Ryan Heiniger Joins CTIC As New Executive Director

CTIC welcomes Ryan Heiniger as its new Executive Director. Heiniger is a fourth-generation Iowa farmer, wildlife biologist, and non-profit leader. CTIC board president Mark White of Syngenta says Heiniger's combination of on-the-ground conservation experience and history of leadership in conservation-oriented organizations made him the perfect choice for the role.

"Ryan has put his farm background and deep love for nature to work in a career in conservation," White notes. "He is a skilled organizer, mobilizer, coalition builder and fundraiser. He knows many of our partners. He has implemented on his own family farm some of the very conservation programs CTIC helps farmers and their advisors understand. Finally, he has led projects and secured grants that have provided him knowledge of what it takes to put conservation on the ground so it has an impact for all the stakeholders involved.

“I am humbled to have the opportunity to join and help lead CTIC as we celebrate 40 years of accomplishments and adapt to new challenges.  I’m proud to bring a tractor-seat perspective to this role to help ensure new technologies and conservation programs will ultimately provide practical and profitable solutions for farmers” said Heiniger.  “I am grateful to have such a diverse board of directors led by Chairman White and a strong team to position the organization for continued innovations in the years ahead.”