Impetus Ag Announces New Board Member

ST. LOUIS, February 22, 2024 – Impetus Agriculture, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Mark Deadwyler to its Board of Directors.  Deadwyler recently assumed the CFO role at Elemental Enzymes, a company that continues to discover, develop and globally commercialize new market solutions to aid in crop nutrient absorption and immune response. He brings over 26 years of experience in agricultural product development and commercialization from global finance leadership roles at Monsanto in addition to more recent broader life sciences executive leadership roles.

Impetus Ag investor Dr. Robert Fraley who served as Monsanto’s Chief Technology officer throughout much of Deadwyler’s tenure at Monsanto, noted “I highly valued Mark’s business acumen in driving globally agricultural new product strategy, valuation, prioritization, and commercialization.  The addition of Mark to the Impetus Ag Board is a credit to the technical advancements of Impetus and the potential, with Mark’s benefit, to see the value of these enhancements realized.”

“Having Mark join the Impetus Ag Board further strengthens the agricultural horsepower of the board and management talent in the 39 North Agritech Innovation District,” further noted Dr. Martha Schlicher, CEO of Impetus Ag.

“In my role at Elemental Enzymes, it is exciting for me to be able to be able to help drive the global commercialization of their robust R&D portfolio.  I look forward to utilizing my Monsanto and Elemental experiences to help advance additional crop protection benefits to provide much needed solutions to growers worldwide”, noted Deadwyler.

Deadwyler holds an MBA from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration -Marketing from the University of Missouri-Columbia’s Trulaske College of Business.

About Impetus Ag
Impetus Ag technology creates novel proteins that bind naturally occurring toxins to targeted insects that cost growers billions of dollars in crop damage a year.  Impetus Ag proteins significantly increase the speed and magnitude of insect pest lethality, while also increasing the spectrum of potential targets. Impetus Ag is located in the 39 North Agtech Innovation District, where it benefits from collaborations with other agricultural technology innovators as it advances its platform for both topical and transgenic applications to insect control. Visit to learn more.

About Elemental Enzymes
Elemental Enzymes develops and markets research-amplified, naturally occurring enzymes, peptides and biochemistries used to support plant nutrient absorption and improve fertilizer efficacy. Harnessing Mother Nature’s benefits, Elemental Enzymes has developed more than 12 patented products across the globe, delivered alongside everyday grower management practices.

39N AgTech Innovation District, St. Louis, Missouri
39 North is a vibrant innovation district cultivating the infrastructure, talent and access to capital to facilitate agrifood tech innovation and to advance ideas from lab to market.  Visit to learn more.