The PrecisionAg Awards of Excellence have been selected to honor outstanding people, programs and organizations that are making a positive impact on the precision ag industry. According to PrecisionAg Media, this year’s winners have devoted their careers to technology designed to improve crop production stewardship, agronomy and efficiency.
And the awards go to…
- Educator/Researcher of the Year – Dr. Brian Arnall, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, whose program focuses on implementing precision ag technologies and nutrient management with emphasis on site-specific techniques.
- Legacy Award – Dr. Marvin Stone, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK (posthumous award), who during his time at OSU authored nearly 100 papers, received millions of dollars in grants, and taught legions of young, aspiring engineers while mentoring and advising dozens of graduate students across multiple disciplines.
- Crop Advisor/Entrepreneur of the Year – Ag Partners, L.L.C., Albert City, IA provides products, services and market access in the areas of grain, agronomy, feed, and petroleum. The company has developed and manages InSiteCDM, a unique crop data management program that helps producers maximize profits and make more efficient inputs.
- Farmer of the Year – Craige Mackenzie, Greenvale Pastures & Three Springs Dairies, Methven, New Zealand, is an innovative dairy and crop farmer since 1984 in Methven, New Zealand. His focus is on utilizing precision agriculture systems to maximize nutrient and irrigation efficiency for improved farm sustainability, both environmental and financial. In 2010, Craige and daughter, Jemma, established Agri-Optics Ltd., New Zealand’s first precision agriculture service company providing precision ag tools and services to NZ farming systems with a focus on field sensing (crop sensing and Electro Magnetic soil surveying) and spatial data management solutions.