Agrible Joins With Illinois Corn for Precision Conservation

Cindy Zimmerman

Agrible, Inc. is joining with the Illinois Corn Growers Association (ICGA) and other partners to implement the Precision Conservation Management Program (PCM), which was recently awarded a $5.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“Illinois Corn is excited to have Agrible as a partner in the PCM program,” said Laura Gentry, Director of Water Quality Science. “We share Agrible’s belief that good decisions are based on good information, and they provide tools that equip farmers to make the best decisions for their farms, their families and our environment.”

The PCM program is designed to help farmers use the best practices to protect water quality and prevent nutrient loss and has four main goals: promote adoption of conservation practices; encourage participation in conservation programs; track, analyze and demonstrate changes in farmer practices; and redirect currently-available precision technology tools to specifically address conservation challenge.

As an ag technology company that works directly with growers, Agrible sees a tremendous role for precision technologies and decision tools in this collective effort to improve water, soil and air resources. “Conservation and sustainability are driving factors for our business and inform the technology we create,” said Agrible CEO Chris Harbourt. “New technologies are going to play a pivotal role in the future of agricultural conservation and we’re thrilled to be part of this program.” Agrible’s predictive analytics tools specialize in using big data to aid growers in making the most informed and sustainable decisions on their fields.

Other organizations partnering with PCM include the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, the University of Illinois, Farm Business Farm Management, and Heartland Science and Technology Group. For more information on the PCM program, visit the Illinois Corn website at www.ilcorn.org/pcm

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