Tom Rabaey

Oat Global Board of Directors Tom RabaeySr. ITQ Manager, Agronomy Sciences
General Mills Inc.

Tom Rabaey is a Sr. Manager leading the Agronomy Sciences group focused on research in conventional and organic systems, soil health, regenerative agriculture practices and oat breeding and is the liaison for global agronomy at General Mills in Minneapolis, MN.

Tom Rabaey holds a B.S in Agronomy Sciences from South Dakota State University and M.S and PhD in Agronomy Sciences and Entomology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. In 1995 Tom began work with General Mills, Inc. and has worked on many brands for the company including Green Giant, Nature Valley, Cheerios, and the organic brands of Muir Glen, Cascadian Farm, and Annie’s Homegrown Organic.

Current focus

  • Coordinate variety trials at public and private institutions to develop preferred oat variety list specific to milling characteristics of interest
  • Collaborate on agronomy research that demonstrate oat grower profitability focusing on practices such as planting date, populations, crop protection inputs and harvesting.
  • Lead soil health programs that enable GMI to meet corporate sustainability goals
  • Support agronomy research programs in Brasil to deliver solutions to sourcing ingredients of popcorn, potato and manioc.

Tom Rabaey grew up on a diversified family farm near Minneota, MN and where he still has an active role in management of the operation.