Chief Operations Officer
An adventurous spirit led Aaron west to study Agricultural Business at Texas A&M. The time in Texas was well spent providing a broad and balanced view of the US and global agricultural industry heading in to the 21st century. While at A&M Aaron learned agriculture from global industry leaders and was able to experience a cultural world much different than Middletown, Indiana. His desire to add to his business and agronomic skills led him to Purdue where he earned his Master’s degree. He considered other opportunities as well but made the decision to return to Indiana and help to shape the future of the family farm.
Included in that future was a rigorous 5 year stint in Bahia, Brazil running a multi-thousand acre farm producing cotton, corn and soybeans for Crossroads Group International, an Indiana based company organized by Adam and Aaron. Aaron became fluent in Portuguese very quickly after his arrival in Brazil and rapidly improved the productivity and value of the farm against all odds.
Aaron shares management of Howell Farms of Crossroads with Adam. Aaron manages daily operations and human resources. His areas of responsibility include agronomy which involves planning and tracking crops, inputs, soil fertility, implementing new technology and field trials. Aaron also supervises pumpkin production and harvest along with customer relations. These responsibilities require intense logistical and people skills. Aaron’s education combined with his wealth of practical application on two continents make him a rare individual in the modern world of commercial production agriculture.
Aaron and his wife, Katy, live near Pendleton with their two young daughters. Aaron has completed the two-year Indiana Agricultural Leadership Program and has been appointed to the Purdue University Dean of Agriculture's Advisory Council.