AGRI-TREND® OFFICIAL NEWS & UPDATES


  • Nov 14, 2016
    AGRI-TREND Welcomes Dr. Harold Reetz as a Senior Agri-Coach to our Growing Network!

    Harold Reetz Jr. and his wife, Chris, live in Monticello, Illinois where he owns and operates Reetz Agronomics, LLC focusing on high yield cropping systems, precision farming, conservation systems and on-farm research. In addition to his consulting business, Harold is a frequent speaker and Agricultural conferences and has authored numerous technical publications on topics ranging from Nutrient Use Efficiency to Precision Agriculture. Harold received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois in Agronomy and his Masters and Ph.D. from Purdue where he worked as the Extension/Research Corn Specialist. In addition to his work in academia, Harold has served as a Director with the International Plant Nutrition Institute responsible for research and education programs in crop and soil management with a special emphasis on site-specific technology, information management systems and nutrient management practices. In 1995 he founded the InfoAg Conference and has coordinated a series of 10 national conferences plus 3 regional conferences in addition to serving as the co-coordinator of an event in Argentina. Harold has been a co-coordinator of the biennial International Conference on Precision Agriculture. He has been an active participant in multiple professional organizations and has served in leadership capacities for American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America, ARCPACS and the Certified Crop Advisor Program. In Harold has been active in his community as 4-H Leader, FFA Advisory Committee member and Boy Scouts of America Club Master. Harold was appointed by the governor of Illinois to advise the State Board of Education to revamp the states Agriculture Education curriculum. Harold bring a wealth of experience to AGRI-TREND and we're excited to have him as part of our Coaching Network.

  • Oct 31, 2016
    AGRI-TREND Welcomes Senior Agri-Coach Dr. Frank Lichtner to our Growing Network!

    Frank received his BSC (Biology) at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA and his PhD (Plant Physiology) at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. He was an Assistant Professor of Weed Science at the University of California, Davis before joining DuPont Crop Protection as a research scientist and manager (in the US and in Europe) of Herbicide Discovery, Formulations, Biological Fate and a Technical Manager with global business teams in Wheat, Barley and Sugar Beets as well as in several new ventures. He left DuPont after 25 years and began a second career in irrigation technologies with drip tape manufacturers (T-Systems International, John Deere Water Technologies) and a small data acquisition and analysis start-up company (Earthtec Solutions) as a Global Research Director, which was funded by an irrigation distributor. He has been an instructor at the UCD Davis Weed School, a member of the CropLife Herbicide Resistance Action Committee, a technical member of the United Fresh Science Board, and their Sustainability Advisory Board. Over the course of his career, he has taught plant physiology techniques at the university level, managed technical groups of up to 70 scientists and technical support personnel, served as a technical member of global business teams in major corporations, and presented technical information to a wide audiences of growers, university researchers, distributors, regulators and business leaders. He has a keen appetite for continual learning and improvement, and has personally benefited greatly by serving the agriculture in a variety of roles.

  • Oct 6, 2016
    AGRI-TREND® Agrology Welcomes Adam Sheppard as a New Agri-Coach® to our Growing Network!

    Adam grew up on the family grain farm, 10 miles south of Lucky Lake, SK. He played AA Hockey in Rosetown during his peewee and bantam years. He also enjoys fishing and golfing. Adam still farms with his parents, but he did obtain a degree in Ag Business from the University of Saskatchewan. He has spent the last six years working for an ag retail in the province, and he feels he gained very unique experience dealing with different types of people. Before that, he was a summer student with Bayer, breeding canola. He is convinced he will do well as an AGRI-TREND Agri-Coach, because he cares a lot about growing crops, and he is still involved in the family farm, and can relate to his customers. He is also counting on the AGRI-TREND Network for more experience, with their vast knowledge and support of the Agri-Coaches. With all the PhDs and Masters at his fingertips, and his own past experience, he is looking forward to building his customer base. Adam will be building his customer base in the Rosetown and Lucky Lake areas.

  • Sep 13, 2016
    AGRI-TREND USA welcomes Christopher Hinder with Atlantic Tractor to our growing Network!

    Chris grew up in northern Maryland in a small, rural town. He began working on multiple different types of farms, such as grain, dairy, equine, and other kinds of livestock. He started working on a family friend's grain operation in his teens and learned the ins and outs of what it takes to run a successful operation. He truly enjoyed this and helped out on the farm as much as he could before college. He soon realized that crop farming was his true passion and pursued that in college. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.Sc. in Agricultural Science and Technology. After graduating, he worked as a Crop Production Manager on a dairy farm in Delaware. He then came back home to help out his family's Ford dealership in Maryland. The position with Atlantic Tractor came about soon after and he was very eager to begin his new career with Atlantic Tractor/AGRI-TREND as an Agri-Coach. He plans to get his Nutrient Management Certification as well, because he understands the importance of managing resources responsibly and sustainably, especially in Maryland. With his knowledge of agriculture and recognizing the importance of customer relations, he will be able to meet all of his client's individual needs. With AGRI-TREND's vast resource/data base and unbiased coaching, Chris can be a great aid to his clients in the Mid-Atlantic region. Chris currently lives in Darlington, MD and is enthusiastic about bringing the AGRI-TREND Services to his territory with Atlantic Tractor.

  • Sep 9, 2016
    AGRI-TREND USA welcomes Brianna Fedorkowicz with Atlantic Tractor to our growing Network!

    Brianna grew up on a horse and livestock farm in Camden, DE where she trained horses and worked at her grandfather's livestock auction company on the family farm. Throughout high school she was extremely active with FFA where she was a three time CDE state champion, American degree recipient and the State Secretary for the Delaware FFA Association. Brianna graduated from Delaware State University with a degree in General Agriculture. While in college she was a member of the NCAA Division I Women's Equestrian team, a two time academic all American and a finalist for Miss Delaware in 2015. During her free time she still enjoys riding and helping around the farm when she can. Through college she completed three internships working with farmers for CPS and Farm Credit. Before joining AGRI-TREND Bri, was a crop specialist for Growmark FS in Eight Four, PA. As the FFA creed states "I believe in the future of agriculture..", she believes this and is a very ambitious individual, quick to learn and armed with a skillset that will allow her to serve and help farmers take their operations to the next level on the Eastern shore as an Agri-Coach for Atlantic Tractor.

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