Curt Blades

Curt Blades is Senior Vice President, Agricultural Services of Association of Equipment Manufacturers.

Blades is responsible for the strategic direction of agriculture programs and services for AEM membership, and he serves as the primary liaison with ag-specific industry organizations, customer groups and government agencies, both in North America and worldwide.

Formerly the Group Business Development Director for Meredith Corporation, Blades was also a member of the strategic leadership team for Meredith Agrimedia business unit. He has extensive experience in management, marketing, sales and research. Blades joined Meredith in 2002, after having served in previous positions that include management roles at MachineryLink and Farmland Industries.

He has been active in the National Agri-Marketing Association, Agribusiness Education Foundation and Agriculture Council of America.

Blades earned a Bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri and a Master’s degree in agribusiness from Kansas State. He grew up on a 5,000-acre farm in northeast Missouri, and was involved in both 4H and FFA.