The vision of two agronomists


In 2005, Farmers Edge began as the vision of agronomists Wade Barnes and Curtis MacKinnon. The two friends and soon-to-be business partners believed they could use technology to help growers improve crop production, while reducing waste and improving sustainability.

Together, the two set-out to explore the possibilities of Variable Rate Technology (VRT) alongside growers in Pilot Mound, MB, Canada. Over the next ten years, Wade and Curtis developed their version of VRT into a system that has helped thousands of farmers improve yields and cut wasted inputs across millions of acres.

Today, Farmers Edge has nearly 300 employees who specialize in data science, precision agronomy, GIS, hardware engineering, software development, soil science and sustainability. By remaining an independent and unbiased company, Farmers Edge supports growers around the world by providing industry-leading VRT, field-centric data management and analysis, along with reliable boots-on-the ground support.

We believe in the future of precision agriculture, and we’ve got a plan to lead the way.

Employees

Years of experience

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Agronomy, Hardware and Software


Precision Agriculture is a rapidly growing industry with many companies only specializing in one or two specific areas of the business. Farmers Edge is different. We focus on providing up-to-date hardware, software and agronomic support, and as a result are able to offer fully integrated precision agriculture solutions to growers.

Our integrated approach makes precision agriculture easy and effective for growers. We’ve designed cutting edge hardware that is rugged, automatic, and universal. Our powerful and secure FarmCommand™ platform provides growers easy access to whole-farm data along with powerful tools that support farm management. Our reliable team of experts work directly with growers, providing accurate advice and helping ensure the greatest results.

We’re passionate about our integrated approach to precision agriculture, and we believe that it can help growers on any continent improve their farm.

Helping a world of growers


We consider the needs of growers around the world for every decision we make. As the global population rapidly increases, so does the demand for food. This affects our growers who need to make their farms more efficient than ever to meet demand, and our planet as we must continue to ask more of its resources.

With our incredible team and technology, we’re continuing to exceed in meeting growers’ expectations and global sustainability standards. As soon as we finish perfecting one tool, we’re on to enhancing the next. It’s an exciting time in our industry with new potential for more profitable, sustainable agriculture worldwide. We’re proud to lead the way, offering our fully integrated Precision Solutions to growers in Canada, the United States, Brazil, Russia and Australia.

Whatever you grow and wherever you grow it, we’re here to help you grow more efficiently, sustainably and successfully.

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Careers

We’re always looking for passionate and determined people to help us grow.

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Testimonials

“The data helps us to leverage both more yield and also get a higher return.” – Eldon Klippenstein

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Sustainability

With Farmers Edge, profitability and sustainability go hand-in-hand.

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Senior Management

WADE BARNES

WADE BARNES

President & CEO

Born in rural Manitoba, Wade’s passion for agriculture started at an early age. His strong drive to bridge the gap between technology and agronomy was the motivating force behind starting Farmers Edge™. An expert on the impact of technology on agribusiness and particularly the utilization of Variable Rate Technology, Wade’s passion inspires, from speaking events across the globe, to the team at Farmers Edge and straight through to the farm customers that we serve.

KEVIN GRANT, PHD

KEVIN GRANT, PHD

Chief Technology Officer

Tapping into and leading the amazing potential of what Big Data means for global agriculture takes a strong combination of leadership and specialized expertise, fueled by a genuine passion for agriculture. That is exactly the unique hybrid of talent that Kevin Grant brings to the position of Chief Technology Officer and the leadership of his team here at Farmers Edge™. We are thrilled to have a small town farm boy, with world class expertise, drive the future potential and strategic direction of our technology and the exciting advancements that it will mean for our farmers and global agriculture.

TODD ORMANN

TODD ORMANN

VP of Product

When it comes to agriculture, Todd’s passion and experience in the industry runs deep. From his farm boy roots in Southern Alberta, to a career that spans over 20 years in the agricultural industry, Todd brings both a local and global awareness for the business of farming, in his role as Vice President of Product. Prior to joining our team at Farmers Edge™, Todd’s extensive understanding and expertise in agriculture helped him lead the development of the Canadian CRM systems for Syngenta, as its Head of CRM and Market Planning, as well as his role as Vice President of Agribusiness for United Farmers of Alberta.

