Beth Bechdol is Ice Miller's director of agribusiness strategies and is responsible for coordinating and managing the Firm's agricultural law team and services. She serves as the president and CEO of AgriNovus Indiana, and served as president of the Agribusiness Council of Indiana from July 2010 through January 2017.

Beth was the former deputy director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA). As the deputy director of the first-ever ISDA, she had an integral role in establishing the agency and crafting the strategic plan for Indiana agriculture put forward by then-Governor Mitch Daniels. She was directly involved in ISDA’s international trade and investment activities, participating in Governor Daniels’ four trade missions and coordinating Lt. Governor Becky Skillman’s two agricultural trade missions.

Her dedication to public service in agriculture and her extensive trade and farm policy experience extends beyond this role in Indiana to Washington, D.C. where she served in key roles at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and on the Senate Agriculture Committee under Indiana Senator Richard G. Lugar.

Beth began her career working with large agribusiness companies in the Washington office of Sparks Companies, Inc. (now Informa Economics), one of the nation’s leading agricultural consulting firms. As the first female vice president in the firm, she assisted clients in understanding critical agricultural issues such as biotechnology, changing farm structure, global trade, federal farm policy, risk management tools, among other major trends.

Beth received her bachelor's degree from Georgetown University in international law and international affairs. She completed her master's degree at Purdue University in agricultural economics. She was raised on a corn and soybean farm in Auburn, Indiana.

Beth Bechdol is not licensed to practice law in any state and does not provide legal services.
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  • Moderator for 2017 Indiana Agbiosciences Innovation Summit, Nov. 29, 2017, organized by AgriNovus Indiana.
  • "Food and Ag Innovation in Indiana," AT&T IoT Civic Hackathon, Launch Fishers, Apr. 21, 2017
  • "The Solid Foundation of the Ag Economy," Eyes on the Economy - A Conversation with Women Leaders, Indiana Council for Economic Education, Nov. 12, 2015
  • "Your Professional Network:  Who You Know Does Matter!", Learning From Leaders Series, Purdue College of Agriculture, Mar. 23, 2015
  • "Having Your Cake and Eating it Too Or ... Making the Most of What Life Offers You," Purdue University Women in Business Seminar, Mar. 8, 2014
  • "Industry and Policy Trends Facing Agriculture," Cummins Agricultural Seminar, Aug. 22, 2013
  • "What Lies Ahead for Agriculture in 2013?", Equipment Technologies Supplier Meeting, Jan. 15, 2013
  • "Hang On! There's Too Much At Stake! Post-Election Impacts on Agriculture and the Farm Bill," Ice Miller-Sikich Agribusiness Seminar, Dec. 5, 2012
  • "The 2012 Farm Bill and Other Federal Issues," Equipment Technologies, July 24, 2012
  • "The 2012 Farm Bill and Other Federal Issues," Texas Bar Association, May 31, 2013
  • "Food and Agricultural Innovation–21st Century Opportunities for Indiana," AgriInstitute Ag Leadership Program Class Session, Apr. 5, 2012
  • "Food and Agricultural Technology and Innovation in Indiana - Assets and Opportunities for Growth," BioCrossroads Frameworx Series, Mar. 1, 2012
  • "Is Anything Going Right With Agriculture When Everything Seems to be Going Wrong?", Markle Bank Customer Meeting, Feb. 9, 2012
  • "Is Anything Going Right With Agriculture When Everything Seems to be Going Wrong?", Equipment Technologies Customer Meeting, Jan. 24, 2012
  • Moderated Senator Richard Lugar/Congressman Marlin Stutzman Farm Bill Listening Session, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Aug. 25, 2011
  • "Food and Agriculture Policy - What Is It and What Should It Look Like?", National FFA New Century Farmer Program, July 27, 2011
  • "A Look Inside the Beltway... Agriculture's Policy and Political Future," Farmers and Merchants Bank Breakfast Meeting, Feb. 25, 2011
  • "Agriculture - Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century," 2011 Nebraska Pork Industry Day, Feb. 23, 2011
  • "A Look Inside the Beltway... Agriculture's Policy and Political Future," Kennedy and Coe, LLC Agribusiness Retreat, Feb. 9, 2011
  • "It Takes More than a Garden," Central States Enterprises, July 7, 2010
  • "New Policy and Tax Directions for Agribusiness," Ice Miller/Crowe Horwath Webinar, Aug. 20, 2009
  • "Today's Political Landscape - Impacts on Agriculture," DeKalb County Community Foundation Agriculture Breakfast, Mar. 12, 2009
  • "Agriculture's Age of Uncertainty - Markets vs. Politics," Wells Fargo Bank Ag Seminar (Northeastern Indiana), Feb. 17, 2009
  • "Agricultural Trade - Long-Term Market and Policy Prospects," Purdue Women in Agriculture Conference, Feb. 5, 2009
  • "The 2008 Farm Bill - Policy Perspectives - What's Next?", American Agricultural Law Association 29th Annual Symposium, Oct. 25, 2008
  • "What's Ahead for Agriculture? One View...," Purdue Women in Agriculture Stakeholder Luncheon, June 11, 2008
  • Panelist, “Future Trends in the Food Industry and the Impact it Will Have on Food Banking,” Community Harvest Food Bank Board Education Panel, Oct. 9, 2007
  • Featured Speaker at DePauw Discourse, “The Truth About Sustainable Agriculture,” DePauw University, Oct. 5, 2007
  • “Economic Development's Opportunities in Indiana Agriculture,” Indiana Economic Development Corporation Development Council Basic Training, Jan. 9, 2007
  • “Indiana Agriculture – The Year Behind and the Year Ahead,” Midwest Women in Agriculture Conference, Mar. 15–16, 2006
  • Various County and Regional Economic Development Meetings and Seminars, May 2005–Nov. 2007
  • Various Agricultural Industry and Association Meetings to Discuss Status of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture Activities and Programs, Federal Agricultural Policy Issues and Trends and International Market Opportunities for Indiana Agriculture, May 2005–Nov. 2007
  • Various Purdue University College of Agriculture Undergraduate Courses, May 2005–Nov. 2007
  • Indiana State Department of Agriculture’s 10–Event Statewide Roll-Out of Strategic Plan for Agriculture, “Possibilities Unbound: The Plan for 2025,” May 2005
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