SOURCE: Farmers Edge

August 08, 2013 10:02 ET

Farmers Edge Named as a 2013 ASTech Awards Honouree

WINNIPEG, MB --(Marketwired - August 08, 2013) -  Farmers Edge, provider of precision agronomic management services, has been selected as one of the 23 Honourees of the 2013 Alberta Science and Technology Leadership Awards. The theme of this year's ASTech Awards Gala is "Shaping the Future" and will showcase the significant impact each of the honourees have in the development of innovation in Alberta. The honourees will be recognized for their contributions at the 2013 ASTech Awards Gala on October 25, 2013.

For 24 years, the ASTech Foundation has invited members of industry, educational institutions and government agencies to be nominated for the ASTech Awards and only the top candidates are selected as honourees in each category.

 "Congratulations to our 2013 honourees! Every year, I am awestruck at the caliber of the nominations we receive. From these, the judges have the difficult task of selecting those who deserve to be recognized as honourees, and from these, the winners will be announced at the annual gala," says Lynn Sutherland, ASTech Foundation executive director. "The honourees we selected are all truly making a difference for technology and science in Alberta and I am very excited to showcase their contributions at the ASTech Awards Gala this year." 

"We are very proud to be named with a prestigious list of some of Alberta's most highly respected innovators," says Wade Barnes, president and CEO of Farmers Edge. "Farmers Edge focus is on being innovators and through the use of variable rate technology and traditional agronomy bridging the gap between all agricultural stakeholders."

Recognized for the development of Advanced Geospatial Yield Analysis. This technology enables the ability to process vast amounts of harvest data to measure yield results with geospatial accuracy. This powerful new tool from Farmers Edge allows better measurement of the yield and return of investment of crop input decisions on an unprecedented number fields allowing growers to make better farm management decisions.

Farmers Edge and its founders have been awarded numerous awards for their innovations and business success over the years. This includes being named the 2009 BDC Young Entrepreneur Award for Manitoba, where they were presented the award by Prime Minister Stephen Harper at a ceremony in Ottawa. 

Awards include:

2009 AG Innovations Award at Red Deer's Agri-Trade farm show (Variable Rate Technology Service)

2009 BDC Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award

2010 AG Innovations Award at Red Deer's Agri-Trade farm show (Telematics Service)

2010 Manitoba's Fastest Growing Company

2011 AG Innovations Award at Red Deer's Agri-Trade farm show (Precision Edge Crop Production Software)

2011 Manitoba's 3rd Fastest Growing Company

2011 Canada's 13th Fastest Growing Company

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About Farmers Edge

Farmers Edge has been in operation since 2005 and provides nutrient management planning and agronomic services to producers on over four million acres in Western Canada, the United States and Russia. Their mission is to make crop production more profitable and sustainable for customers by assisting in the adoption of innovative agricultural practices. With the development and use of advanced tools and technologies, we can protect our global resources and maintain a reliable food supply. For more information on Farmers Edge, visit their website at http://www.farmersedge.ca.

About the ASTech Foundation 

The Alberta Science and Technology Leadership (ASTech) Foundation is a not-for-profit organization founded through an industry initiative in 1989. The ASTech Foundation was created to showcase the substantial achievements in science and technology in Alberta and to promote the importance of these activities to social and economic benefit. ASTech has grown with the support of patron organizations spanning major industries, academic institutions and government, all of whom recognize and celebrate excellence in science and technology in Alberta. 

The ASTech Foundation's mission is to identify and celebrate outstanding achievements in science and technology in Alberta in order to inspire future innovation and leadership. The ASTech Awards are Alberta's highest science and technology honours.

For more information on the ASTech Foundation, please visit www.astech.ca.

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