FarmersEdge has announced an expansion of its sales and operations teams throughout the nation and will grow its presence throughout the nation's major growing regions., including: Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Missouri and Kansas.
In late 2014, the Canadian data management solutions company announced it had received a major investment from San Francisco-based firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, in order to fund expansion of Farmers Edge's technology platform and support growth in international markets
In June 2015, FarmersEdge opened its U.S. headquarters in Shakopee, Minn.
“We’ve seen Monsanto and a recent surge of new start-ups targeting the Midwest, which has a plethora of free and historical data that already exists, but trying to sell digital data in these well-established markets is a commodity game that offers growers very little in the way of new information,” said Wade Barnes, President and CEO of FarmersEdge. “Their challenge is compounded when you move out of data-rich environments like the Midwest to a state like North Dakota where the data simply doesn’t yet exist. Our strength lies in our ability to extrapolate fresh, field-level data in both data-rich and data-sparse regions. This is why we’re thriving.”
With this U.S. expansion, growers throughout the country will have access to the FarmersEdge Precision Solutions package, a comprehensive turnkey system that includes: Variable Rate Technology, soil sampling and analysis, field centric weather monitoring, in-field telematics and data transfer, high-resolution satellite imagery, field-centric data analytics, access to integrated farm management platform and real boots on the ground.
“In most of the world’s agricultural regions, and the U.S. is no different, existing big data solutions are falling short of what field-centric tools and talent can add. In expanding our boots on the ground here, we’re further establishing ourselves as an on-farm necessity,” continued Barnes. “In the U.S. markets, we’re ensuring growers that they have the data they need to maximize profitability, optimize on-farm inputs and ultimately improve growing practices through increased sustainability.”