• Jul 14, 2009
    Agri-Trend and Simplot Form new Joint Venture Agri-Data Management Company

    Red Deer, AB, July, 2009: Agri-Trend Data Corp of Red Deer, Alberta, and The J.R. Simplot Company of Boise, Idaho, have created a joint-venture company called the U.S. Agri-Data Solutions LLC (USADS) to deliver their proprietary Agri-Data Solution Netware Platform to agricultural producers and processors in the United States.

    The new company will market and deploy the agricultural data management system to growers, food processors, and other agricultural applications in the U.S. The fee-based data management platform has been used extensively in Canada for the past ten years and has been customized and tested for U.S. cropping systems and patterns for the past two growing seasons.

    The Agri-Data Solution™ ( is a web based system that allows growers to fully integrate all their data into a single management system, and transmit specific farming data to key stakeholders, such as crop advisers, banks, processors and others who have a vested interest in a particular crop or field.

    The system can also be used for documenting carbon sequestration activities, and by agricultural processors for contract compliance and to document land-applied processed water.

    In addition to data management, The Agri-Data Solution™ will provide all important documentation, which will increasingly be required of growers.

    Bill Whitacre, CEO-elect of The J.R. Simplot Company feels the partnership is the starting point for track and traceable food/feed systems as well as demonstrating good agricultural practices.

    "The foundation for demonstrating good stewardship and sustainable farming practices begins at the field level with on-the-ground data management and documentation", he said. "We've been developing this concept for several years and today it is a working reality."

    According to Whitacre, the technology has wide applications beyond the Simplot Company.

    "We felt that by creating a separate and stand-alone company, we could maintain data privacy and make this platform available to the entire agricultural industry."

    Robert Saik, CEO and founder of The Agri-Trend Group of Companies adds, "We have been developing our on-line, encrypted, fully integrated Netware platform since 1999 and were recognized as Alberta Ag E-Business of the Year in 2002 for demonstrating how farmers and agri-business could use the power of the Internet to improve production and grower profits. The Agri-Data Solution™ Platform, and its related components have been used on millions of acres of farmland in Canada and after an extensive testing period, we are delighted to move forward with the J.R. Simplot Company to offer this platform for use by growers and agri-business in the U.S.

    Terms of Transaction were not disclosed.

    Agri-Trend Data Corp is part of The Agri-Trend Group of Companies a privately-held organization headquartered in Red Deer, Alberta with offices in Calgary, Alberta and Winnipeg, Manitoba. Agri-Trend provides leadership through "The Science of Growth" to farmers, agronomists, agri-retailers, and agri-industry in the area of production consulting, agricultural offset carbon credit generation, grain marketing strategies and data management innovation. The Agri-Trend Network spans Canada with operations in the United States and affiliates in Australia.

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    The J.R. Simplot Company, a privately-held agri-business in Boise, Idaho, responsibly Brings Earths Resources to Life with an integrated portfolio that includes phosphate mining, fertilizer manufacturing, farming, ranching and cattle production, food processing, food brands and other enterprises related to agriculture. Simplot's major operations are in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and China, with products marketed in over 40 countries worldwide.

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  • Jul 8, 2009
    Agri-Trend Agrology Welcomes Therese Tompkins, Bsc.Ag as new Agri-Coach

    Therese grew up and worked on a large dry-land grain farm near Wrentham Alberta. After completing a degree in Plant Science at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, she worked with Alberta Agriculture on many environmentally based extension programs. The most recent program was the Alberta environmental farm plan. Therese’s career history has always involved working with farmers but not always in the field. By joining the Agri-Trend team she can get back to the field and focus on sharing agronomic expertise.

    Therese is excited to be working with Dow Fertilizers and the Agri-Trend team. She will be working with farmers in the Onoway/Peers/Mayerthorpe, Alberta area.

  • Apr 17, 2009
    Agri-Trend Agrology Welcomes Can Grow Crop Solutions as Another Business "Powered by Agri-Trend"

    Can Grow Crop Solutions Inc is a modern fluid fertilizer facility that is one of the most visible and progressive independently owned fertilizer companies in South Western Ontario. They set themselves apart with ability to custom blend all fertilizer elements on a crop, farm, and field basis while delivering the finished product to the customer in a quick and timely manner.

    They are based near Alvinstron and serve the counties of Lambton, Middlesex, Elgin, Kent, Essex, Oxford, Perth, Brant, Haldiman-Norfolk, Central Ontario and the state of Michigan.

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  • Apr 17, 2009
    Agri-Trend Agrology Welcomes Wigmore Farms as Another Business "Agrology Powered by Agri-Trend"

    Agri-Trend Agrology is pleased to welcome Wigmore Farms | Crop Production Products Division- Laura Shoemaker and her Retail Associates- Derek Freeman, Jeff Clarke and Ken Robertson to the Agri-Trend Network.

    Wigmore Farms has over 100 years of history in Saskatchewan farming. Since 1974, Wigmore Farms has been operation from the Grand Coulee area, in the Regina Plains of Saskatchewan. As a fully integrated business, they specialize in the crop production management of their own farm as well as supplying farm management services. Their Crop Production Products Division operates from several locations throughout Southern Saskatchewan.

    Assiniboia 306.642.5941
    Briercrest 306.799.2166
    Avonlea 306.868.2252
    Ogema 306.459.2545

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  • Apr 15, 2009
    Agri-Trend Agrology Welcomes Stuart and Sierra Priestley as new Agri-Coaches

    Sierra grew up on her parent’s grain farm near Lyleton in SW MB. When she was 16 she started soil testing for the local elevator which led to 9 years in crop supplies and something she didn’t expect which was a life long love for agriculture.
    At 18, she bought her first ¼ section of land and thought that farming was going to be her life, only to find out that she was truly passionate about helping producers achieve their farming goals.
    In 2000, Sierra entered the Crop Technology program at Lakeland College, Vermillion AB, and in 2001 managed Lakeland’s Student Managed Farm.
    Upon graduating she returned home to Manitoba and continued to work with was then Agricore United as a CSR for 6 years.
    Sierra and her husband just bought his parent’s cattle farm at Arrow River, MB. Their hope it to give their daughter, Scotlin, the way of life they love so much and continue to work with area producers with the knowledge and technology that Agri-Trend has to offer.

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