AGRI-TREND® OFFICIAL NEWS & UPDATES


  • Jul 22, 2014
    AGRI-TREND® Agrology is pleased to welcome: Nikki Szakaly as AGRI-TREND® Agri-Coach® based in Red Deer, AB to our growing network!

    I grew up on a grain farm in Wheatland County but have a secret passion for cattle. As a young adult I very active in the community, doing everything from fast pitch to hockey to 4H. After high school I toured New Zealand for 3 months before coming back and attending Olds College. At the college I spent lots of time working on various student boards and committees such as the Aggies Club and the Student Board of Directors. After College I started working with CPS as a crop advisor and am currently completing my CCA and AIA designations. I am now living on a farm in Central Alberta and look forward to joining the team of AGRI-TREND professionals!

  • Jul 21, 2014
    AGRI-TREND® Agrology is pleased to welcome: Kyle Puchala as AGRI-TREND® Agri-Coach® with PREMIUM AG Solutions Inc based in Carstairs, AB to our growing network!

    Growing up in the City of Calgary, it was not until after high school when I had the opportunity to be exposed to the rural lifestyle and agriculture. I attended Olds College where I completed a diploma in Rural Land Use Planning. Developing a passion for the preservation of agriculture land, I applied to the University of Lethbridge to pursue a degree in agriculture. As a recent graduate, I am very excited to be a part of such a rewarding industry, while continuing to expand my knowledge and skills within Premium Ag and AGRI-TREND.

  • Jul 9, 2014
    The AGRI-DATA Solution™ is pleased to welcome: Ben Allen as Chief Revenue Officer based in Austin, TX to our growing network!

    Ben grew up in Davenport, Iowa, where John Deere (headquartered across the river), farming, and the family business of commodity trading were big influences in his life. After graduating from Iowa State University, he returned to the family business where he worked as a trader, advisor, and sales leader for RWA Financial Services, Inc., focused on hedging services for large family farms. In 2002 he founded New American Farm, putting together over 60,000 acres of grain production in the U.S. and forming strategic alliances with a few large agricultural companies, becoming much more involved in logistics and input supplies. After earning his MBA in 2007, Ben spent the next seven years in pure technology companies, leading software development teams, working for Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) on some of their biggest customer accounts, and leading business development efforts for a mobile application SaaS company. Working with teams from great companies like Microsoft, Sony, Cisco, and HP on a global basis provided for a very unique tech perspective across platforms and alliances. Agri-Data, which blends the best of technology and agriculture in one strong platform offering, was immediately exciting to Ben. “This technology, and this team, are uniquely positioned to bring immediate value to agriculture. And I’m thrilled to be a part of it.” While leading sales and marketing efforts, Ben will be on the forefront of the conversation about how Big Data is changing agriculture. He can be reached at ballen@agridatasolution.com

  • Jun 23, 2014
    AGRI-TREND® Agrology USA is pleased to welcome: Kory Kress as AGRI-TREND® Territory Manager – Upper MidWest based in Geneva, MN to our growing network!

    Kory has been involved in agriculture his entire life. Kory has lived in many places in the United States: Wisconsin three times, New York three times, Minnesota three times, once in Illinois and once in Massachusetts. Kory has deep roots in agriculture, his father has been employed in the AG sector for over forty years, and his extended family were dairy farmers in western Pennsylvania. Kory graduated from high school in 1994 from Wayne Central High School in Ontario, NY. His school was not in an agricultural area, and he had one classmate who lived on a farm. Most of his classmates thought that food came from the grocery store. Kory played basketball for all four years of high school and was on the varsity golf team from 8th grade on. After high school he was a member of the college golf team and was All-Region for two years and our team came in second in 1996 and 5th in 1997 at the National Championship. Kory graduated from University of Wisconsin – River Falls in 1999. He enjoys finding solutions that help farmers make more money by increasing yields and by utilizing tools that help them be more efficient. Kory has been a sales agronomist, precision ag specialist and Territory Sales Manager. He has worked in in Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York and Wisconsin. Working with canning crops, field crops and cranberries. My wife Vicki and I live in Geneva, MN with our five daughters and son.

  • Jun 18, 2014
    AGRI-TREND® Business Management is pleased to welcome: Morgan Knezacek as Leader Human Resource Services based in Manitou Beach, SK to our growing network!

    Morgan’s main focus is people. She coaches teams on effective human resource (HR) management and communication solutions. She strives to understand and balance the needs of business owners, families and employees. Morgan began her HR career on her family's grain farm; watching and learning how to mitigate the daily, on-going challenges that occurred as her multigenerational family strived to get the crop in and take it off each year. After gaining an education in marketing and human resources, she worked with Siemens Transportation Group as a Recruiter. This honed her keen eye for attracting and retaining people into hard to fill positions. Morgan's next adventures were with the Canadian Grain Commission & Potash Corp; discovering the strengths and weaknesses of highly structured HR and safety policy. For the next five years, Morgan developed and executed HR strategies for small and large John Deere Dealerships across Western Canada. While this was an engaging time in her career, it also reinforced her aspirations to help family businesses in agriculture. "I know how much passion and emotion go into a family business, which can create a lot of stress for everyone involved. I believe simple and practical HR tools help immensely with soothing that tension; making for more productive operations and fun family suppers. And, as an added bonus, businesses that take a strategic approach to managing people often see twice the revenue per employee." Morgan builds strong teams through her leadership, facilitation and coaching skills. She is certified in Myers Briggs, mediation and is a member of the Canadian Association of Farm Advisors. Morgan lives with her husband in central Saskatchewan near Watrous where she continues to be active on the farm when she's not helping businesses grow and succeed.

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