RiceTec, Inc.
Julie Bodine
Director, Global Corporate Communications

RiceTec Appoints Van McNeely to Lead the US Business

ALVIN, TEXAS (March 22, 2023) – RiceTec has announced the appointment of Van McNeely as President, Head of US for the US Business Leadership Team. In this new capacity, McNeely will lead RiceTec’s high-quality seed business in the US across production, marketing, and sales.

“I’m very excited for Van to take on the leadership of our US business,” stated Karsten Neuffer, RiceTec CEO. “His more than 20 years of experience in RiceTec, intimate know-how of Rice agriculture, and close relationships with US Rice Growers and the US Rice Industry make him the perfect, trusted leader. I am convinced that under his leadership RiceTec will continue to help US farmers get the best technologies to sustainably grow a high-yielding and profitable rice crop.”

Since first joining RiceTec in 1997, McNeely has been instrumental in building the company’s Technical Services department before transitioning into Sales. When RiceTec introduced the first commercial hybrid rice seed to the US market in 2000, McNeely led the team that has grown the product to be a market leader.

“I look forward to leading RiceTec’s US business and being a part of the company’s continued work to bring innovative products to our customers,” said McNeely. “It is special to be a part of a company that consistently provides new high-yielding products, and technologies, and participates in additional markets such as medium grain rice. The future is full of exciting opportunities for RiceTec to work with our customer base in generating value for the US rice market.”

McNeely earned his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Arkansas and his Master of Science in Biology from Arkansas State University. In his free time, Van enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, boating, hunting, and fishing. He also enjoys traveling with his family and doing home improvement projects.


About RiceTec
Headquartered in Alvin, Texas, RiceTec has been a pioneer in sustainable rice agriculture since 1988. With an innovative spirit, we introduced the first commercial hybrid rice seed in 1999 in the US, leveraging advanced breeding techniques and a diverse germplasm collection. As the first to commercialize hybrid rice seed in both North and South America, our innovations continue to shape the industry, evident in advancements like our FullPage® and Max-Ace® Rice Cropping Solutions. With a decade-long operations in India and reach into Europe and Southeast Asia, RiceTec continues to transform rice production for the benefit of farmers, consumers and the planet. To learn more about RiceTec’s commitment to a sustainable future, visit or connect with on LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, X/Twitter.