RON OSBORNE

RON OSBORNE

VP of Innovation

Ron brings a diverse 10 year background in software-as-a-service design, development and innovation. In addition to agriculture and logistics hardware and telematics innovation, Ron has also previously helped design and build risk management software for financial institutions, including lenders, insurance companies and more. As part of the Senior Management Team, Ron will continue to develop new and innovative hardware and software for farmers and partners around the world.

TREVOR ARMITAGE

TREVOR ARMITAGE

VP of Global Operations

Trevor has over 20 years experience in agriculture. A member of the Farmers Edge™  team since 2006, he has seen yields consistently increase and has created many meaningful relationships with great farmers. He enjoys the new challenges that come with every growing season and the annual reward of watching grain go in the bins.

MARINA BARNES, PHD

MARINA BARNES, PHD

VP of Marketing

Holding two roles within the global Farmers Edge™ business, Marina is able to share her passion for agriculture and business throughout the organization. Fluent in English, Russian and German, she embodies the global spirit of Farmers Edge™. Marina is always looking for innovative ways to showcase and elevate the Farmers Edge™ brand.

PATRICK CRAMPTON, B.SC. (AGR.), MBA

PATRICK CRAMPTON, B.SC. (AGR.), MBA

Chief Operating Officer

Patrick’s passion for agriculture is deeply rooted. He was born and raised on his family’s fifth generation farm in Manitou, Manitoba. His grassroots foundation in agriculture, combined with his academics – a B.Sc. in Agricultural Economics (Hons), University of Guelph and a Masters in Business Administration, Queen’s University – has fueled his global agricultural career. Patrick’s leadership has included such roles as Vice President of Business and Product Development at Agrisoma Biosciences, Global Business Manager at Syngenta AG and Head of Marketing for Syngenta Canada.

LORI ROBIDOUX, CA

LORI ROBIDOUX, CA

Chief Financial Officer

When it comes to investing in the future advancement, sustainability and innovation in agriculture, farming and food production, we are thrilled to have Lori leading the charge as Chief Financial Officer here at Farmers Edge™. With over two decades of outstanding performance in financial roles within the agricultural sector, Lori is a leader in her field. Seasoned in accounting, finance, treasury, Canadian and international tax issues, risk management, and investor relations, her experience and passion for agriculture plays an integral role supporting and enabling the innovation and rapid growth of Farmers Edge™ worldwide.

CURTIS MACKINNON

CURTIS MACKINNON

VP of Tech Support

Curtis Mackinnon is a co-founder of Farmers Edge, and now leads the Technology Team as VP of Tech Support. His significant experience with the implementation of new technologies combined with his in-depth understanding of farm machinery electronics, is a key component of Farmers Edge™ success in the precision agriculture marketplace.

DR. DAN HEANEY, PHD, CCA, PAG

DR. DAN HEANEY, PHD, CCA, PAG

VP of Research & Development and Agronomy

With over thirty years of experience as an agronomist and professional agrologist, Dan is part of the review team for the Nitrous Oxide Emission Reduction Protocol (NERP), and is strongly committed to extending the 4R nutrient Stewardship Program to Canadian Farmers. He also serves as a 4R agronomist advocate and sustainability advisor to the Canadian Fertilizer Institute.

KOLBY NICHOL, B.SC. (AGR.)

KOLBY NICHOL, B.SC. (AGR.)

VP of Business Development

Kolby Nichol grew up on a grain farm in rural Manitoba. His passion and motivation in his role at Farmers Edge is to pursue the many commercial connections between agronomy and the economy. Kolby’s goal is to find opportunities where the value that Farmers Edge™ provides growers is relevant and sustainable for the long-term.

PAUL TEIXEIRA CHRP

PAUL TEIXEIRA CHRP

Human Resources Manager

With more than 25 years of previous Human Resources and Management experience under his belt, Paul’s insights and expertise in his role as Manager of Human Resources will support the continued industry leading growth of Farmers Edge employees and their ability to serve their farm partners. Through ongoing development of Human Resource strategies and practices, Paul empowers employees to be passionate about their roles and personal success, creating a positive and respectful corporate culture. Paul’s extensive expertise in HR provides the foundation for continued corporate success through global recruitment strategies, executive resourcing, staff development, business outsourcing, and the implementation of organizational initiatives.

