President & CEO, Farmers Edge
As one of the foremost agronomists in North America, Wade Barnes is a pioneer in the Precision Agriculture movement. Raised as a grower in rural Manitoba, Canada, Wade founded Farmers Edge in 2005 and over the last decade has expanded both the company and the range of grower-based solutions Farmers Edge offers to encompass 4 continents and 5 countries. Leading a team of 300+ dedicated agronomists, technology innovators, and sustainability experts, Wade is focused on increasing sustainable farm yields to feed the world’s 9B by 2050.
In his role as President & CEO, Barnes has grown Farmers Edge into the preeminent provider of precision agriculture platforms and independent data management solutions for growers worldwide. The Company’s Variable Rate Technology has become the de facto in on-farm best practices for the world’s major grower basins from North America’s Midwest, to the Krasnodar in Russia, Australia’s New South Wales and Mato Grosso in Brazil, just to name a few. Under his leadership, Farmers Edge has partnered with agriculture’s largest multinationals, from Dow to The Weather Company, an IBM business, to further agricultural sustainability, responsible supply-chains, and advanced agronomy. His experiences, both as a grower and as an entrepreneur, have made him a trusted voice, and he is regularly invited to speak on the impact of advanced technologies, emerging carbon markets and the role these play in our evolving agricultural supply chains.