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CommoditAg Accelerates Growth Plan with New CEO
Illinois Ag Connection - 08/14/2019

CommoditAg, Effingham, Ill., announced that John Demerly has joined the organization, assuming the role of chief executive officer. In his role at CommoditAg, Demerly will steer future growth of the organization as CommoditAg expands its market footprint and offerings.

"We are extremely pleased to have attracted someone with John's talents and experience to lead the organization as we continue to build-out a national and eventual global marketplace," said Bruce Vernon, board chairman.

Vernon added, "CommoditAg's growth requires a skilled leader such as John to fulfill our vision of being the farmer's choice for e-commerce input needs and market access for suppliers through our network of carefully selected participants with fulfillment capabilities."

"CommoditAg's unique business model proactively brings progressive ag retailers and e-commerce together providing farmers the opportunity of choice and the ability to purchase agricultural inputs through different channels to fit their individual needs. I look forward to leading the growth of the organization while expanding our market footprint and broader choice for farmers," says Demerly.

Growing up on a farm, Demerly has spent the vast majority of his 22-year career working in all facets of the agriculture industry, including leadership roles at Corteva AgriScience, Adayana Agribusiness Group and the Indiana FFA Organization.

Demerly's past experiences include category and brand development and leadership of major industry brands, sales leadership of both seed and crop protection organizations, leadership of industry wide-strategic plans including Soy 2020 Vision and the Illinois Agriculture strategic plan, and providing strategic consulting expertise to numerous global agriculture organizations.

Demerly received his BS and MS in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University and his MBA from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.

Demerly has served on the board of directors for the Agricultural Retailers Association and Purdue University College of Agriculture Dean's Advisory Council, amongst other volunteer organizations.

CommoditAg is the local and direct solution for farmers wanting high quality agriculture products at a value. The website lets growers order crop protection and plant nutrition products directly to their door or to one of the many cooperating facilities for easy pick-up.

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