AGRI-TREND® OFFICIAL NEWS & UPDATES


  • Sep 18, 2008
    Agri-Trend Agrology Welcomes Chris Solick, B. Sc., as a Agri-Coach

    Chris grew up on a family farm in Central Alberta in the Lacombe area and after working abroad for 3 years has returned home, bringing a greater knowledge of global agriculture back to his Agri-Coaching™ business. He graduated from the University of Alberta in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree. After university, Chris worked for United Grain Growers in Calmar AB looking after the crop inputs department. He then moved on to working with Agri-Trend Agrology™  for several years, where he was involved in the early development of the Strategic Crop Plan™  and Agri-Coach Program™  as well as providing consulting services for growers and helping other Agri-Coaches™.  Chris has spent time traveling. He lived in Costa Rica for two years where he worked with growers and corporations on a wide variety of fruit and vegetable crops. Following that, he spent a year in Australia; part of the time working for Bayer CropScience in production of parent seed for Canadian canola seed production. Chris has also traveled extensively throughout Central and South America as well as New Zealand.

    Chris is looking forward to putting his experience and knowledge to good use with his clients within the Central Alberta region.  Please join us in welcoming Chris back to Agri-Trend Agrology™.

  • Sep 18, 2008
    Agri-Trend Agrology Welcomes Bob Chubb, B.S.A.,Dip. Ag,CCA. as an Agri-Coach

    Bob brings more than 25 years of industry experience in agriculture to the Agri-Trend Network. He has worked with a variety of crops and soils across Manitoba and Saskatchewan and can help with fertility and manure management, annual crops, forages and some special and horticultural crops.

    Bob attended the University of Manitoba where he earned his Diploma in Agriculture in 1983 and his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1989. He has continued to upgrade his knowledge over the years through a combination of industry training, practical experience and continuing education, and as a Certified Crop Advisor he is committed to ongoing education and training. He joined Agri-Trend Agrology because it is one of the industries best sources of knowledge and helps him stay current on new developments and technologies that impact the business of agriculture.

    Most recently Bob advised growers on all aspects of their production as a Retail Agronomist for 4 seasons at a full service farm supply dealership. He represented Gustafson as a manufacturer’s representative to growers, retailers, custom applicators, extension personnel and the seed industry for 10 years working with seed treatments, seed coatings and application equipment. As a supplier representative he provided technical support for many projects to determine Best Management Practices as well as making numerous educational presentations and instructing segments of Pesticide Applicator Certification training. He also worked with Gustafson and Agriculture Canada assisting in field programs testing experimental herbicides, seed protection products, seed coatings, other seed applied technologies and working for plant breeders. He understands the regulatory environment and what it takes to start and operate a small business through his involvement in two small businesses operating in the waste management and environmental industries.

    As agriculture and the environment become more regulated, and more emphasis placed on food safety and traceability, Bob can help growers achieve higher levels of management and take advantage of new opportunities. His business is based in Portage la Prairie and he looks forward to helping growers and livestock producers in South Central Manitoba grow their business and achieve their goals using the Science of Growth through Agri-Trend’s Strategic Crop Plan™  and other initiatives.

  • Sep 18, 2008
    Agri-Trend Agrology Welcomes Mike Loney as an Agri-Coach

    Mike grew up in the town of Morinville, AB which is just north of Edmonton. He followed his father around from a very young age while he was territory manager for a chemical company for 26 years.

    After high school Mike fulfilled his dream of becoming an agronomist by attending Olds College in the Crop Advisor Program. Since achieving his diploma, Mike has worked in many different areas broadening his work experience which has included the Alberta Pulse Growers doing test plots in Barrhead, AB, Bayer CropScience in chemical screening in Innisfail, AB, Norwest Labs as a soil processor in Edmonton, AB, as well as Agricore United in Vegreville, AB as a crop scout. Mike has recently spent the last 3 years with McEwen’s Esso in Morinville, AB as an agronomist.

    For past times, Mike can be found in many arenas ranging all over northern Alberta chasing his (soon to be) brother in-laws who play Junior and Midget AA hockey in Morinville. He also enjoys sport quading on his 660 raptor and fixing up his 1975 Ford f-100 pick up.

    Through McEwen’s Mike is looking forward to becoming a new member to the Agri-Coach community. He is looking forward to sharing his knowledge and utilizing the many years of experience in the Sr. Agri-Coach™  and the Agri-Coach™  networks. Thanks to McEwen’s for the opportunity and thanks to Agri-Trend for having such a program to furthering knowledge to retailers’ and, more importantly, to furthering knowledge in the farmers’ constantly changing business. Mike’s desire is to be able to use this knowledge to assist existing customers of McEwen’s and also new customers that may come in the future.

  • Sep 18, 2008
    Agri-Trend Agrology Welcomes Markus Braaten, B.S., CCA, as a New Agri-Coach

    Markus Braaten graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Agriculture Education and Biology in 1998. He spent six years as an instructor of Agriculture Science concentrating in the areas of Ag Business & Economics, Horticulture, Crop & Livestock Production, Equine Science and Precision Agriculture.

    Markus returned with his wife and children to Kalispell, their hometown, in 2000 where he continued teaching prior to starting their consulting business. Currently, he works with farmers, ranchers and landowners, large and small, in Western Montana as an Agri-Coach™ and Certified Crop Advisor™.

    Markus can play an integral role in the adoption of cutting edge technology for his clients and has instructed multiple classes on the implementation of GPS, GIS and Remote Sensing in an agricultural setting. He also assists his father on a registered Black Angus operation and is instrumental in livestock selection and the A.I. program. Markus’s enthusiasm, ongoing effort to stay at the forefront of the agricultural industry and desire to work closely with agricultural producers, makes him a valuable partner in any operation.

  • Sep 18, 2008
    Agri-Trend Agrology Welcomes Tanner Pollack B.S.A., as a New Agri-Coach

    Tanner is starting an Agri-Coaching business in the South Peace region of Alberta, and is excited about the opportunity to work closely with local producers on growing their businesses. Tanner grew up in the High Prairie area and is still actively involved in the family farm, which focuses on cattle and grain production.

    He graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree in 2006, majoring in Range and Pasture Management. From 2004 to 2008, Tanner worked for the local Viterra (formerly Agricore United) as a crop scout, and later as a location manager, where he gained his competence with the field-level issues that affect producers in area, as well as some of the fundamental issues related to running a business.

    Tanner wants the focus of his business to be helping his clients with strategic planning for their businesses, services for in-season agronomy issues, and also manure management and regulatory compliance, pasture management planning, and access to carbon credit aggregation and trading.

    Tanner joined the Agri-Trend Network for access to the wisdom and new ideas from the rest of the Agri-Coaches™, the team of Senior Agri-Coaches™, the tools, support, and training provided by Agri-Trend Agrology™ , and the experience in providing good value to clients.

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