October 20/Indianapolis/Marketwire -- Stevia Corp. welcomed Dr. Young Cheol Cho to the position of chief scientist.

Cho is an agronomist specializing in crop breeding & cultivation, crop physiology and quality improvements in agriculture & life sciences. His scope of work involves planning, organizing and administering the managerial functions of advanced farming processes along with leading experimental farm programs and projects requiring the implementation of complex research procedures under commercialized farm conditions. Throughout much of his career he has been deeply involved in the research and development of crops and management of commercial farms tasked with establishing cultural practices and breeding of rice, ginseng, Job's tears, soybean and scutellaria to improve crop yield, quality and processing. Under Stevia Corp.'s development agreement with Agro Genesis, Cho from Agro Genesis will be based in Vietnam to spearhead the development of Stevia.

Cho enjoyed undergraduate and advanced education at Seoul National University, where he studied Agronomy specializing in Crop Breeding & Culturing in Crop Science. He is a member of the Korean Society of Breeding Science, Korean Society of Crop Science, Korean Society of Medicinal Crop Science, and Korean Society of Agricultural and Forest Meteorology.

George Blankenbaker, Stevia Corp. president commented, "Through our development agreement with Agro Genesis, we are extremely fortunate that they have provided us with the expert services of Dr. Cho on a dedicated full time basis. He will be living in Vietnam, where he will assemble a team of experts to lead and accelerate our field program targeting the yield and quality of our Stevia products through the application of superior agronomics and innovation. We wish to welcome him to the team and look forward to his participation in our growing company."

 From the October 20, 2011, Prepared Foods' Daily News.