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Maynard Herron Takes Office as ASABE President

Date: Thursday, July 21, 2016


St. Joseph, Michigan -- Maynard Herron, PE, has taken office as 2016-2017 president of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), joining recently elected trustees Amy Kaleita, PE, Eric Smith, and Curt Weller, PE, as well as Stephen W. Searcy, PE, president-elect, on the Society's governing board.

Herron is engineering manager for AGCO Corporation's Product Proving division in Hesston, Kansas. Dedicated to improving agricultural productivity and livelihoods, he has focused on the design of hay and forage harvesting equipment. His improvements to baler technology have significantsly reduced transportation costs and storage losses for farmers around the world. Identified as individual or joint inventor on fourteen U.S. patents, he served as principal investigator for a very successful biomass harvest and logistics demonstration grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. A 39-year member of ASABE, he was recently inducted as an ASABE Fellow.

Herron will serve a one-year term as president.

Taking office as president-elect is Stephen W. Searcy, PE,head of Texas A&M’s Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Searcy provides statewide administrative support and guidance for a faculty of 37. His research emphasis has been on intelligent machine systems). He is co-author of Precision Agriculture in the 21st Century: Geospatial and Information Technologies in Crop Management, and he has developed the biomass module concept for reducing logistics costs for biomass feedstock delivery.

Also recently assuming ASABE office are three newly installed trustees. They include:

  • Amy Kaleita, PE, associate professor, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
  • Eric Smith, Tractor Products Standards Manager, John Deere, Waterloo, Iowa
  • Curtis Weller, PE, Director, Nebraska Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Lincoln, Nebraska

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) is an international scientific and educational organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural, food, and biological systems. Further information on the Society can be obtained by contacting ASABE at (269) 429-0300, emailing, or visiting

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