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Eric Snodgrass

Eric Snodgrass

Eric Snodgrass, is the lead Atmospheric Scientist who assesses and forecasts weather risks in the Agriculture industry.

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  • $5,000 - $7,000
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  • Agriculture
  • Weather
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Experience

  • Education
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Career

  • 5 Years
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  • About

    Eric Snodgrass is the Principal Atmospheric Scientist for Nutrien Ag Solutions, where he develops predictive, analytical software solutions to manage weather risk for global production agriculture. He provides frequent weather updates that focus on how high-impact weather events influence global agriculture productivity. His current research uses machine learning to better understand field-level weather impacts on yields in the US and to increase confidence in long-range weather prediction. He presents his research as a featured speaker at over 50 conferences annually where he provides logistical guidance and solutions to weather-sensitive financial institutions, farmers, commodity traders, and other stakeholders.

     

    Before transitioning to Nutrien Ag Solutions, Eris was the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2006-2018. Each year, he guided over 1800 students through the wild side of weather in ATMS 120: Severe and Hazardous Weather. He taught advanced courses on General Physical Meteorology (ATMS 201), Meteorological Instrumentation (ATMS 315), Economics of Weather (ATMS 491) and supervised numerous Capstone Research projects. Snodgrass also taught ENSU 310: Renewable and Alternative Energy for the Environmental Sustainability Program. He also advised all undergraduate majors and minors in atmospheric science (~100 students) and supervised graduate teaching assistants and master’s students. He won many prestigious teaching awards at the University of Illinois including College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teaching Excellence award, the Campus Teaching Excellence Award, and the Campus Teaching Excellent Award in Online and Distance Education. Also, his online version of ATMS 120 was awarded the 2012 “Best Online Course” from the University Professional Continuing Education Association (a national organization).  

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    Keynote OR Breakout | Educational | Technical

    Successful production agriculture has many sources of risk and changing weather conditions and forecasts drive much of our decision making. This presentation will have two primary objectives. First, history is our best teacher so we will investigate the large-scale weather processes that have influenced yields in the US over the last 40 years. We will learn together how to observe and forecast high-impact weather patterns that cause yields to break away from trend (i.e., floods, drought, heat waves, cool summers, etc). We will discuss the best way to interpret weather forecasts (both short- and long-term) and where to go for the best data and forecast graphics. We will also look at long-term trends in weather conditions to determine if there are systematic shifts in temperature and precipitation patterns that are impacting crop production in the US and abroad. We will also use this knowledge to understand how weather conditions lead to record yields in 2018. Our second objective will be forecast the weather through the remainder of winter in the US and then showcase the dominant weather features to watch for the 2019 growing season. We will finish with a discussion about global weather impacts on agriculture, including long-term trends, and discuss the progress of South America’s 2018-19 growing season.
  • Review
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    “Eric Snodgrass was terrific. He easily combines what is usually a dull topic of weather with comedy. He hit it out of the park. The best weather speaker we have heard. Would recommend him to anyone.”

    FCS Financial Amy W
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    “He was extremely knowledgeable on his subject matter, witty and funny. He kept our growers engaged and delighted throughout his presentation. He was PERFECT!”

    AgPartners Clint S
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    “Eric brought a unique presentation to our community. He as the keynote speaker for our annual Farmer Focus Day, but due to his enthusiasm and knowledge, we invited the local Middle School and High School kids to join. Great experience for all.”

    Heartland Tri-State Bank Shan H
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    “Both speakers did an excellent job. Eric gives a really good assessment of the current weather and provides what to look at next spring to tell what's probably going to happen next summer. Very entertaining, easy to listen to, and informative.”

    Longview Capital David A
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    “Some of the comments I heard from those in attendance were: "outstanding" "captivating" "really enjoyable & informative" "could have listened to him another hour", etc. The bottom line is that as a meeting planner I was very pleased. I thought his presentation was "right on" for our group.”

    Missouri Assoc. of Mutual Insurance Co's R.B.
Both speakers did an excellent job. Eric gives a really good assessment of the current weather and provides what to look at next spring to tell what's probably going to happen next summer. Very entertaining, easy to listen to, and informative.
Longview Capital David A