Meet Your Speakers


Chad Colby


Chad Colby grew up on his family’s Central Illinois farm; he says he was always the tech “geek,” and that has not changed. Chad developed in 2013 to provide ag technology experts and enthusiasts with on-time information about the latest in technology advances. This provided a platform for him to share his insights and knowledge at meetings and conferences, as well as through media programs, around the world.

In 2015, Chad established Colby AgTech to further reach and inform agriculture’s most progressive farmers, companies and organizations. To date, Chad has provided information and demonstrations at a majority of U.S. agribusiness company and organization meetings, presented at hundreds of conferences and meetings, such as speaking on Capital Hill in 2018, National Association of Farm Broadcasters, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, Commercial Drone Expo, Commodity Classic, Australian Summer Grains Conference, InfoAg and Farm Progress Show, and conducted hundreds of media interviews, including CNBC, This Week in Agribusiness, WGN Radio, RFDTV Market Day Report, XM Satellite Rural Radio, Iowa Public Radio, and TV program Market to Market. Beginning in 2018, he has hosted a “Colby AgTech” segment on This Week in Agribusiness featuring a weekly report on the latest technology on the farm.


Scott Shearer, PhD PE


Scott Shearer received his Ph.D. in agricultural engineering from The Ohio State University (OSU) in 1986. Currently, he serves as Professor and Chair of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering at OSU. Highlights of his research career include development of methodologies and controls for metering and spatial applying crop production inputs (seed, fertilizer and pesticides); modeling of agricultural field machinery systems; autonomous multi-vehicle field production systems; strategies for deployment of UAS in agriculture; and analyses of production agriculture data sets. He has lead research supported by over $12M in grants; authored more than 200 technical publications (refereed journal articles, conference proceedings, meeting papers and book chapters); and has made numerous invited presentations at international conferences, professional meetings and farmer forums. Dr. Shearer is a Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.



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