After earning a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics and youth development/agricultural education from Purdue University, Lisa Koester began her professional career as a sales representative for Ciba (Syngenta). She is now an implementation leader and moderator for Beck Ag. Lisa and her husband are involved in a family farming operation, Koester Brothers Farms Inc. They produce white corn, yellow corn, soybeans and wheat. They grow straw for a local erosion control factory. In addition, they operate a dairy that recently began using robotic milking.
Through Indiana Farm Bureau, Lisa has been an active participant and leader in agricultural organizations. In 2003, she was a winner of the Indiana Farm Bureau Young Farmer Achievement Award. She has also served as an agriculture advisory board member for U.S. Representative Brad Ellsworth and as a member of the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture’s Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers. She was a member of the Southeast Young Cooperative Committee and the National Milk Committee for Dairy Farmers of America.
Lisa has continued service to Purdue University through involvement with the Ag Alumni Board of Directors, the Farm Policy Study Group and the College of Agriculture Dean’s Advisory Council. She was a past winner of the Agricultural Economics Department’s APEX award and was named a 2013 Purdue University Distinguished Ag Alumnae for her accomplishments.
Locally, Lisa has been a member of the school board, 4-H Council and FFA Advisory Committee. Lisa and her husband, Dale, have three children: Travis, Lindsey and Reagan.