Richard Leblanc

Wade Barnes

Chief Executive Officer
Farmers Edge Inc.

Wade Barnes is Chief Executive Officer at Farmers Edge. In this role, Wade 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, to name a few. Under his leadership, Farmers Edge has partnered with agriculture's largest multinationals, including The Weather Company, an IBM business, PartnerRe, Lindsay Corporation, HBS Systems, CNHi, Global Ag Risk Solutions, Richardson Pioneer to further agricultural sustainability and digital agronomy.

Raised as a farm boy in rural Manitoba, Wade is a pioneer in the Precision Agriculture movement. He 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 four continents and five countries. Leading a team of 550+ dedicated agronomists, technology innovators, and sustainability experts, Wade is focused on increasing sustainable farm yields to feed the world's 9B by 2050.

Wade's 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 AI and IoT technologies and the role they play in our evolving agricultural supply chains.