InfoAg 2021 Presentation
Remote Sensing

Grand ABC
Wed, Aug 4, 2021
11:20am to 12:00pm

Remote Sensing Panel


David Gustafson

Project Director
Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC)

Dave Gustafson currently serves as a CTIC Project Director. His academic training was in chemical engineering (Stanford, B.S., 1980; University of Washington, Ph.D., 1983). He worked 30 years in private industry (Shell, Rhône-Poulenc, Monsanto) and then at the Agiruclture & Food Systems Institute through 2016. Now an independent scientist, he leads research helping food systems meet nutrition needs in more sustainable ways. Dave’s early career focused on environmental modeling agricultural impacts on water quality, and subsequently on various other sustainability issues. Beginning in 2007, Dave began leading efforts to understand climate adaptation and mitigation imperatives in the global agri-food system. 

Jim Hedrick

Managing Partner
Horizon Ag Consulting, LLC

Jim was raised on a farm in West-Central Indiana, attended Purdue University and has 25+ years of retail and wholesale agronomy sales and management experience.  Agronomy experiences include retail and wholesale sales in Indiana, Texas and Kentucky. Roles included Retail and Wholesale Ag Chemical sales plus Retail Agronomy Management and serving as the Director of Sales and Marketing for a Midwest Regional Independent Agronomy business. Jim currently serves as Managing Partner of Horizon Ag Consulting, LLC and Sagamore Ag Source, LLC.

In 2009 Jim founded Horizon Ag Consulting, LLC, based in Lafayette Indiana.  Horizon is an independent consulting business that provides agronomy and business succession planning services to clients in the Midwestern states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Iowa plus Texas.  Jim builds on his experiences of working with farmers from diverse cultural and agronomic environments to evaluate agronomy, business and family competencies to deliver responsive consulting advice.  Some of Horizon’s Agronomy Strategies include front loading crop nutrition to drive plant metabolism, in-furrow fungicides to manage increased seedling disease incidence, and managing plant tissue nutrition at higher thresholds to enhance grain fill rates resulting in higher grain density/seed weight.  

Orlando Saez

CEO / Co-Founder
Aker Technologies Inc.

Orlando is the Co-founder & CEO of Aker Technologies, Inc., a venture-backed precision crop diagnostic and analytics company headquartered at the Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, MO. Orlando is a goal-oriented technology leader with experience in start-ups, buy-outs, venture capital and established companies across telecommunication and agriculture industries. Notable exits include Boingo Wireless, where Orlando led product marketing. Orlando was the Director of the Office of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology for the State of Illinois where he led $78M government-sponsored investments for early stage startups. Orlando holds a BS Computer Engineering from University of Puerto Rico, MS in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology and MBA at Stuart School of Business. Orlando commutes between Chicago, Florida and St. Louis and he is passionate about technology, STEM education and improving farming practices around the world.

Misty Tucker

Global Industry Principal - Agriculture

My name is Misty Tucker and I am a professional agronomist with 15 years of experience in the agricultural industry. My previous experience includes plant breeding, conducting field trials, retail agriculture, precision agronomics, drone data capture, and aerospace application in the agricultural vertical. In my personal life, I am a mother of four daughters, a 4H leader, and run a small family farm. I have a passion for agriculture and finding ways to improve our processes and capabilities to better serve fellow agronomists, growers, and our planet. 

Ty Tucker

Precision Technology Agronomist
Sunrise FS & GROWMARK Inc.

I have worked in the FS GROWMARK system for 3 years with roles in Crop Protection, Technology & Innovation, and Precision Agronomy at the member company level. Pre-Career intern experience includes the GROWMARK corporate internship and 2 summers with Ken Ferrie at CropTech Consulting. I have a bachelor’s degree in Ag Business from Illinois State University