Agrible® employees talk Morning Farm Report® and sustainability at this year’s Big Data Summit

Agrible employees, Paul Miller and Tim Kuehlhorn, will join other panelists at the iHotel in Champaign, Illinois to talk about Big Data and agricultural technology at this year’s Big Data Summit. Both panelists will touch on how Agrible’s Morning Farm Report software works, which helps farmers with their every day sustainability practices in order to ensure their crops are responsibly grown. Check out the bios below for more on these two, as well as how their positions at Agrible relate to each of their discussions. 

This is such a great event to be held here in Champaign, Illinois, as it shows what a great tech community the University of Illinois has. The U of I Research Park is instrumental in showcasing new and innovative technology, as well as supporting the people behind it all—thanks to them for bringing thought leaders together around Big Data!

Paul Miller, Ph.D., University of Illinois alumnus. Paul is a co-founder and the Chief Science Officer of Agrible, where he leads product design and development. He has over 17 years of experience working with big data and agriculture. He believes that software for growers, agricultural production, and sustainable sourcing, in general, reflect the complexities of agriculture. Optimizing sustainable farming practices requires keeping careful notes, trying new things on the farm, and evaluating what works and what does not. That is the scientific method. That is big data. Before co-founding Agrible, Paul investigated computational methods for modeling nitrogen and phosphorus as a postdoctoral research associate. The work was part of a modeling project simulating hydrologic and water quality modeling in complex terrain. He also contributed to a field study design for a USDA-NRI grant, focused on rill and interrill erosion, isotope tracking, and rare earth element tracing, jointly with researchers at Case-Western University. Finally, he coordinated analyses of water quality as part of the Wisconsin Buffer Initiative, including developing study-specific techniques for quantifying sediment and phosphorus  concentrations in mixed media water quality samples. Paul is passionate about intellectual pursuits—both socially and professionally—and the need to feed the world during times of such incredible variability.

Tim Kuehlhorn, University of Illinois alumnus. Tim is a co-founder and the Chief Technology Officer at Agrible, and is responsible for the development of data processing infrastructure and creating the best possible platform for customers. He provides the technical vision that enables the team at Agrible to achieve industry-leading results—the agronomic insights customers depend on day-to-day to help improve their farming operations. The technology team at Agrible has some amazing talent, and they’ve built a useful suite of agronomic apps and tools designed from the ground up to improve farming operations so that growers can be more sustainable. Tim received his bachelor’s degree in computer science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he worked on implementing statistical algorithms for the Agricultural Engineering department. Previously, Tim has led international development teams, where he coordinated design, development, and quality assurance of high quality enterprise mobile applications for billion-dollar companies. Tim is also on the board of CUDO, the Champaign Urbana Design Organization. This allows him to connect with a community of creative people. It really influences how he thinks about design from an interactive level and a technical level to provide the best possible experience for users.