40 Under 40, Class of 2018

Jennie Smith


Kemin Crop Technologies

Job Title

Sales Manager


  • Helped launch and manage company’s Crop Technologies Portfolio for the greenhouse and high-value horticulture markets. Helps growers improve their operations and profits using best practices, specialty chemicals and plant-based solutions.
  • Named Outstanding Young Farmer by the Iowa Jaycees.


Homegrown Business: Jennie learned how to germinate tomatoes on a TV tray, which led to the creation of her successful business, Butcher Crick Farms, that is known for its heirloom tomatoes and sustainable growing methods.

Fun Facts

When a Passion Grows into Something Else: Jennie’s favorite book is “The $64 Tomato” by William Alexander. “It explains the reality of what happens when a hobby becomes an obsession.”

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GPN recognizes 40 industry professionals under the age of 40 who are helping to determine the future of the horticulture industry. These individuals are today’s movers and shakers who are already setting the pace for tomorrow.
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Jessica Montgomery
Elien Peters
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Nikki Melin

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