Farmers Edge, a global leader in precision agriculture and independent data management solutions, has been awarded as one of the World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers, a selection of the world’s most innovative companies. Easily integrated with growers’ existing equipment and programs, the Farmers Edge Precision Solutions package provides a comprehensive turnkey system that includes: Variable Rate Technology, soil sampling and analysis, field-centric weather, in-field telematics and data transfer, high-resolution satellite imagery, field-centric data analytics, access to FarmCommand – an integrated farm management platform – and a network of highly experienced, trusted advisors to ensure growers have the data they need to make informed on-farm decisions for maximizing sustainable yields.
Farmers Edge was chosen by a professional jury among hundreds of candidates as one of the 30 selected companies. Thanks to its selection, it will have access to an influential and sought-after business and political network worldwide. Wade Barnes, President and CEO of Farmers Edge, is participating in the Annual Meeting of the New Champions, and many Technology Pioneers will also participate in the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.
“We welcome Farmers Edge in this group of extraordinary pioneers,” said Fulvia Montresor, Head of Technology Pioneers at the World Economic Forum. “Farmers Edge is among those companies that is shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work and relate to one another. Through the platform of the World Economic Forum, it will be able to scale and share its technology and achieve a larger impact.”
“We’re proud to be recognized by the World Economic Forum for our leadership in the next generation of precision agriculture innovation,” said Wade Barnes, President and CEO of Farmers Edge. “Our data-driven approach to sustainable agriculture will continue to be a key tool for growers needing to improve productivity without deteriorating environmental conditions. Ultimately, as these conditions change and the population grows, our approach to farming represents a replicable, scalable model for the world’s largest and most important agricultural regions. We’re honored to be a part of the global food security solution.”
As in previous years, American-based entrepreneurs continue to dominate the list of Technology Pioneers, with 22 out of 30 recipients. Other selected pioneers come from France (2), Luxembourg (2), and Canada, Israel, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The Technology Pioneers are mostly active in IT, health (medtech), food, energy, environment, financial services (fintech) and production.
The Technology Pioneers were selected from among hundreds of applicants by a selection committee of 68 academics, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and corporate executives. Notable members of the committee include Jeffrey M. Drazen (Editor-in-Chief, The New England Journal of Medicine) and Sang Yup Lee (Distinguished Professor and Director, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology). The committee based its decisions on criteria including innovation, potential impact, working prototype, viability and leadership. Past recipients include Google (2001), Wikimedia (2007), Mozilla (2007), Kickstarter (2011) and Airbnb (2013). More information on past winners can be found here.