About Chad


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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 Ag Tech, where he works with progressive farmers, leading companies and government agencies to provide deeper understanding of new technology and recommendations on its practical applications.

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. Most recently, he served as lead of product support for 360 Yield Center.

Chad Colby developed AgTechTalk.com 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 Ag Tech 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 companies and organization meetings, presented at hundreds of conferences and meetings, such as National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International and Farm Progress Show, and conducted hundreds of media interviews, including This Week in Agribusiness, WGN Radio, RFDTV Market Day Report, XM Satellite Rural Radio and Iowa Public Radio Market to Market.

Chad resides in Goodfield, IL with his wife Karen (partner at McGillicuddy Corrigan Agronomics) and daughters Bristol and Mara.

Chad is involved with the following associations:


  • 2015 Commercial UAV Expo Advisory Board
  • Life Member of National Corn Growers
  • Member of American Soybean Assocation
  • 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


You can find him on Twitter @TheChadColby, Facebook at Chad E. Colby,

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