Esteemed agronomist joins Agri-Trend Inc.

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Kalispell, Mont. — Agri-Trend Inc. has named Tim Eyrich as the Director of Business Development of it’s new Agri-Knowledge Division, which is dedicated to improving knowledge transfer between the scientific community, industry and farmers.

The launch of Agri-Knowledge completes Agri-Trend’s full-service model, making it the only company to provide farmers with agricultural coaching, knowledge transfer and a farm data platform in one complete system.

In his new role, Mr. Eyrich will enhance Agri-Trend’s training, research and grower support services as well as facilitate technology integration from industry to farm level.

“What’s needed is a strong conduit to bring science down to the common denominator, the farmer,” says Mr. Eyrich, former senior manager of Product Development for Plant Nutrition Nutrition and Yield Enhancement at WinField Solutions, a division of Land o’ Lakes, the second largest agricultural co-operative in the U.S. “The other issue is that the science around farming has been compartmentalized — soils, moisture, plant physiology, insects — and very few people can put the components to-gether and help the farmer make it work.”

With today’s advances in seed genetics, farmers cannot afford to think in silos. “The genetics now are incredible,” says Mr. Eyrich. “They’ll help you perform so much better if you do understand how the whole system works together, and punish you so much more if you don’t.”

Toby Goodroad, who leads Agri-Trend USA, says Mr. Eyrich embodies Agri-Trend’s passion for finding innovative ways of transferring vital knowledge between industry, scientists and growers. “Growers need to find a way to stay on top of what’s going on out there — and manage their farms for maximum profitability,” says Mr. Goodroad.

Mr. Eyrich will focus on developing both internal and external training programs, building new intelligence into Agri-Trend’s data platform, Agri-Data, and developing new research protocols.

Mr. Eyrich grew up in Bowie, Arizona. After university he ran his own independent agricultural consulting company in West Tennessee for 12 years and then moved to Western Nebraska to work as an agronomist. For the last 12 years has held various positions with WinField Solutions.

Mr. Eyrich says Agri-Trend’s independent, unbiased nature allows the company to focus entirely on the needs of the grower.

“I want to be grower-focused and agronomic-focused again,” he says. “My passion is having the freedom to fix an agronomic problem with no restrictions on how I do it.”

For more information, please visit agritrend.com.