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 over 350 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

Countries

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 Smart 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.

Our Awards

Senior Management

WADE BARNES

WADE BARNES

President & CEO

Wade Barnes’s roots began in rural Manitoba, where his passion for agriculture started at an early age. He has a strong drive to bridge the gap between technology and agronomy; the motivating force behind starting Farmers EdgeTM. Wade is a strong advocate for the industry with a desire to assist growers across the world to improve their farming practices, increase profits and create more efficient cropping systems. He is an industry leader winning Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) of the Year and is recognized as one of the foremost agronomists in Western Canada. Wade is an inspiring speaker presenting at events across Canada and globally as an expert on the impact of technology on agribusiness and particularly the utilization of Variable Rate Technology by growers, investors and industry players. Some of his speaking engagements include Master Seeders, Global AgInvesting Conferences and TedX.

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

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

Chief Operating Officer

Patrick has spent his entire life in the agriculture industry.  Born and raised on his family’s fifth generation farm in Manitoba, Patrick studied Agricultural Economics at the University of Guelph and has a Masters in Business Administration from Queen’s University. A passion for innovation in agriculture has fueled a global career that includes leadership 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.  Patrick joined Farmers Edge as Chief Product Officer and in early 2016 assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer to drive the continued expansion of the Farmers Edge award-winning decision ag platform.

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.

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

Head 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

Head of Business Development

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.

PAUL TEIXEIRA CHRP

PAUL TEIXEIRA CHRP

Head of Human Resources

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.

MARINA BARNES, PHD

MARINA BARNES, PHD

Head of Marketing

Excelling through multiple roles at Farmers Edge over the past 10 years, Marina has made a significant impact on the success and growth of the company. Fluent in English, Russian and German, she embodies the global spirit of Farmers Edge. As the current head of marketing, Marina has accelerated the brand to gain international recognition for its agricultural innovations and continues to strategically enhance the company’s marketing campaigns and public relations.

TREVOR ARMITAGE

TREVOR ARMITAGE

Global Head of Field 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.

CARL HAVIXBECK

CARL HAVIXBECK

Head of Central Operations

Coming soon.

CURTIS MACKINNON

CURTIS MACKINNON

Head of Technical Services

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.

GUY DUKE

GUY DUKE

Head of Analytics

Coming soon.

DWIGHT WHEELER

DWIGHT WHEELER

Head of Engineering

Dwight is an industry expert in precision agriculture and big data systems. Responsible for managing the engineering team at Farmers Edge, Dwight leads the development of all back-end systems. Before working at Farmers Edge, Dwight held multiple leadership roles at Monsanto, including Climate Corporation, and founded his own company – Xiria. Upon the acquisition of Xiria by Ag Pro Exchange, Dwight led the development team as CTO in the creation of an IoT agriculture platform purposed for data acquisition and analysis of farm data.

KOLBY NICHOL, B.SC. (AGR.)

KOLBY NICHOL, B.SC. (AGR.)

Head of Key Account Management

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.

SCOTT McKINNON

SCOTT McKINNON

General Manager Australia

Scott is responsible for leading the expansion of Farmers Edge in Australia. Passionate about agriculture, Scott understand the needs of agribusiness stakeholders and farmers. Scott brings over 20 years of corporate and start-up experience, and has performed in various management roles leading commercial teams and driving effective growth strategies. His diverse skillset has helped him excel in various business environments to drive innovative projects and empower his team to succeed.

LUCAS TRINDADE

LUCAS TRINDADE

General Manager Brazil

Coming soon.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Farmers EdgeTM is a group of individuals that are passionate, experienced and devoted to sustainable agricultural practices. Their diverse backgrounds provide a sounding board for how to continue to meet our growers’ needs and remain on the leading edge of technology.

BRIAN HAYWARD

BRIAN HAYWARD

Chairman

Brian Hayward is President of Aldare Resources, a business consultancy that provides clients with governance and business advisory services. He is 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. Brian has extensive board experience, serving on public, private and crown boards, including Ridley Inc., Princess Auto, ICE Futures Canada, Afgri (South Africa), and the Business Development Bank of Canada. As a Director he has negotiated—and provided leadership, guidance, and advice—on major corporate transactions. Brian has a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from McGill University, and holds the Chartered Director (C.Dir.) designation from McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business.

