AGRI-TREND® OFFICIAL NEWS & UPDATES


  • Feb 19, 2013
    AGRI-TREND Agrology Ltd Welcomes New Agri-Coach, Brett Gulay!


    Brett was born and raised in Arborg, MB where he grew up on a grain farm which is still in operation. He has his B.Sc. Ag in Agronomy, minor in Soil Science. He is still involved in his family farm but has been with Paterson Grain since 2006 and involved with Monsanto 2008 breeding at the Winnipeg/Carman Research Station.


    Brett is very technical and proof-oriented and has a passion to help farmers succeed with their business.


    Being an Agri-Coach with Paterson Grain will allow Brett to have knowledge-sharing with the strength of the AGRI-TREND Network.


  • Feb 4, 2013
    AGRI-TREND USA Welcomes New Senior Agri-Coach, Fritz Koppatschek, to our Network!

    I am a first generation American. My folks immigrated to the US in the 1950s from Germany. I grew up working on farms and grew my first corn crop when I was in 9th grade. I killed most of the corn by putting the fertilizer to close to the seed. I am currently the President of ABG Ag Services, an ag research and consulting company with locations in Indiana and South Dakota. Our company conducts over 150 research trials on most Midwestern crops. Types of research trials include agrichemical efficacy, fertility, seed and pest trials. We also conduct many early-phase, regulated-biotech trials. In addition to contract research, we conduct training and precision ag work in the area of remote sensing. I have given talks about many agronomic topics throughout the US and Canada. I enjoy helping others better understand agriculture.


    Prior to ABG Ag Services, I was a Congressional Science Fellow for the American Society of Agronomy. In that position, I worked for US Senator Tom Daschle, as a legislative assistant for the Research and General Legislation subcommittee of the US Senate Ag Committee. I also worked as a technician for Monsanto in St Louis. My work at Monsanto included growing weeds and working with radioactive surfactants.


    I am married to Cindy Koppatschek. Cindy is from Three Hills, Alberta and her family farms in that area. We have three children, Clayton, Sage and Brooke (soil, plants and water). They are very involved in sports and our local church. Our family enjoys the outdoors and being together. We travel to Alberta several times a year.


    I look forward to helping as a Senior Agri Coach. I have knowledge of agrichemical, tillage, pest control, environmental and policy issues. I like to learn and help others understand complex topics.

  • Jan 31, 2013
    AGRI-TREND USA Welcomes New Agri-Coach Nick Troy, to Our Growing Network!

    I grew up in Augusta Montana where my family is involved in cattle and farming. I attended Montana State University and received a Bachelor's of Science in Agriculture Education. After graduation I worked for Ag Partners as an Agronomy Operations Specialist in Glendive MT. During my time in Glendive I took a special interest in crop planning and nutrient management. With the growing world population it will be necessary to increase for food production. I want to help our farmers feed the world by helping producers identify yield limiting factors, then to find solutions to their unique production limiting factors. This will help producers increase the quantity and quality of their products. I will be able to do this because of the AGRI-TREND network. With AGRI-TREND network I can draw on professionals from every aspect of production agriculture, and bring all their expertise together to solve one producer's production challenges.

  • Jan 30, 2013
    AGRI-TREND Business Management Welcomes Reid Henderson, Leader of Risk Management & Insurance, to our Network

    Reid was born and raised on a mixed farm near Minitonas, Manitoba. The homestead received Century Farm status in 1999. Growing up, he was actively involved in 4-H and local sports.


    Reid brings over 20 years of general insurance experience and expertise. He has been involved in the servicing for many industries including agribusiness, manufacturing and professional services.


    Prior to joining AGRI-TREND, Reid was in a senior management position with a multi-location brokerage. In his seven plus years as general manager, he championed organic growth within the branches as well as assisting in securing eight acquisitions. During this period, Reid championed the growth of Property & Casualty premiums from $10MM to $25MM. Previous to this, he was a Vice-President with Marsh Canada Ltd.


    Reid has been on many insurance company broker advisory councils that has brought him many innovative ideas for delivery end products, providing extra value and ensuring that claims are handled efficiently and empathetically.


    He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Economics) from the University of Manitoba and the Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker (CAIB) and his Canadian Risk Management (CRM) designation.

  • Jan 24, 2013
    AGRI-TREND Agrology Ltd. Welcomes New Sr. Agr-Coach, Jim Bessel!

     


    Jim was raised on a mixed family farm in east central Saskatchewan, where he own and managed a grain and dairy operation during the 70’s and early 80’s.


    Jim has worked with the Canola Council Canada (CCC) team since 1986 and officially joined the council in 1990 as an agronomist. From 1986 to 1989, he worked with the Grow with Canola program as a technician, finishing the program under the Saskatchewan Canola Growers as their Research Manager. From 1990 to 2002, he developed the Canola Production Centre (CPC) program in Saskatchewan as the CCC agronomist. This included conducting field-scale applied research and demonstration trials. In 1994, he became the CCC Senior Agronomist and Eastern Prairie Regional Manager, responsible for all aspects of the CPC program in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, along with providing assistance in Alberta and the Peace region. This included leading a team of agronomists and technicians. From 2002 to 2006, following the conclusion of the CPC program, he was involved in the development and implementation of a new extension format for CCC, called the Canola Advantage program.


    Since 2006 to his retirement in 2012, Jim worked as Senior Agronomy Specialist and Project Leader, responsible for harvest and storage management, focusing on special projects, such as combine clinics held across Western Canada. Jim led special projects, involving air drill clinics and the Prairie-Wide Pest Monitoring program. In addition, since the beginning of the Canola Watch program, he had provided agronomic information in many facets to the North and North East region of Saskatchewan.


    Jim has developed and ensured the implementation of agronomic programs through many facets of extension. He was a very visible spokesperson for the Canola Council of Canada. He has always worked and continues to work with all stakeholders within the canola industry to enhance profitability and production.


    Since his semi-retirement Jim continues to pursue his passion of production agriculture as a contactor.


     

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