Feed the World Smarter
SmartHP makes your horse power intelligent regardless of the form or color it comes in. It is the main “brain” which allows virtually any machine to be automated.
SmartView is a powerful tool which allows any manned machine to be hosted on the AAVI platform and work with unmanned machines.
AAVI is the software control and monitoring platform for all connected manned or unmanned machinery.
Who We Are
Colin Hurd: Founder and CEO
Colin graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Agriculture Business. After founding a company in 2013 called Agriculture Concepts he developed a revolutionary planting product called TrackTill® and shortly after added an additional product called CADEN Edge. After successfully growing sales to over $1.5 Million, Agriculture Concepts licensed the TrackTill® product line to Yetter Manufacturing and exited the distribution contract for CADEN Edge. Shortly after exiting Agriculture Concepts Colin founded Smart Ag to take on a new problem TrackTill® customers were struggling with
Mark Barglof: Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Mark graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Graduate Certificate in Agronomy. Mark served as an Infantry Officer in the US Army and deployed to Iraq as a platoon leader with the 25th Infantry Division. After leaving the Army, Mark worked as a Program Manager at Rockwell Collins responsible for data link technologies for miniature UAV’s and mesh network technologies used by the US military. Mark began his experience in agriculture in 2008 when he was a program manager and eventually an engineering manager for John Deere working on it’s telematics products. Recently, Mark was the manager of software engineering at Ag Leader. In addition to his industry experience Mark is also a corn and soybean farmer in North Central Iowa.
Quincy Milloy: Electronics Engineering
Quincy is a former ISU electronics engineering student and began his career early working for Rowe Electronics. He is an expert in telemetry, GPS positioning, remote monitoring and control of equipment, ag hardware design and machine to machine mesh networking. One of his previous projects was developing and manufacturing a cloud based remote monitoring system for DuPont’s cellulose ethanol harvest. This system was developed in collaboration with ISU and has been implemented on the 100’s of tractors used during the stover harvest every year.
Andrew Johnson: Front-End Software Engineering
Andrew is a Computer Engineering graduate from Iowa State University. He has spent the last 4 years developing web based user interfaces and has gained a lot of industry experience building applications for a variety of purposes. His proficiency and knowledgeable with Smart Ag’s architecture which makes him the leading engineer for our cloud based user platform AAVI.
Thomas Antony: Vehicle Control Engineer
Thomas is finishing his PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue he has also completed a degree for Self-Driving Car Engineering and is an expert in complex mathematical software development. With a background in Aerospace Computer Engineering and study in the field of autonomous vehicles, Thomas is an all-star when it comes to software control of large unmanned systems.
Zachary Beese: On-Board Software Engineering
Zach has years of experience developing software and hardware for agricultural applications. Previously he worked at John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group on a wide range of precision ag products. He is an expert in agriculture related telemetry, programming, cloud computing, Internet of Things, GIS, and path planning. Zach is a full time contractor for Smart Ag.
Our vision at Smart Ag is to Feed the World Smarter and it all starts by unlocking the potential of farmer not the acre, not the seed, and not the plant.
In our opinion, the smartest way to solve the huge worldwide challenge of feeding a fast growing population is to empower farmers to leave the cab to complete operations faster and with less labor then ever before, we believe they can unlock the potential of the land better than anyone else. With the correct tools, technology and knowledge, farms can do the seemingly impossible.
Our goal is to give them the technology to farm smarter and eliminate the choice between what is best for their farm and constraints like available labor, brands of equipment or data compatibility. That is why our first product AutoCart™ can be used with an operator in the grain cart tractor or autonomously and is compatible with any brand or combination of brands of equipment. It also provides the farm with a variety of data from every connected machine which can be used or shared however they choose.
Empowering the farmer to leave the cab and reach new levels of productivity
Sign up to attend a live demo of a driver-less tractor and grain cart on July 12th. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/autocart-demo-day-rescheduled-for-july-12th-tickets-34323440334