JIM BOREL

JIM BOREL

Director

Jim Borel has over 38 years of experience in the global agriculture and food industry.  He served as executive vice president and member of DuPont’s Office of the Chief Executive until early 2016 where he had responsibility for the DuPont Pioneer, Crop Protection and Nutrition & Health businesses. He joined DuPont in 1978 as a sales representative and during his career held a variety of progressively responsible roles in the agriculture businesses in the US, United Kingdom, Canada and Japan. Jim is currently advising selected venture capital and private equity firms regarding their agriculture and food industry investments including the Board of Directors of Farmers Edge and the Board of Advisors for River Glen Venture Partners.  He is a past chair of the board of trustees for National 4-H Council. He is also a member of the board of trustees of the University of Delaware; the Farm Foundation; and the Alpha Gamma Rho Educational Foundation; as well as the board of advisors for Agree. Jim graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in agricultural business.

STEVE MILLS

STEVE MILLS

Director

Steven Mills has more than 38 years of experience in the fields of accounting, corporate finance, strategic planning and mergers and acquisitions. Steve served as CFO of Amyris, Inc, a renewable fuels/chemicals company, from May 2012 to December  2013. Prior to joining Amyris, Steve served as Senior Executive Vice President of Performance & Growth at Archer-Daniels-Midland Company (ADM), a global agricultural commodity processing company, from December 2010 to February 2012. Previously, he served as ADM’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from March 2008 to December 2010. Steve joined ADM in 1979 and served in various senior accounting and treasury roles, including 12 years as Controller. He has been a director and a member of the audit committee of Black Hills Corporation, a diversified energy holding company, since October 2011. Steve also serves on the boards of Illinois College, Kirby Medical Center, and Hickory Point Bank & Trust. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois.

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.

WADE BARNES

WADE BARNES

Director

Wade Barnes’s roots began in rural Manitoba, where his passion for agriculture started at an early age. He has a strong drive to bridge the gap between technology and agronomy; the motivating force behind starting Farmers EdgeTM. Wade is a strong advocate for the industry with a desire to assist growers across the world to improve their farming practices, increase profits and create more efficient cropping systems. He is an industry leader winning Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) of the Year and is recognized as one of the foremost agronomists in Western Canada. Wade is an inspiring speaker presenting at events across Canada and globally as an expert on the impact of technology on agribusiness and particularly the utilization of Variable Rate Technology by growers, investors and industry players. Some of his speaking engagements include Master Seeders, Global AgInvesting Conferences and TedX.

QUINN MCLEAN

QUINN MCLEAN

Director

Quinn McLean is a Vice President at Hamblin Watsa Investment Counsel (wholly owned company of Fairfax Financial Holdings) and Portfolio Manager responsible for Middle East and Africa.  Quinn has over eleven years investment experience of which six was with Hamblin Watsa.  Quinn is currently on board of the following Fairfax investee and operating companies:  Gulf Insurance Group (Kuwait),  AFGRI Ltd (South Africa), APR Energy (Jacksonville, United States), FarmersEdge (Winnipeg, Canada) and Fairfax Africa Holdings (Toronto, Canada).  Quinn completed his MBA from the University of Toronto in 2006 and is a Chartered Accountant (CA, CPA) and CFA Charter Holder.

KENJI OTAKE

KENJI OTAKE

Director

Kenji is the General Manager of the First Business Dept. in the IT Platform Div. at Mitsui & Co., Ltd., one of the most diversified and comprehensive trading, investment, and service enterprises in the world, with 141 offices in 66 countries as of March, 2015.Kenji has been leading new business development and strategic investment in big data analytics and IT-related business in various industries, including agriculture. Since joining Mitsui, Kenji has been responsible for new business development, investment, accounting, and corporate strategy for Mitsui’s IT business portfolio. Kenji has broad business experience globally, serving as the EVP of a joint venture between Mitsui and one of the largest consumer electronics companies, and Deputy General Manager of the IT Business Dept. at Mitsui & Co. (Brazil) in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Kenji holds an MBA degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology.

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. Previously Anita was Chief Operating Officer of Activa Consumer Promotions, a sports licensing company, and prior to that she was responsible for US acquisitions for Assante Corporation. She 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. Anita holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and LLB from the University of Manitoba.

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Sustainability

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

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