Fields joined the NCGA in 2004 as the manager of research, working initially on research and development for new uses for corn. In the intervening years, he has led the organization’s work on many issues including biotechnology, crop inputs, trade and economic analysis.
“Nathan has excelled both in his work and in leading his fellow employees over his tenure and, with this new role, we are confident that he will excel in bringing his history of success to the critical work of market development,” NCGA CEO Jon Doggett said.
During his tenure, Fields has served the NCGA and its state-affiliated organizations on many issues of critical importance to the bottom line of corn farmers nationwide. From helping to defend key crop protection chemicals to working diligently on biotech regulations at home and abroad, his leadership in situations with significant public scrutiny have shown his steady nature, sharp insight and distinct intellect will allow him to succeed in this new role.
Prior to his employment with the NCGA, Fields worked in the bio-pharmaceutical industry managing research and development, production and process development of pharmaceuticals, pharmaceutical excipients, custom bulk molecule synthesis, protein/DNA extraction and purification. His post-undergraduate work included involvement with the private sector effort on sequencing the human genome.
Fields graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor of science in biology and earned his master’s of business administration at the Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville.
In other NCGA news, Neil Caskey has been selected to serve as vice president of communications, beginning Monday, Oct. 15. Caskey will build upon the organization’s ongoing communications efforts to create and increase opportunities for corn growers.
“For more than 20 years, Neil has helped global agribusinesses, nonprofits, and government agencies connect with their audiences,” said NCGA CEO Jon Doggett. “We are looking forward to having his vast experience in building brands, along with his creativity and energy at NCGA.”
Caskey currently serves as the Executive Vice President of Osborn Barr, an agriculture-focused agency in St. Louis. Prior to joining O+B, he held the titles of Special Assistant to the CEO and Director of Industry and Public Relations for the American Soybean Association.
Early in his career, Caskey managed a portfolio of policy issues for Ameren, a local public power company. He began his career on Capitol Hill, handling agriculture, energy and transportation issues in the office of former U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof, a Republican from Missouri.
Caskey holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Webster University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia.