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Verdant Partners LLC

301 N. Neil Street, Suite 305
Champaign, IL 61820 USA

Tel: +1 (217) 840-8289

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Chris Harbourt, Ph.D.


Dr. Harbourt is a world-class scientist and engineer with an eye on innovation and growth, bringing over 25 years of agricultural experience to the Verdant team. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Biological Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech and his Master’s and PhD in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.


He is currently the CEO of AirScout, a thermal aerial imagery and crop scouting start-up based in Illinois and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor teaching agricultural classes in the Department of Crop Sciences and entrepreneurship with the College of Engineering.


Previously, Dr. Harbourt was involved with multiple ag-technology companies, most notably as co-founder and founding CEO of Agrible. Under his leadership, Agrible successfully raised multiple rounds of financing prior to its acquisition by Nutrien in July 2018 for $63 million, making it one of the true success stories in ag-tech.

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