Darel is based in Valparaiso and serves Northwest Indiana as a precision agronomist with Advanced Agrilytics. Darel brings more than 30 years of agronomy experience to his role. He worked as an Extension Agent in central Illinois before a career in Ag retail for Cargill and Nutrien in southern Minnesota and northwest Indiana. He has always enjoyed working with growers to improve their profitability and success on the farm. Darel was raised on a grain and livestock farm in western Illinois. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Agronomy from the University of Illinois. He is an avid gardener and runs the vegetable show at the Porter County Fair. He and his wife Janet have three daughters.