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Our Story


Knowing the difference between glyphosate and 2-4D is important. So is dealing with a company that understands the opportunities and challenges of owning a UAV in agriculture.

At Crop Copter, we are farmers working to be better producers on our own farms – growing more with less. Our best ideas and constant improvements come from our customers who are fellow farmers.  We believe a UAV needs to be durable, cost effective and easy to use.

We are not experts in this technology, but we do work with a team of experts to constantly improve our imaging system and expand our product offering.

We are highly knowledgeable about what is practical and continue to dream about what could be. We want to provide you a premium product that best fits your operation.

Matt Barnard – Owner and CEO

matt_templatePassionate about all things agriculture, Matt started Chief Agronomics, LLC in 2013 after retiring from leadership roles in the seed industry.  He is owner/operator of Barnard Farms Partnership and is working with his family to produce corn and soybeans in Illinois. Matt is active as a church trustee and is a board member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity.  He is a graduate of the Illinois Ag Leadership Program and a 2014 recipient of Vance Publishing’s 40 under 40 Leaders in Agriculture.  A University of Illinois graduate, Matt resides in Foosland, Illinois, with wife Angie and children, Alex and Brecke.

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Brett Haas – Co-owner and Sales Manager for Crop Copter

brett_hassBrett has been working in ag sales his whole career. Brett and his family have operated Haas Seed Sales, LLC for over 35 years. A self-described “techie,” Brett is passionate about precision agriculture and quickly adopts it on his central Illinois farm. With more than 1,000 flights to his name, Brett is Crop Copter’s most experienced pilot. The University of Illinois graduate lives in Downs, Illinois, with wife Ellen and sons, Colton and Ethan, and daughter Evelyn.

Reach Brett at 309.258.8405 or

Tom King – Co-owner of AgriVision, LLC, and Distribution Manager for Crop Copter

tomTom grew up on a farm in central Illinois and currently farms there with his family.  He has worked in the agriculture industry since his graduation from Eastern Illinois University in 2007. Tom maintains and delivers finished kits and manages inventory at Crop Copter, providing quick builds and timely repairs. Tom and wife Brittany live in Downs, Illinois, with their son William.

Reach Tom at 217.413.8899 or