An EnterpriseWorks’ graduate, Agrible, has been acquired by Nutrien Ag Solutions in 2018. Agrible is a digital agriculture company with an advanced platform and product offering that includes a broad set of agronomist and on-farm advisory tools, data science capabilities, and more. The start-up celebrated the grand opening of their headquarters located in the Research Park at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2015. In less than a year, Agrible grew from less than 10 employees to a full-time staff of nearly 50. This growth represented the development and outreach possibilities for Morning Farm Report and future projects, and the new space provides a modern and exciting place to work.
“The quality of our products has always been reflected in the quality of our amazing team, and now we have the office to match that.” said Chris Harbourt, CEO of Agrible. “It’s an energized work environment in the perfect city right in the heart of U.S. agriculture.”
Agrible established its roots in the Research Park as a start-up at the EnterpriseWorks incubator. With the help of resources available through EnterpriseWorks and Research Park, Agrible launched Morning Farm Report and made important connections in the community with growers and other Research Park companies. In 2018 Agrible was featured on the Thrive Top 50 list for the second year in a row. This rank signified the best in agriculture technology from around the world.
“Agrible has developed a very impressive set of digital agronomic and sustainability tools which can be immediately incorporated into our existing digital platform,” commented Mike Frank, President of Nutrien Ag Solutions. “These will strengthen the unique omni channel offering that we have created by combining the independent knowledge and customer focus from our local agronomist network and our extensive distribution system, ensuring our customers get the best products, services, agronomy advice and e-commerce convenience. Agrible has also developed an industry leading sustainable ag platform and solution, developed through strong partnerships with some of the world’s most prominent food and beverage companies. We are excited to welcome Agrible’s talented team to Nutrien Ag Solutions’ digital organization and to expand our presence into Champaign, Illinois,” added Frank.
Nutrien joined the Park in 2015 and today, the company is committed to being the leading provider of agricultural inputs in each of their markets. Advancements in technology have allowed for more effective growing methods while minimizing environmental impacts. As they’ve welcomed more operations and expanded product and service offerings, their reach has become global. Nutrien Ag Solutions now part of a network of retailers that spans three continents.