APRIL 2015


(Posted Fri. Apr 3rd, 2015)

National Corn Growers Association Chief Executive Officer Chris Novak received Purdue University College of Agriculture’s highest honor for achievement, the Distinguished Agriculture Alumni Award, during a ceremony in West Lafayette, Indiana today.


Novak is one of eight alumni to receive the 2015 award, which recognizes Purdue Agriculture alumni who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments, made significant contributions to their professions or to society in general, and exhibit high potential for future professional growth.


“Everyone at NCGA is extremely proud to have Chris as a part of our team,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling. “He is a strategic, visionary leader who we believe will help our association continue its tradition of success into the future.  Additionally, has done great work not only for our growers but for all of American agriculture in a long career of service. This award is well deserved.”


Novak joined NCGA in October of 2014. He previously served as CEO for the National Pork Board, a catalyst that unites pork producers with key stakeholders focused on building a bright future for the pork industry through research, promotion and education. Prior to joining the NPB, Novak served as Executive Director for the Indiana Soybean Alliance, Science Communication Manager for Syngenta and Special Assistant to the CEO for the American Soybean Association.


A graduate of Iowa State University, Novak received his master's degree in business administration from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management and his juris doctor from the College of Law at the University of Iowa. He and his wife, Julie, have three children and reside in Chesterfield, Mo.