This presentation was recorded at Illinois Soybean Association’s Better Beans event on January 18, 2024 at Rend Lake College in Ina, IL.

Dr. Jessica Rutkoski is a small grains breeder and a quantitative geneticist. Jessica currently leads the winter wheat breeding program at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. Her mission is to develop wheat varieties that will help enhance farm profitability in Illinois and surrounding states. In line with this goal, Jessica’s scholarly research program develops and implements new ways make plant breeding and variety evaluation more effective with the help of technologies like remote sensing and genomics. Before joining the University of Illinois, Jessica completed her PhD in Plant Breeding at Cornell University and worked internationally for 5 years supporting plant breeding programs in less developed countries.

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About the Author: Kelsey Litchfield

Kelsey Litchfield is the Agronomic Outreach Specialist for the Illinois Soybean Association. In her role, she manages ILSoyAdvisor media platforms and assists the agronomy team with events and field days. A native of Rio, IL, Kelsey earned her bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2017 where she double majored in Agricultural Communications and Broadcast Journalism.

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