Entries by Orlando Saez

Can the Midwest own innovation in Big Agriculture?

  As the innovation ecosystem in the Midwest expands with almost breathtaking speed, we are establishing ourselves as best-of-class in fields such as nanotechnology, robotics, digital and financial tech, material science and advanced manufacturing. I want to add one more area in which the Midwest can be recognized as the world’s leader in innovation. It […]

Aker wins the Clean Energy Trust Challenge

There are no words to describe winning, the validation of the hard work of your team, and gaining more enthusiastic supporters to achieve your purpose. Yesterday was a defining day for Aker as we continue to move the ball down the field to bring meaningful tools for faster adoption of precision agriculture practices globally. We are honored to […]

Aker expands service to Arizona and Imperial Valley regions

Aker is pleased to announce general service availability across Arizona and Imperial Valley regions starting this spring. This expansion is possible because of our new agent and service partnership with BPG Designs with offices in Tempe, AZ and Carlsbad, CA. “We are excited to partner with the BPG team as they have over 17 years of successful […]

GAIN Panel at Invest Midwest

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure to sit along-side 25 early stage investors in an Ag leader panel about agriculture technology trends, industry challenges and opportunities ahead. Moderating the panel was Claire Kinlaw, Director of Agriculture practice, LARTA Institute. The other panel participants were Pete Nelson, President, Ag Innovation Development Group; Blake Hurst, President, Missouri Farm […]

Efficient farming helps everyone win!

Brazil had the highest deforestation rate in the world. In the 1960s, deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon became more widespread as policies were introduced to eliminate hunger and to pay off its debt obligations. Much of the new arable land in the region had poor soil, which made plantation-based agriculture unprofitable, especially for corn and […]

What we learned in 2016 will help generations of growers.

The digital transformation in agriculture is bringing new frontiers of possibilities and efficiency. In our first year of service, we collected thousands of acres in over hundreds of fields. Our agronomists went to work early in the season as they reviewed every single image for high impact financial threats, which is a core part of […]

Aker launches innovative crop monitoring service exclusively for Ag retailers in the Midwest

Leading Edge Technologies, Inc., a leading retailer of enterprise UAVs for Agriculture in the Midwest announced the introduction of Aker, it’s flagship smart-directed crop monitoring service. “Especially in tough economic times, growers and retailers are seeking creative approaches to align crop inputs with the best opportunity for results and yield return.”, states Todd Golly, co-founder […]