Published On: 05/26/2020Categories: AgriNovus News, Talent

AgriNovus Indiana expands its team

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INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 20, 2020) — AgriNovus Indiana, the state’s initiative to promote and accelerate the growth of the agbioscience sector, is expanding its team with several new additions to support its growing public education and awareness, and talent efforts.

Cayla Chiddister joins AgriNovus as content manager and will continue the creation, development and promotion of Indiana’s agbioscience story through multiple channels. Previously, Chiddister served in broadcast and marketing roles with Hoosier Ag Today and Cumulus Media, starting her on-air career in New Castle, Ind. Most recently, she served on the media experiences team at The Simon Property Group. Chiddister has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Indiana University.

AgriNovus has also added several contractors to the team to help with the expansion of some of its key programs. Skylar Clingan joins as the agbioscience talent specialist focused on researching and developing agbioscience career pathways and certifications. He will also help in developing the Field Atlas ambassador program that will launch later this year in conjunction with the agbioscience career discovery tool Field Atlas. Amy Kelsay joins as project lead for youth entrepreneurship with her focus on exploring partnerships and opportunities in youth entrepreneurship development.

“AgriNovus continues to show its commitment to advancing the agbiosciences sector through key additions to its team,” said Aaron Schacht, executive vice president of Innovation, Regulatory & Business Development at Elanco, who serves as interim president and CEO of AgriNovus Indiana. “As the initiative expands its public education and awareness efforts, it is also focused on the importance of attracting and retaining top talent to the agbiosciences through a number of new programs including Field Atlas and youth apprenticeships. These are all areas that are essential for the expansion of the sector.”

About AgriNovus Indiana
AgriNovus Indiana is the state’s initiative focused on advancing the agbiosciences sector as a nationally recognized leader through education, research and talent development; strategic collaborations among corporations, industry associations, government and universities; the creation and support of new companies; and branding and targeted promotions to elevate the sector. AgriNovus Indiana is part of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP), an effort dedicated to the region’s continued prosperity and growth. To learn more about AgriNovus Indiana, visit

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