Chad Colby has his fingers on the pulse of the newest and best of agricultural technology, and he is generous in sharing that information with farmers and growers, agri-businesses and organizations, here in the U.S. and around the world. His popular technology updates and field reports for This Week in Agribusiness bring our viewers a unique perspective on production agriculture from across the country.
— Max Armstrong Founder and Host, This Week in Agribusiness
From his origin as an Illinois farm kid to a self-professed technology nerd, Chad Colby has emerged as one of the most sought-after agricultural technology experts in this country, and, now, around the globe. Chad has the remarkable ability to connect with a wide range of audiences. Whether it is a table of 10 growers or a room of 300 agribusiness leaders, Chad weaves his own experiences into explanations of current and emerging technologies in a manner that leaves them embracing concepts and ready to adopt cutting-edge production practices.
— Wendy Feik Pinkerton Senior Partner, Demeter Communications

When agriculture's leaders seek superlative insight and expertise in new and emerging technologies they turn to Chad Colby. Chad is the founder and principal of Colby AgTech, where he works with progressive farmers, leading companies and government agencies to provide deeper understanding of new technologies and recommendations on its practical applications. He is one of the industry-leading advocates for the use of unmanned aerial systems in agriculture. Twitter's Commercial Drone Industry named @TheChadColby as of the "20 People to Follow on Twitter," where he landed in the number six spot.

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 spent several years in Los Angeles working with an aviation construction company that designed, developed and built airport hangars across the U.S. It was during this time that Chad earned his pilot’s license and grew his passion for aviation. Recent he spent the last few years as the general manage Case IH dealership group in Central IL.

Chad Colby 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. He is also featured weekly segment "Colby AgTech" on This Week in Agribusiness, hosted by Orion Samulson and Max Armstrong.

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.

Chad resides in Goodfield, IL.

Connect with Chad on Twitter: @TheChadColby, by emailing him at colbyuas@

  • 2018 Board Member of National Association of Farm Broadcasting

  • 2015 Commercial UAV Expo Advisory Board

  • Life Member of National Corn Growers

  • Life Member of Experimental Aircraft Association - EAA

  • Member of American Soybean Association

  • Life Member of FFA Alumni

  • Member of Academy of Model Aeronautics ~ AMA

  • Member of Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association ~ AOPA

  • Member of Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International ~ AUVSI

  • Member of Unmanned Autonomous Vehicle System Association

  • Member of Drone Pilots Associations