Grain company Landus announced it has hired industry veteran Bruce Vernon to launch a venture to extend the intellectual capital and capabilities of Landus into new markets. According to a news release, Vernon joined the Landus executive leadership team to lead Landus Conduit LLC., a wholly owned subsidiary of Des Moines-based Landus. Landus Conduit will connect farmers, agriculture and grain organizations to build collaborative relationships. According to a release, those collaborations will benefit from new service options through the Landus Grow Solutions Center, and financing partners to create new opportunities and channels for sustainability. Before joining Landus, Vernon worked for almost eight years at the Equity, in Effingham, Ill. He said in the release that he was excited to join “an innovative and agile company like Landus.” He said by working to apply Landus’ core offerings, the company can “recognize numerous opportunities to create more value for our farmer-owners and partnership network.”