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Ryan Meister Named Director of Technology

Ryan Meister

Ryan Meister

As technology drastically changes the agricultural landscape, Servi-Tech is reinvesting in its commitment to high-tech applications in agriculture.

It is with pleasure that Servi-Tech announces that Ryan Meister will be changing his role within Servi-Tech to Director of Technology Development. In this new role, Meister will be responsible for assisting Servi-Tech’s crop service division in technology training, creating consistent technology services throughout the company, working with our software vendors to increase usefulness, helping grow technology based revenue for crop service, and looking for and creating new technology service offerings.

“Ryan will bring consistency and expertise to this role, designed to enhance the overall level of the adoption of technology within Servi-Tech’s agronomy staff,” said Pete Kruse, Servi-Tech Director of Operations. “We are proud to have Ryan on our staff, and look forward to the changes ahead.”​

Meister has been the eastern Nebraska territory manager for the past two years, and has been with the company for 11 years.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to bring new technology to our customers,” Meister said. “The rate at which new tools are being made available will provide new opportunities in ag, and I hope to utilize these new tools along with our agronomy expertise for the benefit of our customers.”

This move will make room for a new territory manager in eastern Nebraska. Servi-Tech is currently accepting applications to fill this position.

Nebraska State Games

Good morning!

Joe Young, network computer systems administrator, and Abdel Bruguera, feed lab tech, participated in the Nebraska State Games. Joe got a third place metal in the mountain bike event, and Abdel won three bronze and one silver in fencing (Joe is pictured with his wife, Karissa).

Both Joe and Abdel work in our Hastings Laboratory in Hastings, Neb.

Congratulations, Joe and Abdel!




Servi-Tech in the News

Good afternoon!

Servi-Tech has a couple of mentions in the current issue of Ag Professional magazine.

Here’s a PDF of the stories.

And here are the photos:

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Caption: Panel and roundtable discussions dominated the annual meeting schedule. Talking to the crowd during the “Precision Ag Implementation in Your Business” consultant panel are (left to right) John Payne, Servi-Tech, Inc., Ransom, Kan.; Blaine Viator, Ph.D., Calvin Viator & Associates, Labadieville, La.; and Matt Weller, Centrol Inc., Marshall, Minn.

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Caption: The new president of NAICC, Gary Coukell, stands between the two Crop Consultants of the Year – Tim Moline, left, and Andrew Vrbka- during the presentation of awards in New Orleans.

37 Nebraska Icons

Good morning!

We ran across an interesting article on Twitter this morning and thought we’d share.

On March 1, 1867, Nebraska became the 37th state. To celebrate Nebraska’s birthday the Lincoln Journal Star published a list of 37 Nebraska icons.

Here’s the list.

Many of our customers and employees live in Nebraska. We hope you enjoy this!

Servi-Tech Agronomist Earns National Award

A Servi-Tech agronomist earned national recognition for his achievements in crop consulting in Nebraska.

Andrew Vrbka

Andrew Vrbka of Geneva earned the 2013 Crop Consultant of the Year award through the National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants. Vrbka accepted the award in New Orleans with his wife, Jennifer.

Andrew Vrbka received the 2013 Consultant of the Year award from the National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants. He received the award at NAICC’s annual meeting in New Orleans on Jan. 31. The award recognizes entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, innovation and community involvement by an agricultural consultant.

Vrbka is a technical support agronomist for Servi-Tech. He consults on close to 16,000 acres of mostly corn and soybeans in south central Nebraska. As part of Servi-Tech’s precision agronomy group, Vrbka is involved in variable rate fertilizer and seed applications, data management, yield analysis, and satellite imagery. He lives in Geneva and has worked for Servi-Tech for 10 years.

Rick Runyan, Servi-Tech’s central Nebraska manager, said Vrbka is deserving of the award.

“Andrew has a very strong work ethic,” Runyan said. “He’s very dedicated to providing service and technology to his customers and to Servi-Tech employees.”

The NAICC is a professional society that represents the nation’s crop production and research consultants. Vrbka has been a member of the NAICC for five years and said he’s seen other seasoned Servi-Tech agronomists win the award. Other Servi-Tech award winners include Orvin Bontrager, Jeff Kugler, Clark Poppert, Dave Green, and Bryan Boroughs.

“It was a pretty big surprise,” Vrbka said.

Mitch Counce, CEO of Servi-Tech, also said Vrbka is deserving of the award.

“He has been very active and innovative in working with new technologies that are available for farmers,” Counce said.

Vrbka does crop consulting work for Brian Isernhagen of Stormy Valley Farms in south central Nebraska, including collecting soil samples, bug scouting and precision agriculture. Isernhagen said Vrbka is a reliable consultant he can count on.

“Andrew is very thorough and is very good at his job,” Isernhagen said.


Good afternoon!

Awards were given out to Servi-Tech’s crop service and lab employees this month. Congratulations to everyone who won an award!

Here are some photos of the ceremonies.

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Bryan Boroughs received the 400,000 acre award.

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Shane Wurm received the 300,000 acre award.

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Jared Andersen received the 200,000 acre award and the 15-year award.

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BJ New was named a senior agronomist.

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Beau Davis was named a senior agronomist.

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Bryce Vance was named a technical service agronomist.

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Andrew Vrbka was named a technical service agronomist.

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Orvin Bontrager received the 35-year award.

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Kirk Rice received the 35-year award.

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Mitch Counce received the 35-year award.

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Mike Dart received the 25-year award and the agronomist of the year award.

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Patty Pruett received the 30-year award.


Fred Vocasek received the 30-year award.


Ellie Elmore received the 25-year award.

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Jeff Nitsch received the 25-year award.


Nancy Jenny received the 25-year award.


Cindy Klein received the 15-year award.


Teresa Hafer received the 10-year award.


Betty Spease received the 15-year award.

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Clint Burmester received the 10-year award.

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Steve Bryan received the 10-year award.


Gary Henry received the 10-year award.

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Seth Lade received the Leadership Award.

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Justin Meyer received the New Employee of the Year Award.

Recruiting Events

Good afternoon!

We just wanted to take some time and thank all of the universities we’ve visited with in recent weeks during recruiting fairs.

We’ve met some excellent students so far!

Here’s a list of where we’ll be recruiting in the future. If you’re a student and you’re interested in a job with Servi-Tech, come find us!


You can also find the list of recruiting events on out website,

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We enjoyed attending the Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources career fair earlier this week at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.