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Verge Ag Announces Strategic Combination with Tecgraf Accelerating Growth in Latin America

Brings together two pioneers in agricultural operations planning to provide customers with a single powerful, intuitive, web-based planning software - Launch Pad
Integration of AgroCAD® functionality into Launch Pad accelerates Verge Ag’s market leading operations planning software for farmers globally 
Building on Tecgraf’s deep customer relationships, expands Verge Ag’s presence in Latin America
Provides existing Tecgraf customers with immediate access to next generation technology from the same Tecgraf team they know and trust
CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA – Verge Technologies (“Verge Ag”), the leading provider of operations and path planning software for production agriculture, today announced it has entered into a strategic combination with Tecgraf Tecnologia Em Computacao Grafica Ltda. (“Tecgraf”). Tecgraf is the leading developer of computer aided design solutions for agricultural applications with customers in 12 countries utilizing its AgroCAD® software on approximately 10 million acres of farmland.  This transaction brings the powerful geoprocessing and path planning features of AgroCAD® into Launch Pad, Verge Ag’s intuitive, web-based farm operations planning interface. 
Bringing Verge Ag and Tecgraf together positions the company as the leading provider of operations and path planning software for production agriculture with its user-friendly, intuitive operational planning and coordination software, Launch Pad.  Launch Pad is one of the only software tools available that lets a user plan, simulate and optimize their on-farm operations in one simple window. A user can easily consider and balance operating considerations to minimize field operating time, number of turns or distance, and soil erosion potential while managing year over year traffic patterns, and implications of one operation on the efficiency of another.  With the transaction, Launch Pad will also provide curved-path alternatives, guess row optimization and turn automation across all major agriculture equipment and guidance manufacturers.
“The bringing of Verge Ag and Tecgraf together through this unique transaction significantly accelerates the functionality of Launch Pad and expands our reach into Latin America.  Over the past two decades, the Tecgraf team built an extremely powerful and very well regarded tool in AgroCAD®.  Building on their expertise and customer relationships with some of the largest and most sophisticated growers in the world, we are excited to be advancing agriculture’s journey toward autonomous farming together,” said Verge Ag’s Chief Executive Officer, Ryan Johnson. “With the Tecgraf team as part of the Verge Ag family, we’re excited to take Launch Pad to market to provide Latin American farmers with an operations planning tool that is powerful enough to address their needs for curved path plan design, erosion mitigation and full season analysis but also intuitive, easy and flexible enough that anyone in their organizations can work with it to start driving immediate results.”
“Since 1991, our team has been passionately building AgroCAD® into the most comprehensive field planning tool in the market,” said Warsis Slywitch, director and founder of Tecgraf. “As we looked to continue to grow with our customers and meet their evolving needs beyond our traditional markets of sugarcane and rice, we saw the need for a planning tool that was more intuitive and agile for the corn, soy and cotton farmer.  The team at Verge Ag and their Launch Pad software were right on the mark and so bringing our businesses together made perfect sense.” 
In connection with the transaction, the shareholders of Tecgraf will become shareholders of Verge Ag and the Tecgraf team will be the exclusive providers of Launch Pad in Brazil.  The AgroCAD® desktop software will continue to be supported and existing AgroCAD® customers will continue to have access to its tools.  The technical teams of both Verge Ag and Tecgraf have already commenced development work to integrate the highest priority features from AgroCAD® into Launch Pad and will continue to add additional features to Launch Pad over time.    
Source : vergeag

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