Board of Directors

BRIAN HAYWARD

BRIAN HAYWARD

Chairman

Brian Hayward is President of Aldare Resources, a business consultancy that provides clients with governance and business advisory services. An accomplished senior executive with a proven track record of leadership in driving large-scale financial and cultural change to build organizational effectiveness and profitable growth. From 1991 until 2007, Brian was CEO of Agricore United, one of the largest agribusinesses in Canada, exporting to over 50 countries and generating annual sales of about $4 billion.

CURTIS MACKINNON

CURTIS MACKINNON

Director

Curtis Mackinnon is a co-founder of Farmers Edge, and now leads the Technology Team as VP of Tech Support. His significant experience with the implementation of new technologies combined with his in-depth understanding of farm machinery electronics, is a key component of Farmers Edge™ success in the precision agriculture marketplace.

BROOK PORTER

BROOK PORTER

Director

Brook Porter joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2010 and is a partner in KPCB’s Green Growth Fund (GGF), supporting young companies leading new markets with a focus on sustainability. Focused on multi-stage investments at the nexus of sustainability and technology disruption, Brook works closely with entrepreneurs. A serial entrepreneur himself, Brook is on the Board of Directors for many companies and organizations and was a co-developer of the ENV Fuel Cell Motorcycle, recognized by TIME magazine and Popular Science as one of the best inventions of 2005.

LAWRENCE ZUCKER

LAWRENCE ZUCKER

Director

Lawrence Zucker is President and CEO of Osmington Inc., a Toronto-based private real estate investment and development company.  Prior to joining Osmington in 2001, Mr. Zucker practised development and planning law with Goodman and Carr and Kagan Zucker Feldbloom Shastri.  Mr. Zucker has transacted on more than $2 billion in real estate.  Mr. Zucker is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors and sits on the Board of True North Sports and Entertainment, the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club and Farmers Edge.  Mr. Zucker is active as a volunteer in the community.

JIM BOREL

JIM BOREL

Director

Jim Borel, a recently retired DuPont Executive Vice President and member of the company’s Office of the Chief Executive, has consistently led significant change throughout his career. His leadership skills and his value for hard work, fairness and honesty have helped him build the organizational alignment and followership necessary to create change and deliver consistent results. Responsible for re-engineering Crop Protection and leading the positioning of DuPont as a thought leader in the world’s challenge of feeding a growing population, Jim brings a wealth of international agricultural experience and expertise to the Farmers Edge Board of Directors.

WADE BARNES

WADE BARNES

Director

Born in rural Manitoba, Wade’s passion for agriculture started at an early age. His strong drive to bridge the gap between technology and agronomy was the motivating force behind starting Farmers Edge™. An expert on the impact of technology on agribusiness and particularly the utilization of Variable Rate Technology, Wade’s passion inspires, from speaking events across the globe, to the team at Farmers Edge and straight through to the farm customers that we serve.

AKI GEORGACACOS

AKI GEORGACACOS

Director

Aki is a co-founder and Managing Director of Avrio Capital. Prior to co-founding Avrio Capital, Aki was a managing Director of FCC Ventures where he led the majority of the fund’s investments with a focus on various segments of industrial life science, food and agricultural technology sectors. Aki has played an active role in all facets of strategic planning, corporate development, and overall shareholder value optimization. Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, Aki was a Vice-President at Deloitte Corporate Finance where he advised private and public companies on financing strategies, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, and strategies for maximization of shareholder value.

STEVE MILLS

STEVE MILLS

Director

Steve Mills has more than 38 years of experience in the fields of accounting, corporate finance, strategic planning and mergers and acquisitions. Steve has served as a strong leader in financial growth and company performance throughout his career, including his role as CFO of Amyris, Inc., a renewable fuels/chemicals company, as well as Senior Executive Vice President of Performance & Growth at Archer-Daniels-Midland Company (ADM), a global agricultural commodity processing company.

ANITA WORTZMAN

ANITA WORTZMAN

Corporate Secretary

Anita is the CEO of Acumen Corporate Development Inc., a provider of corporate development growth services to businesses, specializing in agribusiness and manufacturing. Anita has specialized in mergers and acquisitions for over 15 years, and has extensive experience in all aspects of corporate development from the perspective of buyer, seller and advisor. She also has significant hands-on business operations experience including start-up, integration and exit strategies.