A champion of the farming industry, Kia cofounded Adams Independent Testing (AIT) after the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 approved legalized cultivation and commercial production of industrial hemp. Leveraging her deep industry knowledge of Federal regulations, testing operations, and software innovation, Kia established what would become one of the first hemp testing laboratories in the state of North Dakota. With Kia’s guidance, AIT has emerged as a reliable third-party testing partner committed to what is arguably one of the quickest turnaround timelines in the United States.
Kia is also the Vice President of North Dakota Grain Inspection (NDGI), where she has worked since 2011. NDGI is one of the largest agencies in the United States Federally licensed to sample and grade grain under the United States Grain Standards and Agricultural Marketing Acts. Kia has been instrumental in leading the company’s strategic growth initiatives, with NDGI currently operating out of nine states. Additionally, Kia acts as Project Manager of AdamsNet, a software development company creating innovative solutions for grain inspection agencies like that of NDGI. It was this background that equipped her with the knowledge and tools needed to establish a hemp testing facility and have it fully operational within a short period.
Keen on never becoming stagnant, Kia’s commitment to professional growth and continual learning has been fundamental in a business with frequent regulatory changes. In recognition of her dedication and expertise, Kia has been appointed to serve on multiple boards over the years to promote and support economic sustainability in the agriculture sector. For example, Kia is currently a member of the Board of Directors for American Association of Grain Inspection and Weighing Agencies. She was also appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to serve on the U.S. Department of Agriculture Grain Inspection Advisory Committee, where she discussed issues within the grain industry and provided recommendations and solutions to better programs and services under the U.S. Grain Standards Act.
In December 2016, Kia was recognized in Prairie Business magazine’s “40 Under 40” publication, a list honoring the top regional business professionals under the age of 40 making significant impacts in their professions, industries, and communities. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN, with a double major in Industrial Relations and Entrepreneurial Management.