MEET YOUR 360 TEAM
GREGG SAUDER, PRESIDENT
I’m Gregg Sauder and it is my passion to help farm families. I’ve never been more excited about the yield opportunity growers have today, and I’m excited to share new discoveries and approaches with my fellow farmers. As farmers, my family understands how important a good crop is and how devastating a difficult season can be to a family. That’s why we continually seek opportunities for farmers to get the most out of their fields first by starting Precision Planting, and now with 360 Yield Center. We test every new approach and every new piece of equipment on our family farm in Tremont, Illinois.
360 YIELD CENTER SALES TEAM
Your main point of communication with 360 Yield Center is our Sales Team. Based across the United States, this team of Regional Agronomy Managers, Area Sales Managers, and an Ag Retail Specialist is easily accessible and happy to provide you with the information you need about our line of products.
JIM HEDGES, DIRECTOR OF SALES
My entire life is driven by the ability to make a difference in the agricultural industry. I truly believe the mission of 360 Yield Center to help farmers capture more yield will have an impact not only on farmers and their bottom line, but also on crop production and food security across the globe. I grew up in Moweaqua, Illinois, and after graduating from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Agronomy, I returned home to farm. In 1987, I co-founded Moweaqua Seed Company, which was acquired by Monsanto brands in 2007. I worked for seven years in various leadership roles within Monsanto, before joining 360 Yield Center in 2013. I currently live and farm in Moweaqua with my family.
JADON MESSER, AREA SALES MANAGER
NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA
I grew up on a large scale Family Farm, Ranch, and Dairy in Richardton, ND. I attended North Dakota State University where I graduated with a Major in Agricultural Engineering and a minor in Agri-business. After college I took full time employment with Plains Grain and Agronomy out of Enderlin, ND where I specialized in Precision Ag equipment but also worked on the retail side of seed, chemical, fertilizer, crop consulting, etc. With my farming background I bring a lot of experience and expertise to the table. I’m very well versed with all of the latest and greatest types of farm equipment and practices. Having ability to be in the ag retail business and still be engaged and operate on my own farm gives me a great understanding of the farmer’s mentality, which helps me be a great salesman in the position I am in now. I currently live in Wyndmere, ND which is in SE ND.
JOSH MESSER, AG RETAIL SPECIALIST
I grew up on the family farm in Richardton, ND and quickly realized that production agriculture was the perfect career for me. After graduating from North Dakota State University in 2006 with a B.S. in Agricultural Economics and a Minor in Crop and Weed Sciences,I became an Agronomist for an Ag retailer in Southeastern North Dakota. I spent 8 years in ag retail focusing on helping growers unlock yield potential through better fertility management and that is what pushed me to join 360 Yield Center in the fall of 2014. I currently live in West Fargo, ND and farm with my family in Richardton, ND.
JAMIE BRAND, REGIONAL AGRONOMY MANAGER
CENTRAL & SOUTHERN IOWA, KANSAS, OKLAHOMA, TEXAS
I grew up on a family farm near Grinnell, Iowa with a younger brother and two older sisters. My family operation is really focused around livestock and we run a large farrow to finish operation along with 250 acres of row crop. I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1995 with a degree in Business Administration. After spending four years working management outside of agriculture, I decided to return to my true passion. Over the last seven years I have worked at Agriland FS as a Seed Sales Manager in Western Iowa. I have a genuine passion for figuring out how to push the limits of the production of corn and soybeans and that led me to join the 360 Team in Septemeber 2015. I currently live in Grimes, Iowa with my wife Natalie and our two boys Zach (12) and Benjamin (23). We enjoy riding four wheelers, boating and spending time on the farm helping my parents.
AARON PHILLIPS, REGIONAL AGRONOMY MANAGER
MINNESOTA, CENTRAL & NORTHERN WISCONSIN, NORTHERN IOWA
I grew up on a farm in southern MN, and am currently active in the management of the operation with my father. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a major in Agricultural Business and a minor in Agronomy. My career has included several positions where I've has gained vital knowledge in agronomy, sales, management, and technology. Some of these positions include: Crop Production Specialist for Cenex Land O’Lakes, Precision Ag Manager for Northland Precision, and Regional Sales Manager for both AGCO and Trimble Navigation. In my spare time, I love spending time with my wife and our four kids, coaching my son’s baseball team, hunting, and watching/participating in sports.
