In our Expert Spotlight series, we focus on our AgriThority® talent and the work they do. In their own words, you’ll learn about their global travels, and the crops, technologies and innovations they research.
As a Project and Market Analyst at AgriThority, I work in many aspects of the business from field trial services, client relations, and project management to software management and data analysis. I work with many experts here at AgriThority. Many have doctorate degrees, are multilingual, serve as industry leaders, and are international specialists. AgriThority pulls from this deep intellectual knowledge base to serve its clients in many ways and at the highest levels.
Through my work at AgriThority I continue to be an advocate for agriculture. Farming was a way of life for me growing up. I was born in Nevada, Missouri, a small rural community that was centered around agriculture. My grandfather established Forkner Family Farms and just as the name implies, it was a family affair. He taught me the meaning of family, hard work, and instilled in me his passion for agriculture all while lovingly tending to his cattle, hogs and row crops. Seeing this as a young boy, I knew the agricultural industry was the place for me.
In order to further expand my agricultural knowledge base, I attended the University of Missouri where I received a BS in Agribusiness Management and an MS in Agricultural and Applied economics. I gained experience doing intensive research into commodity markets. I used the latest industry level data to provide rigorous analytic support to commodity forecasting projects both for private and public sector decision makers operating in production agriculture, agribusinesses, trade, and related environmental areas.
The University of Missouri also facilitated my union with AgriThority® as Founder and President, Jerry Duff, is also an alum. The holistic approach AgriThority applies to agricultural consulting and research pairs well with my technical and industry experience. My involvement in production agriculture growing up allows me to contribute from the grower’s perspective at AgriThority.
Forward-thinking agriculture experts with deep scientific experience are the core of AgriThority®. As an independent global science consultancy, we focus on exploring potential, expanding market access and evolving production for greater food security and sustainability. When your Research is ready for Development, turn to AgriThority for scientific business, market and product expertise.