Chevy Chase, Maryland (October 18, 2021) National 4-H Council is pleased to announce the election of Dr. Jacqueline (Jackie) Applegate, President, North America Crop Science for Bayer, to its Board of Trustees. Dr. Applegate was unanimously elected to the Board of Trustees during Council’s most recent meeting on September 16.
“I am honored and privileged to serve on the National 4-H Council as a Board of Trustees member,” said Dr. Applegate. “Bayer has had a longstanding partnership with 4-H, and I am eager to add value to the Board while continuing to support the next generation of agriculture. It is essential that we tap into these bright minds to not only spark their interest today but also ensure these talented youth become the next ag leaders of tomorrow.”
Bayer supports the growth of young leaders in agriculture through a variety of 4-H programs, including Science Matters, which helps young people deepen their understanding of agri-science, the 4-H National Youth Summit on Agri-Science, the 4-H STEM Challenge, the 4-H Ag Innovators Experience, and more.
“As a passionate advocate for supporting young leaders in agriculture, National 4-H Council is honored to welcome Dr. Applegate to our Board of Trustees,” said Jennifer Sirangelo, president and CEO, National 4-H Council. “She will support National 4-H Council’s strategic priorities, which include growing investment and participation in Cooperative Extension’s 4-H program to create opportunities for all youth.”
Dr. Jacqueline Applegate – President, North America Crop Science for Bayer
Dr. Jacqueline (Jackie) Applegate serves as President of North America Crop Science for Bayer and is a member of the Crop Science Executive Leadership Team. As a transformative leader, Dr. Applegate has an exceptional track record of driving commercial success, building high-performing teams and incubating breakthrough innovation, most recently in her role as the head of Environmental Science and Vegetable Seeds.
Dr. Applegate’s career at Bayer began in 1992, and since, she has held leadership positions all over the world. Most recently, she has served as Bayer’s President of Environmental Science (ES), and as the Culture and Change Management Lead for the Bayer/Monsanto integration. Immediately before her role leading ES, she served as the Senior Bayer Representative (SBR) for Australia and New Zealand. Her previous positions at Bayer include President of Environmental Science North America, Vice President of Environmental Science Consumer Products, and Head of Global Project Management. Dr. Applegate graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Wright State University, earned her master’s degree from Rockhurst College and holds a doctorate degree in organic chemistry from Iowa State University. She enjoys serving on the board of multiple philanthropic, community and business organizations, and enjoys traveling and spending time with her son, Matthew.