Expert Spotlight – AgriThority® Board of Advisors

In our series, we focus on our AgriThority® experts and the work they do. In this installment, we are featuring our world-class AgriThority board of advisors, committed to accelerating success for our clients around the globe.

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Respected leaders with deep experience in agricultural innovation and commercialization make up the AgriThority® Board of Advisors. For the past four years, our world-class Board of Advisors has worked with us to improve our services, to stay abreast of trends, and to connect with other leaders around the globe.

Our current includes Jim Schultz, Martin Gruss, Valdemar Fischer, Adrian Percy and Stephen Mock.  We are excited to continue building strong relationships with these international industry leaders.

Jim Schultz, AgriThority Board of Advisors
Jim Schultz, Managing Partner, Open Prairie, is a fifth-generation agriculture investor and entrepreneur with over 40 years of investment experience. Schultz has been instrumental in starting and providing capital to companies throughout the country, including: Legacy Seed Companies, Vestaron Corporation, Agrivida, NewLeaf Symbiotics, and CommoditAg.

Martin Gruss, AgriThority Board of AdvisorsRecently retired after 40 years with Bayer, Martin Gruss has been a champion of ground-breaking achievements in seed-applied technologies that have created new market segments. During his tenure with Bayer, Gruss managed the Crop Protection business in Australia and New Zealand, in the country group for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, and then the global Bayer SeedGrowth unit. He remains committed to maximizing seed value and high yields for farmers while serving on the AgriThority Board of Advisors.Martin will represent AgriThority at the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit in London on September 20-21. He is excited to connect with colleagues from around the globe on behalf of AgriThority.  To schedule a meeting with Martin, email

Our newest members bring additional depth of experience and a wealth of knowledge about new technologies around the world.

Valdemar Fischer, AgriThority Board of AdvisorsAn international leader, Valdemar Fischer serves as Chairman of Syngenta Group LATAM at Syngenta Group in Panama City, Panama. His deep international experience extends from the U.S. and Mexico to Ecuador, Brazil, and Australia and he is a Certified Board Member of the Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance (IBGC).

Adrian Percy, AgriThority Board of AdvisorsWith more than 30 years of experience in the agricultural sector, Adrian Percy is an advocate of the need for, and benefits of, modern agriculture. He is also a strong proponent of the development and adoption of new agricultural and food technologies that support global food security while conserving the environment and supporting rural community development.

Stephen Mock, AgriThority Board of AdvisorsOur long-time financial counselor and Board of Advisor member, Stephen Mock brings more than 40 years in Public Accounting services to the discussions. His extensive experience has helped owner-managed businesses develop strategic plans and implement the related tactical steps to project completion. His focus on mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, and management issues is an invaluable perspective in this advisory capacity.

Forward-thinking agriculture experts with deep scientific experience are the core of AgriThority®. As an independent global science consultancy, we focus on exploring potential, expanding market access and evolving production for greater food security and sustainability. When your Research is ready for Development, turn to AgriThority for scientific business, market and product expertise.