The Ag Division

Research and Business Development Center (RBDC)  agriculture clients gain valuable insights through PhD faculty guided student research from projects ranging from testing applied products to new cultivars to product development. Students receive opportunities to solidify concepts learned in the classroom by applying them. Students also gain skills and understand methods used in industry along with building a professional confidence.

Trusted Results

The primary focus of the ag division is to test products through research. Whether it’s seed, fungicide, fertilizer or any number of other products, our PhD faculty mentoring and student led research teams have the knowledge and experience to set up and run high quality research studies. Our flexible approach helps us tailor studies based on specific client needs. This format also yields dividends for the students involved. They accelerate their professional growth through exposure to deadlines, budgets, client expectations, unexpected challenges, leadership opportunities and interpersonal skills.

Professional Growth

Clients, students and faculty have the opportunity to network and establish relationships that goes far beyond a LinkedIn connection. These exchanges develop individuals who are excited to make a difference in agriculture. Students working on projects are better prepared for employment. Through a project, students become familiar with the organization of the business, policies, processes and company culture. Upon project completion, clients have a pre-trained pool of talent that they can tap. Projects with RBDC can help establish relationships that lend easily to an intensive, low risk recruiting effort. Faculty are able to engage in research that continues to expand the horizon of knowledge in agriculture while establishing connections that enable ongoing projects.

Projects

Greenhouse Research to Test Your Products

At the Research and Business Development Center (RBDC), our aim is connect clients with great student projects. Our agriculture division is proficient in carrying out greenhouse research. The amount of space available for greenhouse projects varies by semester. Greenhouse research allows your products to be tested in a more controlled environment. This is perfect for early product development testing. You can provide us with an experiment protocol, or we can develop one for you based on the requirements of the research. Our team has deep experience in the ag industry and are ready to guide the student teams to success.

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Field Research to Test Your Products

At the Research and Business Development Center (RBDC), our aim is connect clients with great student projects. Our agriculture division is proficient in carrying out small plot research. Plot sizes can vary to fit your needs. There is a limited availability of larger plots depending on project requirements. You can provide us with an experiment protocol, or we can develop one for you based on the requirements of the research. Our team has deep experience in the ag industry, and we are ready to guide the student teams to success.

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Past Clients

Meet the Team

Kurt Harman

Director of Agriculture

Kurt was raised on a potato farm in Idaho.  For his career, he consulted growers on their agronomy needs such as irrigation, nutrient, pest and soil management. Additionally, Kurt has been integrally involved in several ag business ventures. He has a BS in agronomy—ag business emphasis. He is also a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA).

Bryan Hopkins, PhD

Research Consultant

Bryan is an Idaho native with a specialty in nutrient, soil, water and crop management. He has worked in industry and academia. He is a professor at Brigham Young University (BYU). Bryan earned his degrees in agronomy and horticulture from Kansas State University (PhD) and BYU (MS, BS). He is also a Certified Professional Soil Scientist (CPSSc).

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