MATT FOES, REGIONAL AGRONOMY MANAGER
CENTRAL & NORTHERN ILLINOIS, SOUTHERN WISCONSIN
I grew up on a corn and soybean farm in Northern Illinois. I graduated from the University of Illinois with a M.S. in Weed Science/Agronomy. Following college, I worked for Garst Seed Company in Southern Illinois and Missouri before moving to Monsanto where I held various agronomy sales/research roles for 17 years covering Northern Illinois and/or Wisconsin. In June of 2014, I joined 360 Yield Center as a Regional Agronomy Manager for Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. Besides my role at 360, I continue to work on my 2500 acre farming operation in Bureau County, IL where I work closely with 360 engineering to test and design new products/concepts. My wife, Kathy, and I currently live near Rockford, IL with our two daughters Abby (15), and Ella (12).
GREG URY, REGIONAL AGRONOMY MANAGER
CENTRAL & SOUTHERN ILLINOIS, MISSOURI, KENTUCKY, TENNESSEE, THE DELTA REGION
I grew up in Southern Illinois on the family farm where we raised corn, soybeans, cattle and hogs. I received my B.S. in Agronomy from Murray State University and my M.S. in Agronomy from the University of Illinois. I have worked in various roles in ag retail as well as for Monsanto as a Territory Agronomist for Asgrow/DEKALB. I joined the 360 Team in September 2014. I currently live in Staunton, IL with my wife and two sons.
STEPHANIE SMITH, REGIONAL AGRONOMY MANAGER
MICHIGAN, NORTHERN INDIANA, CANADA (ONTARIO, QUEBEC)
I received my M.S., C.C.A., in Crop and Soil Science from Michigan State University. I worked for Monsanto for 3 years as a Technology Development Representative in Iowa and Illinois as well as a product manager in St. Louis. Following my time with Monsanto, I worked as a Field Agronomist for DuPont Pioneer in NE Indiana for 2 years. When 360 Yield Center formed about 2 years ago, I had the opportunity to join Gregg Sauder’s team as a Regional Agronomy Manager and I currently cover MI, IN, NY and Canada. I am a resident of Fort Wayne, Indiana where I farm with my family in Hillsdale Co., MI on a corn, soybean, wheat, hog and strawberry operation.
TRAVIS HARRISON, AREA SALES MANAGER
INDIANA, OHIO, EASTERN U.S.
I grew up in Harrisburg, Nebraska and have always had a passion for educating and making a difference in agriculture. My career began with Deere as a Product Specialist and then as a Solutions Specialist, where I focused on equipment optimization and John Deere FarmSight. While with Deere, I was responsible for the Exact Emerge launch and the 4 series sprayers. After my time with Deere, I moved to Simplot as a Crop Advisor where I managed accounts and developed training programs for customers. I put together farm plans, have a strong knowledge of equipment and agronomic practices and am a Certified Crop Advisor. I received my degree from Chadron State College where I just completed my Master of Business Administration.
Our team of engineers strives to continuously create and improve upon innovations that maximize crop potential. By challenging traditional thinking and utilizing new technology, the engineering team takes what begins as an idea and a concept aNd turns it into reality in a very short period of time.
At 360 Yield Center, we are here to deliver on our promise to maximize crop potential. Our agronomy team is out in the field ensuring that our products are producing results for growers and impacting yield. Our tests and field data help us to shape and change production to continuously improve.
At 360 Yield Center, nitrogen management is the basis of what we do and the center of our message. The goal of this team is to spread that message and educate on effective and efficient application of N. This team is the brains behind our webinars, shows/events, design, social media and more.
Our team of product support specialists is here to assist you with all of your questions and needs relating to 360 Yield Center products. From product installation to assistance in calibrating a sensor to comparing different application methods, this team is here and happy to assist you.
As the financial backbone of our organization, our accounting and finance team handles our ordering and invoicing process. Discounts and dealer program originate with this team, and they are on hand and happy to assist with any questions about financing your 360 Yield Center products.