher education was my dream. Corn hybrids were invented in the U.S. and I wanted to learn everything I could about corn breeding.” His experience includes research director at Stewart Seeds, Inc. in Greensburg, IN, Seedtec International in Carrollton, IL, O’s Gold in Parkersburg, IA, and as a corn breeder with Pfizer Genetics, Windfall, IN, and SuperCrost Hybrids, Kentland, IN. Most recently he was president of Bird Hybrids in Tiffin, OH.
Dave lives in Indianapolis, IN, with his wife Connie, who he grew up with in New Delhi, India. The couple has two sons, Arvin, a physician in Dayton and Paul a doctor at The Ohio State University Medical College.